Speaker Series: The Spirituality of Aging: A Panel Discussion and Workshop
A panel of four people experienced with the challenges of aging and end-of-life decision-making will give short presentations and lead group discussions on the spirituality of aging.
Mary Lou Walker, teacher and author; her career has included being a wife and mother, public school teacher (once honored as a N.Y.S. teacher of the year), and as a Docent at the Kykuit House, John D. Rockefeller Estate. Walker is the co-author of Speak Easy: Mary Lou’s Rules for Engaging Conversation, a guide for those tired of small talk. She is engaged in research on the spirituality of aging.
Diane McNeil, R.N. and A.N.P., has worked over 30 years for the State of N.Y. with mentally challenged and developmentally disabled individuals. After retiring she worked for Hospice, providing home care for those near the end-of-life and assisting them and their families to live to their fullest.
Jean Hayes, former customer service representative for Medicare, wife and mother, will share her experience of living through the end-of-life care, death and funeral planning of her spouse including how a supportive faith community helped make an important difference.
Matthew Calkins, D. Min., Rector of Grace Church and co-author of Speak Easy (and one of three sons of Mary Lou Walker), will speak on his experience providing pastoral care and spiritual counsel to those at the end-of-life and their families.