Starting the Conversation


Seminar Description

It is widely recognized that in life preparation is key, but how do we prepare ourselves and family members to face major life decisions surrounding the aging process, serious illness, and end-of-life care? Too often persons or families are labeled as resistant or lacking in faith when legitimate concerns, barriers, questions, and doubts are present that may impact decision-making and the quality of care they receive. This important seminar, “Starting the Conversation,” will provide tools and resources to empower participants as they explore their faith and show how to have these important and often difficult conversations with family and friends to ensure the best possible outcomes. The more we understand the unique needs and wishes of one another, the better we can respond and the more effective we can be. Massanetta is excited to offer this new program for 2018. 



Rev. C. Brandon Brewer

Rev. Brandon Brewer, MDiv, is an ordained minister in the PC(U.S.A); he currently serves as an Associate Team Director and Hospice Chaplain at Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and Columbia Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Care & Counseling. Brewer is a certified end-of-life specialist with nearly 20 years of ministry experience, having served as a chaplain, pastor, church educator, youth director, and community college adjunct faculty member. He has worked to enhance the practice of chaplaincy and spiritual care services in hospice by developing tools and didactic presentations related to chaplain productivity, evidence-based spiritual care, cultural and spiritual considerations at end of life, ethics, inclusion, and leadership development. In 2018, Brandon served as a contributing author by writing chapters for two books: “Transforming Loss: Finding Potential for Growth” and “Sacred Journeys: Ecumenical Perspectives on Spiritual Care.” Rev. Brewer enjoys writing poetry, reading, genealogy, blogging, social media and music.
Rev. Brewer and his wife, Camille-Kay Brewer, reside in Annapolis, Maryland.



Friday Night:

You are invited to stay the night with us, especially if you will be traveling from far away!
6:00 Dinner
7:00-9:00 Fireside Chat with Brandon. This will be an informal gathering where you will be able to ask Brandon questions upfront about end of life circumstances and dispel any anxieties you may have around discussing it. 


8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Gathering and Devotion
9:15 Welcome
9:30 – 11:45 Morning Session:  “Starting the Conversation.” Brandon Brewer will deliver a conversation on hospice care and preparing for end of life, addressing the myths and barriers that surround it. He will incorporate guided small group discussions, a time for sharing, and a short break.
12:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Workshop A:  Knowing your Local Resources with Local Hospice Chaplain
1:00 – 2:30 Workshop B: Spiritual Needs and Guidance with Brandon Brewer
2:45 – 3:00 Closing Prayer Service




Friday Night Dinner and Saturday: $35
Fireside Chat and Saturday: $25
Saturday Only: $25
(includes lunch on Saturday)

Overnight Stay:

Double Occupancy: $79
Single Occupancy: $109
Double Occupancy with Friday night dinner: $92
Single Occupancy with Friday night dinner: $112
(includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Friday night lodging)


Click Here for Registration Form

 Please email your registration to
or mail with enclosed check to 712 Massanetta Springs Road, Harrisonburg VA, 22801

For any questions regarding registration or lodging please contact Nola Avey at or call 540-434-3829

For any questions regarding the program or if you have financial concerns please contact Hannah Altman at or call 540-434-3829