On Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m., Kate Braestrup, local author and chaplain to the Maine Warden Service, will be giving a free talk at the Hutchinson Center titled “When you’re delivering the bad news.” The talk is geared toward first responders and people who have to deliver bad news.

Kate will tell stories and share ideas from her years of experience with the warden service. She offers a “deeper understanding of how people absorb the shock of bad news and the process of grief.”

Her knowledge comes not only from her work with the warden service, but as an ordained minister and from her personal experience.

In 1996, Kate’s husband, Maine State Trooper Drew Griffith, was killed in a car accident while one duty. She was left the widowed mother of four children between the ages of 3 and 9.

Prior to his death, Griffith had spent the last year of his life thinking about, researching and finally committing to becoming a Unitarian Universalist minister, a plan he had discussed extensively with his wife. In this way, unwittingly, he had prepared the way for Kate to recognize and develop her own vocation.

She entered the Bangor Theological Seminary in 1997 and was ordained in 2004. Since 2001, she has served as the chaplain for the warden service. She joins the wardens as they search the wild lands and fresh waters of the state for those who are lost, offering comfort to those who wait for the ones they love to be rescued or for their bodies to be recovered.

There is limited seating for Kate’s talk so if you plan to attend, please RSVP to 930-2677.

The event is sponsored by Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County in partnership with Waldo County General Hospital.