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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 2011, the Parent Orientation will be Tuesday, September 27, at 6:00 pm, and all groups begin Tuesday, October 4, at 6:00 pm. For an application or more information, go to or call 501-364-7000.

Alliance for Grief and Loss (in central Arkansas)

Date Topic Leader/Speaker
September 30 Supporting Children and Teens
Affected by a Suicide Death
ACH, Chairman's Hall
Pamela Gabbay
October 28 Loss and Coping with Breast Cancer To be named
November 28 Beyond Kubler-Ross:
New Perspectives on Death,
Dying and Grief -- Part 1
HFA video & discussion
January 30 Beyong Kubler-Ross:
New Perspectives on Death,
Dying and Grief -- Part 2
HFA video & discussion

All meetings are brown-bag lunch meetings in Room 49 in the East Campus Building at Arkansas Children's Hospital from 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.

Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention

The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are 1-5 mile walks taking place in over 250 communities across the country this year, with the proceeds benefitting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). By walking in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you will be walking with thousands of other walkers nationwide to raise money for AFSP's vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide, and provide support for survivors of suicide loss. In deciding to walk, you are taking us a step closer to making suicide prevention a national priority.

Where: Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock
Starts: 11/05/2011 @ 10:00 am
Ends: 11:30 am
Check-in Time: 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Registration Cutoff: 11/04/2011 12:00 pm
Donation Cutoff: 12/31/2011 12:00 am
Contact: Wendy Thompson Phone: 501-247-8674
E-mail Address:

Registration will be held at the Clinton Presidential Center starting at 9:00 a.m. and the walk will be along Riverfront Park.

*Online registration at closes at noon the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk! Please know that walk donations are accepted until December 31, 2011.

National Education Opportunities

2nd Annual National Bereavement Camp Conference, October 6 to 7, 2011 at the Bell Conference Center in Seattle, WA. Sponsored by the Moyer Foundation/Camp Erin, Over 150 industry professionals including hospice and hospital administrators, bereavement experts, camp professionals, and development experts.

International Fall Training Institute, October 15 to 21, 2011, sponsored by the Center for Grieving Children, Portland, ME, Learn the skills and strategies you need to conduct effective bereavement peer support groups or start your own program. Understand the philosophy and structure necessary for running a successful volunteer training program and cultivating your volunteers. Take your groups to the next level with the creative and purposeful use of activities as a tool to explore group dynamics and themes of change and loss.

Facilitating Suicide Bereavement Support Groups for Children and Teens, November 11-12, 2011 (Syracuse, NY) or December 2-3, 2011 (Boston, MA), presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in partnership with The Dougy Center,

Supporting Children and Teens Affected by a Suicide Death
Sponsored by the National Alliance for Grieving Children
Presented by Pamela Gabbay, M.A., F.T.
Friday, September 30, 2011 at 1 pm Eastern, 10 am Pacific.

Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Grief DVD (available beginning November 10, 2011) from the Hospice Foundation of America,

Available only on DVD, this program explores the most current theoretical perspectives on death, dying, and grief, emphasizing areas where understandings of dying, death, and grief have been challenged and developed since the 1969 publication of Kübler-Ross' epochal work, On Death and Dying. The presentation emphasizes the practice implications of these new perspectives and would be useful to a range of professionals who counsel persons who are dying or bereaved, including psychologists, counselors, clergy, social workers, nurses, physicians and other health care workers, as well as educators, teachers and school-based personnel. In addition, it would benefit individuals who offer education on loss, grief, dying or death.

Special note: One of the panelists for this program will be Steven L. Thomason, MD, MDiv, Chief Medical Officer at Circle of Life Hospice of Northwest Arkansas.

Early Registration ($135) is available until September 14, 2011!

Registration includes:

  • one full-length DVD (2 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

Order the 'Combination Package' and save ! Available only until September 14, 2011, you can receive access to two programs for only $250. HFA's 2011 Combination Package includes:

  • HFA's New Perspectives program, "Beyond Kübler-Ross: New Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Grief"
  • HFA's Spring Living With Grief ® program, "End-of-Life Ethics," a 2.5 hour DVD.

Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) Webinars,

Walking With Them: Spiritual Care at End of Life with Pediatric Patients and Their Families
Beverly Isley-Landreth, MDiv, ThM, CHTP
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT

The Challenge of Caring: On Compassion Fatigue, Resilience and Healing
Dale G. Larson, PhD
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Essential Considerations for Intervention After Sudden, Traumatic Death
Therese A. Rando, PhD, BCETS, BCBT
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CST

Understanding the Ways Men and Women Grieve
Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, FT
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CST

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