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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

The Good News About Giving Bad News

  • 2015
  • Other

Though we don’t generally anticipate it much, we’re all likely, at some point in our lives, to be the bearers of the news of death. Kate Braestrup, who teaches death notification to Maine state wardens, walks us patiently, gently, and kindly through the ideal approach to delivering such news.

The daughter of a foreign correspondent, Kate spent her childhood in Algiers, New York City, Paris, Bangkok, and Washington, DC. She was educated at the Parsons School of Design and Georgetown University and holds a Master’s degree from Bangor Theological Seminary. Kate’s first husband, State Trooper James Andrew “Drew” Griffith, was killed in the line of duty in 1996, leaving Kate a widow with four young children. In 1997, Kate entered Seminary and was ordained in the Unitarian-Universalist church in 2004. Since 2001, she has served as chaplain to the Maine Warden Service, joining games wardens on search and rescue missions. She is the bestselling author of Here If You Need Me, Marriage and Other Acts of Charity, Beginner’s Grace, and Anchor & Flares. Kate is married to the artist Simon van der Ven. Between them, they have six children.