Introducing Community Speaker’s Bureau
to Offer Timely Topics for Local Community Groups
Newberry, SC – Whitaker Funeral Home is pleased to announce the formation of a speaker's bureau to serve the education and information needs of the community with a wide range of up to date, educational and interesting topics. Headed by Christie Whitaker, the Speakers Bureau enables church groups, civic organizations and schools to take advantage of Whitaker's vast experience as an emergency team responder and funeral director. Christie has addressed many professional, educational and community groups and has a reputation for clear, insightful and informative presentations on a variety of subjects that have great impact on all who attend.
For more than 15 years, Christie Whitaker worked for the Federal Government as a responder – her training and experience prepared her to understand the incident command system. “Disasters happen daily, some large, some small, but one thing is certain: a disaster impacts everyone in a community in some way,” stated Ms. Whitaker. “While no disaster is the same as another, there are some similarities.”
In her presentation on Disaster Response, Christie shares stories, insights, and her experiences working with families, responders, and organizations during many and varied disasters: fires, aircraft crashes, floods, and the national tragedy of 9/11.
As the Team Leader of Family Assistance during 9/11, she worked with the Medical Examiner’s office and the airlines. She gathered information and met with families to record medical histories and other significant information to be able to complete forensic identification of bodies. In addition, Christie’s role included making sure those who work the disaster stay healthy – both mentally and physically.
Ms. Whitaker explained, “This fascinating topic can take several directions depending on the audience.”
In addition, Ms. Whitaker’s expertise as a funeral director provides a wealth of topics on end-of-life issues.
The Value of Ceremony
When a person is born, we rejoice. When they are married, we celebrate. When they die, we grieve. Ms. Whitaker explains, “Births, weddings, and funerals are ceremonies … and ceremonies are important for many reasons. The funeral service is a form of expressing our grief. It helps us all remember loved ones. They are celebrations that reach into the heart and bring healing as only love can do.” This presentation deals with the options available to create a personalized service that will memorialize loved ones who have died in ways that honor tradition and pay tribute to the individual’s life.
Being a Friend
“… Walk beside me and be my friend.” * How do we as a friend assist someone who is grieving? We want to help but sometimes we agonize over how to go about it. What to do? What not to do? In this program, we offer some ideas and suggestions for supporting those who are grieving. (*Albert Camus, French author and philosopher 1913-1960)
Grief: A Time to Heal
Grief hurts! Grief is a process that one must work through following a significant loss -- the death of a loved one, a pet or even the loss of a job or relationship. Understanding some of the physical, emotional, social and spiritual reactions to loss cannot stop the pain of grief, but it can help one gain a sense of control.
Planning is a part of life and planning a funeral is something most of us must do at some point in our lives. There are many choices to consider when planning a funeral. Some may choose to preplan; some to prearrange; and some to prepay. What are the differences? What is right for you and your family? This presentation helps you to understand your options and the advantages of each.
If you have a topic you’d like to discuss with Christie or have an open slot on your program schedule, call or email Christie Whitaker at 803-276-5000 or Christie@whitakerfuneralhome.com for more information. There is no cost to local community groups for the presentations.