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In Arkansas, we have Good Mourning Grief Support Groups, Alliance for Grief and Loss brown-bag education, and two events related to suicide prevention and survivor support. Nationally, there are excellent educational webinars and resources from the Association of Death Education and Counseling, the Hospice Foundation of America, and the National Alliance for Grieving Children.

Arkansas Programs

Alliance for Grief and Loss




August 27

Bereaved Parents as Educators

Greg Adams

September 24

Breast Cancer Caregivers

Panel discussion

October 29

Suicide Survivors

Panel discussion

November 26

Partnering with Aging Parents

Priscilla Pittman

All meetings are brown-bag lunch meetings in the East Campus Building at Arkansas Children's Hospital, 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. 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 p.m., and all groups begin Tuesday, September 25, at 6:00 p.m. For an application or more information, go to or call 501-364-7000.

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: 11/3/2012 @ 10:00 a.m.

Ends: 11:30 a.m.

Check-in Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Registration Cutoff: 11/2/2012 1:00 p.m.

Donation Cutoff: 1/1/2013 12:00 a.m.

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 31st 2012.

National Survivors of Suicide Day Teleconference

The Center for Good Mourning will be the central Arkansas host site for the 14th annual National Survivors of Suicide Day Teleconference:

Saturday, November 17
11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
East Campus Building at Arkansas Children's Hospital
Lunch provided
RSVPs appreciated but not required-call 501-364-7000

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is sponsor of this event and locally the teleconference is sponsored by the Central Arkansas Survivors of Suicide Support Group, the Dr. Robert E. Elliot Foundation of Searcy, and the Center for Good Mourning. The teleconference will offer emotional support and information to both survivors and those giving help and support to survivors. The broadcast will feature a panel of experienced survivors and mental health professionals and certificates of attendance will be provided for those who attend.

If you are outside Arkansas, go to to find the nearest teleconference to you or to get information about viewing the teleconference via webcast or DVD.

National Education Opportunities

Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) Webinars

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

Reaching Through Sorrow to Legacy
Thomas Attig, PhD, CT
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Father's Tears
Elizabeth Davies, RN PhD, CT, FAAN
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Noon - 1:30 p.m. CST

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.

Hospice Foundation of America

Artificial Nutrition and Hydration at the End of Life

(available beginning October 3, 2012) Note: PalCare and Clinical Ethics at Arkansas Children's Hospital will be offering this program at Arkansas Children's Hospital in the fall of 2012-date and time to be set.

Program Information:

Artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) can be a contentious issue in hospice, palliative care, and long-term care. This medical treatment has been identified as one of the most common ethical dilemmas to arise in end-of-life care. After all, food and water are basic human needs that symbolize caring and nurturing. The possibility of withholding food and water seems cruel to families and may appear to hasten death. Not only families, but also clinical staff and volunteers, may have ethical concerns over not providing ANH to patients approaching the end of life.

This educational program explores medical, legal, ethical issues, and communication barriers that surround ANH. It will emphasize the need for end-of-life provider organizations to have clear and transparent policies on ANH and to offer training to staff and education for families to minimize family misunderstanding and discord as well as moral distress and anguish of staff.

Registration Options/Fees

  • DVD Registration: $200.00
  • Multiple (only up to 5) Sites + 40 CEs: $650.00
  • Networking Package: $895.00
  • CE Packages: 10 CEs - $190, 25 CEs - $425, 50 CEs - $800, 100 CEs - $1,500

Method of Presentation:

HFA's Fall 2012 New Perspectives program will be available via DVD only. This will allow sites the flexibility to show the program on a day/time that is convenient to them.


Artificial Nutrition and Hydration at the End of Life will run approximately 2 hours in length, with an optional break about half-way through the program. The DVD will be available beginning October 3, 2012.

Two (2) hours of CE credits are available to professionals; until April 3, 2013.

Register | Register via mail/fax

National Alliance for Grieving Children Griefinars

Five Keys to Ethical Leadership
September 27, 2012 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST/11:00 a.m. to noon PST
Presented by: Andy McNiel, MA LPC

Responding to Suicide in the School Setting
October 25, 2012 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST/11:00 a.m. to noon PST
Presented by: Donna Schuurman , EdD, FT

Children of the Fallen: Our Youngest Heroes
November 13, 2012 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST/11:00 a.m. to noon PST

Presented by: Heather Campagna, CT

Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice in a Community-Based Family Bereavement Center
December 5, 2012 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST/11:00 a.m. to noon PST
Presented by: Brook Griese, PhD, and Ali Giusto, BA

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