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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 spring 2014, the Parent Orientation will be Tuesday, March 11, at 6:00 p.m., and all groups begin Tuesday, March 18, at 6:00 p.m. To apply online go to For more information call 501-364-7000.

Alliance for Grief and Loss

The Alliance for Grief and Loss is an informal coalition of helping professionals interested in grief and loss issues. All meetings have a program related to grief and loss and are brown-bag lunch meetings in the East Campus Building at Arkansas Children's Hospital, on the last Monday of the month, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Please email for more information or to be added to the email mailing list for the Alliance for Grief and Loss. Certificates of attendance are provided each time. All are welcome.

Date Topic Leader/Speaker
Wednesday, February 19
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Loss and Grief Issues with LGBT
Youth: A Clinical and Societal Perspective
ACH Chairman's Hall - Sturgis Building
ADEC Webinar
Monday, March 31
11:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Physician-Assisted Death:
Ethical Perspectives
Dr. Micah Hester
Bioethicist - UAMS/ACH
Thursday, April 10
1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss
ACH South Campus
Brandon Auditorium

Hospice Foundation of
America Webcast

Monday, May 19
11:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Book review and discussion - book to be named Greg Adams
Discussion leader

Life Bridge Camp

The camp is to give youth ages 6-17 the opportunity to express their grief due to the loss of a loved one in a safe, healthy environment and equip them with basic tools and knowledge to help as they continue their journey. The hope is to do this in a fun, challenging and accepting environment. Activities include a low ropes course, crafts and horseback riding. There will be age appropriate grief support sessions. There will also be a brief "Helping Youth Through Grief" session for parents and/or guardians. The camp will be facilitated by Life Touch Bereavement Counselors, Social Workers, Chaplains, and Volunteers. The date is Saturday, March 15, 8:30 am-5:15 p.m. and the location is Beech Springs Camp, Smackover. Cost is $15.00 and scholarships are available. Application deadline is February 28. More information at or call 866-378-0388.

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 16, and concludes Saturday, May 17. 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, contact Janet Breen at 501-906-4242.


Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)

Loss and Grief Issues With LGBT Youth: A Clinical and Societal Perspective
Linda Goldman, MS, LCPC, FT
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CST

Note—This webinar will be offered at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Please see listing under Alliance for Grief and Loss above for details.

The Death Café Movement: Engaging the Community with Conversations about Death
Lizzy Miles, MA, MSW, LSW
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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.

Note: Registration will close 10 minutes prior to the Webinar to ensure that all registrants receive dial-in instructions on time.

Hospice Foundation of America

Living with Grief®: Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss

Note—Arkansas Children's Hospital is a registered site for this program. See Alliance for Grief and Loss listing above for more information.

LIVE Streaming Webcast, April 10, 2014, 2:00-4:30 p.m. ET
Register Now online | Register by mail/fax

This new program focuses exclusively on the issues that adolescents face as they cope with loss. Adolescence, broadly defined, from middle school years to emerging adulthood, is a significant developmental period during which adolescents form identity, independence, and intimacy. Illness and loss profoundly influence these processes. Moreover, adolescent encounters with loss are likely to be traumatic - deaths by accident, suicide, and homicide. This program explores the ways that healthcare workers, hospice clinicians and staff, educators, social workers, counselors, clergy, funeral directors, and other professionals can assist adolescents as they cope with loss.

HFA's 2014 Living With Grief® program will be available to registered sites in the following formats:

  • LIVE via Streaming Video Webcast on April 10, 2014 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. (ET)
  • Archived webcast (online); available for 1 year until April 9, 2015
  • A DVD of the program is also available (for an additional fee), but will not ship until mid-June.

The program is 2.5 hours, with an additional 30-minute local discussion (required for CE credits). Sites can schedule their own dates and times (between the dates of 4/10/14 and 4/9/15) to show the program.

Expert Panelists:

  • Tashel Bordere, PhD, MS, Associate Professor, Child and Family Development, University of Central Missouri
  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle, and Senior Consultant, Hospice Foundation of America
  • Pamela Gabbay, M.A., FT, Director, The Mourning Star Center of VNA California and Camp Director, Camp Erin Children's Bereavement Camp
  • Stacy F Orloff Ed. D., LCSW, ACHP-SW, Vice President, Palliative Care and Community Programs, Suncoast Hospice
  • Donna L. Schuurman, EdD, FT, Chief Executive Officer, The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families
  • Carol Wogrin, PsyD, RN, Independent Consultant

Program Outline (DRAFT)

I. Adolescence: The Developmental Context
A. Defining Adolescences
B. Developmental Issues – The Three I's of Adolescence

II. Adolescent Encounters with Death
A. Life-Threatening Illness
B. Traumatic Loss
C. The Adolescent Experience of Loss

III. Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss
A. Helping Families Help Adolescents
B. The Role of Schools
C. Counseling Grieving Adolescents

IV. Conclusion: Supporting Staff Working with Adolescents

Target Audience

The program is primarily for professionals already working in the field, but is practical for all levels of education – entry level, intermediate or advanced. The information provided by the expert panel will be useful to clergy, counselors, nurses, nursing home administrators, social workers, case managers, psychologists, physicians, funeral directors, marriage and family therapists, caregivers, and those working with death, dying, grief or bereavement.

National Alliance for Grieving Children

One Size Does Not Fit All: Utilizing Assessments to Tailor Services to the Individualized Needs of Grieving Children and Families
February 19, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. Eastern | 12:00 p.m. Pacific (1.5 hours)
Presented by Dr. Brook Griese and Dr. Micki Burns
For more information and to register, click HERE

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