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Exploring the Complexities of Suicide

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Offered in partnership with Philhaven and Good Samaritan Hospital

The loss of a loved one by suicide is one of the most painful experiences in this life. Join us for Hope in the Darkness: Exploring the Complexities of Suicide, a one-day seminar that will explore the various intricacies of this important discussion.


9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Evangelical Seminary, Dech Memorial Chapel, Myerstown, PA

0.4 CEU credits available.
Cost is $45, includes lunch.

Registration for this event is closed. With questions, call Marsha at 717.866.5775 X 2130.

Event Schedule
8:30am Registration Opens
9:00am Welcome and Devotions
9:30am Losing Joshua
11:00am Is Suicide Preventable?
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Walking with Grieving Families
2:00pm Questions and Conversation


Losing Joshua
One Couple's Story from Despair to Hope
Jeff and Shellie Sterner
The Sterners are learning to live the paradox of life after death, following the suicide of their youngest son, Joshua, on January 3, 2012. Jeff Sterner is President and Chief Operating Officer of High Industries, Inc., and is a member of the board of trustees at Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, PA. He holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in engineering from Drexel University. Shellie Sterner serves in various roles as pastor, chaplain and grief counselor. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Widener University and a Master of Divinity from Evangelical Seminary.

Is Suicide Preventable?
Mental Health Resources and Interventions
Melanie A. Baer, PsyD
Chief Psychologist, Director, Psychology Internship Program at Philhaven
Dr. Baer received her master's degree and doctorate from Rosemead School of Psychology. She has
particular interest in women's issues, trauma treatment, and professional ethics. Dr. Baer is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and the Lancaster-Lebanon Psychological Association.

Walking With Grieving Families
A Pastoral and Congregational Response
Ruthann Dwyer, MA
Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Services at Philhaven
Ruthann is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary, New York City. Ruthann spends her days hearing and honoring people's stories and helping them connect their story with God's story.
Kristal Smith, MDiv
Chaplain for the Good Samaritan Health System, Lebanon, PA
Kristal received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, is a certified Spiritual Director, and has served as a pastor who seeks God's presence in all of life.

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