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Starting the Conversation


October 19 - 20, 2018


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.


Rev. Scott Crannell

Scott Crannell has worked as Chaplain of the Harrisonburg branch of Sentara Hospice since 2015. Prior to that he worked as a Staff Chaplain at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA and completed his chaplaincy residency at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL. In addition to his work as a healthcare chaplain, Scott also served as an installed pastor in the parish setting. Though born and raised in Tampa, FL, Scott first came to Massanetta Springs as a child. He is grateful to now call Harrisonburg home.




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:  “Resources and Considerations for Planning” with Scott Crannell

  • 1:00 – 2:30 Workshop B: “Who’s Conversation is it anyway? Personal Reflections and Readiness” with Brandon Brewer

  • 2:45 – 3:00 Closing Prayer Service


Registration and Fees




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)

 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.

Earlier Event: August 6
Called Together
Later Event: November 9
S.A.L.T - Serving and Learning Together