Nationally acclaimed bereavement author, Dr. Bill Hoy will present two workshops for Clergy in theSt. CharlesCountyandSt. Louisareas.  Hosted by Baue Funeral Homes, Crematory & Cemetery, these complimentary seminars will focus on Bereavement Ministry.

The first workshop, intended for Lay Volunteers will teach participants to build their congregation’s bereavement ministry.  Working in the congregation’s bereavement ministry can be a rewarding task, and becomes even more rewarding when the vision is implemented.  Dr. Hoy’s simple model of the grief process helps Lay Volunteers to understand and teach other ministers how to help the bereaved.

The second session, taking place on the following day, is intended for Clergy and focuses on making bereavement ministry more meaningful.  These leaders already provide an important ministry to grieving families so this workshop is designed to review the process and includes the theological perspective on ministry through the funeral.

These two workshops will be held at The Columns Banquet Center inSt. Charles.  The second workshop will include breakfast; seating for both sessions is limited as this is a complimentary program.  Register online at or call 636-328-0878.

About Dr. William G. (Bill) Hoy
Dr. Hoy has experience and a parish pastor, hospice chaplain, bereavement counselor and educator.  In addition to his leadership of the personal care and bereavement programs from Pathways Volunteer Hospice, Bill developed effective bereavement ministries in the congregations he served.  He is the author of three books including “Road to Emmaus: Pastoral Care with the Dying and Bereaved.”  Today, he teaches in the Medical Humanities program in the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University, and is the founder and writer of Grief Connections, a nation-wide newsletter for care giving professionals.