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Your Branch in the Tree of Grief

October 26, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Jason Kissel, CEO of ACRES Land Trust, will share his inspirational presentation on “How Trees Deal with Loss.” Mike Baker and Barbara Schultz with The Peggy F. Murphy Grief Center will also provide education about the difficult path of grief.

Jason Kissel, ACRES Land Trust

Jason loves nature, and in particular, trees. At the age of five he declared that his life’s vocation would be caring for trees. He stayed true to this vision by earning degrees in forestry and ministry, serving as curator of trees for the North Carolina Zoo, and natural resources administrator for the City of Indianapolis. In 2006 he became ACRES executive director, which means he ensures ACRES land, funds, members, volunteers and employees receive the attention and resources they need to thrive.

Jason’s favorite preserves are the ones that have been undisturbed the longest. Preserves with a century or more of time to function undisturbed provide a glimpse into the unique, healthy and diverse systems that Forever will offer all ACRES properties.

Jason appreciates the reminder by Abraham Lincoln of the enduring quality of land: “Laws change; people die; the land remains.”


Barbara Schultz, Stillwater Hospice

Barbara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker having received her MSW from The Ohio State University.  She has been employed at Stillwater since 2011 working as a hospice social worker and now currently as a grief counselor.  Prior to this she worked with children, youth and their families as a therapist primarily in residential settings.


Mike Baker, Stillwater Hospice

Rev. Michael Baker is the Chaplain Coordinator at Stillwater Hospice. In addition to visiting patients and families himself, he leads a team of five chaplains that travel across twelve counties to provide spiritual care to those facing death. He has practiced ministry since 2015, planting a spiritual community focused on healing for those who have experienced spiritual trauma and dissatisfaction with faith practice. It is now his privilege to walk alongside Stillwater’s patients and families to assist them finding the closure and peace they need to conclude their lives well.


Register online below or contact Lauren Richwine at 260-484-9560 or LRichwine@cancer-services.org

LOCATION: Healing Arts Center


October 26, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Healing Arts Center
6316 Mutual Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825 United States
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