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Lessons of Loss: Rewriting Stories of Bereavement

Lessons of Loss: Rewriting Stories of Bereavement on Thursday, May 24 presented by Robert Neimeyer, PhD at Arkansas State University as part of The Billy Joe Emerson Grief Seminar sponsored by the ASU College of Nursing & Health Professions & NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation Hope Circle. Dr. Neimeyer is a noted author, researcher and counselor in the areas of loss and grief. The location is the ASU Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401 and time is 8:30 am-4:00 pm. There is no fee but registration is required and seating is limited. For more information, email or call Dr. Susan Hanrahan, 870-972-3112 or June Morse, 870-934-5214.

Camp Healing Hearts

Camp Healing Hearts is a free family-oriented grief camp for children ages 5-18 and their families and a program of Kaleidoscope Grief Center. Caregiver participation is required and limited day care for children under 5 will be available on request. Camp begins Friday evening, May 18th and concludes Saturday, May 19th. Camp Healing Hearts will be located at Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock and overnight stay at the camp is optional. To register, volunteer or for more information, call 501-978-5437 or email

Alliance for Grief and Loss




May 3

End-of-Life Ethics
Noon-3:00, Training Room 103

HFA video and discussion

May 21

Book discussion: The Other Side of Sadness by George Bonanno

Greg Adams

All meetings are brown-bag lunch meetings in the East Campus Building at Arkansas Children's Hospital, 11:30 am-1:00 pm unless otherwise noted. Please email for more information or to be added to the email mailing list for the Alliance for Grief and Loss. All are welcome.

Good Mourning Grief Support Groups

Good Mourning Grief Support Groups are for any child or teen, ages pre-K through high school, who has experienced a death of a family member or friend. There are also support groups available for the adults in the family. There is no charge for the program, but a completed application is required for each child or teen. For fall 2012, the Parent Orientation will be Tuesday, September 18, at 6:00 pm, and all groups begin Tuesday, September 25, at 6:00 pm. For an application or more information, go to or call 501-364-7000.

National Education Opportunities

Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) Webinars

Raising Grieving Children
Phyllis R. Silverman, PhD, MSW, ScM
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Positive Psychology and Core Character Strength
Judith M. Stillion, PhD, CT
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Reassessing Kübler-Ross on Coping with Dying and Loss
Charles A. Corr, PhD
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT

The Grieving College Student
David E. Balk, PhD, FT
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Working with Multiple Losses
J. William Worden, PhD
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Webinars are held from noon to 1:30 p.m. U.S. Central Time. Check your time zone and avoid registering for a Webinar that is incompatible with your local schedule. ADEC is not responsible for miscalculations relating to the call time in your area.

Bereaved Parents-USA National Gathering

June 29-July 1 Tampa, Florida

Compassionate Friends National/International Conference

July 20-22
Costa Mesa, California

Hospice Foundation of America Spring Program,

End-of-Life Ethics (available beginning April 19, 2012)
Available only on DVD, the program examines, using a case study approach, the ethical issues and dilemmas that emerge at the end-of-life. Ethical decisions at the end of life provide a point where all the factors that influence end-of-life care such as finances, laws, values, culture, and technology converge. The decisions that are made at the end-of-life affect not only the way that the person dies, but also the ways that survivors face the loss. These decisions may influence staff - affecting morale and turnover consequently directly influencing patient care as well as families struggling with grief. This program explores ethical dilemmas that are likely to arise at the end-of-life, the principles of ethical decision-making and the effects of these decisions on staff and families. Case studies will be used to illustrate ethical issues that will be addressed by the program panel.

Registration ($150) includes:

  • one full-length DVD (2.5 hours)
  • availability to show the program as many times as you wish throughout the year - to your registered site location(s) only.
  • a detailed Site Coordinator's Manual
  • 35 Program Guides (with a tip & resource sheet included)
  • access to a media kit to help you publicize the event in your area
  • a discount coupon for the program's companion book, as well as additional useful program materials
  • one complimentary copy of the companion book

Hospice Foundation of America Lunch and Learn Series

Each program will examine a different topic to meet the diverse need of hospices and communities around the country. Then each one will be available for up to a year after its initial live air date. The cost is $85 per program for hospice (or other) organizations or $35 per program for individuals. CEs are available at a cost of $10/person. Go to for registration information.

Hospice Foundation of America is excited to offer a fresh approach to a new set of one-hour educational programs, our "Lunch 'n Learn" series. Each one will feature a panel of experienced professionals offering their own expertise on the topic as well as discussing it with one another and the moderator. If you logon for the live version of the program you will have the opportunity to send in questions that the panelists will answer and discuss during the program.
Grieving Children: How You Can Help
In this program, clinicians will be offered proven approaches and techniques that can support and comfort the sometimes invisible population of grieving children. Participants will have a chance to hear discussions of time-tested literature as well as newer research, and at the same time hear from clinicians who have a wealth of experience in counseling grieving children and their families. View the list of board approvals. Panelists are: David Crenshaw, PhD, Ken Doka, PhD, MDiv, and Pamela Gabbay, MA, FT, and they will be joined by Phil Carpenter, MDiv, from HFA.
Available May 9, 2012, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

David A. Crenshaw, PhD is a licensed psychologist, Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), and Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology. He is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor by the Association of Play Therapy and Cop-Founder and current President of the New York Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Crenshaw is the author of several books.

Ken Doka, PhD, MDiv, is Professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle, and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America. A prolific author and editor, Dr. Doka serves as editor of HFA's Living with Grief ® book series, its Journeys newsletter, and numerous other books and publications. In addition, Dr. Doka has served as a panelist on HFA's Living with Grief® teleconference programs for 18 years.

Pamela Gabbay, MA, FT, is the Director of Mourning Star Centers and Programs in Palm Desert, California and Camp Director for Camp Erin - Palm Springs. Ms. Gabbay is on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. She is a contributing author at Open to Hope. Ms. Gabbay was awarded the Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling.
Compassion Fatigue: How It Affects Professionals - and How to Beat It
Looking at this issue from the healthcare professional's point of view, this program deepens understanding into not only what creates caregiver burnout and compassion fatigue, but also how to deal with it. Panelists are Robin Fiorelli, LCSW, MSW.
Available June 13, 2012, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

National Alliance for Grieving Children Annual Symposium

June 21-23 Orlando, Florida

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