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Coalition of Caring

11th Annual Caregiver’s Conference

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Courtyard Marriot,

Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH


Introducing the 2017 11th Annual Statewide Caregiver’s Conference Keynote Speaker

Keynote Kathleen Rusnak, Ph.D.  

“The Spiritual Journey of the Caregiver”

"While caregivers are inundated with loss and grief, spiritual values of self-love, empathy and hospitality can add inner strength, joy, and community to live a fuller life."

What makes Kathleen’s presentations so appealing—when her subject matter is so naturally unappealing, like death, dying, the Holocaust, or evil—is her talking openly, unabashedly, and humorously about her own thoughts and experiences that we secretly, and sometimes unsettingly, think only we think about or only we go through. We discover that everyone else in the audience is also seeing themselves in what she saying, and we all laugh aloud, feeling the pungent pull of permission—to be more human to ourselves and others.

This allows Kathleen to be able to captivate an audience on topics that are difficult for people. Bonnie Mitelman, founder of Steve’s HOPE, said, Kathleen can look you straight in the eye, talk about dying or life-threatening crises and leave you wanting more. She is realistic, authentic and heartening, bringing comfort and strength to those who need it, and helpful information to anyone who needs to provide it.

In brief, Kathleen is an ordained Lutheran pastor with a doctorate in Psychology and Religion. She has been the pastor of three Lutheran congregations, a hospice chaplain in two hospices, the director of spiritual care and bereavement at The Connecticut Hospice (the first hospice in the United States), and lived and worked in Israel for over two years as the director and study coordinator of the theological department at a post-Holocaust Christian European kibbutz in the Galilee, which focused on repentance and renewal towards the Jewish people.