February 14, 2017

Bereavement Conference 2017

Journeying Together In Times Of Pain And Loss

Saturday, March 25, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
St. Joseph’s Parish
39 N.Carll Ave., Babylon, NY 11702

Conference Schedule

8:30  Registration
Coffee and Continental Breakfast

9:00  Welcome – Introductions
Opening Prayer

9:30  Keynote Presentation

Dr. Kerrianne Page
Chief Medical Officer Hospice, Palliative Care & Home Care Services Catholic Health Services of Long Island

11:00 Workshop I (choose one workshop)

12:15  Lunch

1:15  Workshop II (choose one workshop)

Workshops will include topics on:

Finding Forgiveness in Time of Grief | Grief as a Family | Grieving Teenagers | Management of Perinatal Loss | Men and Grief | Bereavement Group Facilitation | Dealing with Loss Due to Suicide | and more

Keynote Address: The Health Effects of Bereavement

Dr. Kerrianne Page Chief Medical Officer Hospice, Palliative Care & Home Care Services Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Dr. Page has 20 years of experience as a medical director and clinician with expertise in enhancing the care of people dealing with a serious and life-limiting illness.

She joined Catholic Health Services in 2012, and is responsible for the medical component of Good Shepherd Hospice’s patient care program, Palliative Care Consultation Services in several CHS hospitals, and serves as the Medical Director for Catholic Home Care, the health system’s certified home health agency.

Workshops

Please choose one workshop from those offered at Session I and choose one workshop from those offered at Session II

1. How Can I Help You to Say Goodbye? (Sessions I & II)

Suzanne Richards, M.A. , Religious Education, Dominican Associate, Adjunct Instructor, Molloy College, Certified Catechetical Leader – DRVC, Former Corporate Trainer, Pastoral Associate at Christ the King Parish in Commack, NY

A look at various ways (prayer, song, scripture, support groups, counseling) that assist an individual to say “goodbye” to his or her loved one. This workshop will be helpful to the bereaved and to those who minster to them.

2. Finding God in Times of Grief (Sessions I & II)

Rev. Anthony Stanganelli, M.Div., STL, Dogmatic Theology. Father Tony has been a Roman Catholic Priest for thirty-eight years for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He is currently the Pastor of St. Brigid’s Parish in Westbury, NY

Disappointment and discouragement so affect our faith relationship in moments of loss. Father will explore ways of praying through such loss. While this can be particularly helpful to the newly bereaved, it is really for anyone who has suffered a loss.

3. Helping Grieving Teenagers (Session I)

Luciano Sabatini, Ph.D.,Counseling, Psychology. Over thirty years of experience in counseling the bereaved. Bereavement Coordinator at St. Brigid’s Parish in Westbury, NY and St. Bernard’s Parish in Levittown, NY, Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University, Author of Bereavement Counseling in the School Setting

Teenagers often grieve differently, creating confusion and misunderstanding among the adults in their lives. This workshop will focus on effective child-centered strategies for helping grieving teenagers. This workshop is helpful for all who live or work with teenagers.

4. Men and Grief (for men only) (Session II)

Luciano Sabatini, Ph.D.,Counseling, Psychology. Over thirty years of experience in counseling the bereaved. Bereavement Coordinator at St. Brigid’s Parish in Westbury, NY and St. Bernard’s Parish in Levittown, NY, Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University, Author of Bereavement Counseling in the School Setting

This workshop, exclusively for men, seeks to examine the unique challenges grieving men face in our society and discuss strategies to effectively deal with grief, as well as opportunities to help. This workshop is for men only.

5. The Journey of a Heart of Love (Session I)

Sr. Ave Clark, O.P., M.S., M.A., M.P.S., Certified Professional Counselor/Spiritual Director, Retreat Presenter, Coordinator of Heart to Heart Ministry.

Love encourages us to risk life again, to touch, feel, hope and find the amazing path of mercy and deep compassion. This workshop is for all.

6. Child Grief: Grieving in the Context of Child Development and the Facilitation of Healthy Coping (Session I)

Maribeth McKeever, LCSW-R, BCD, New York State Licensed Social Worker, Board Certified Diplomat, currently the Director of Bereavement at Good Shepherd Hospice and Coordinator of Gabriel’s Courage Perinatal Support Program.

Michelle Graff, LCSW, NYS Licensed Social Worker and Bereavement Specialist for Good Shepherd Hospice. Also works as a palliative care social worker for Catholic Health Services Outpatient Palliative Care Program.

This workshop is designed with practical information about age-appropriate grief reactions. It will discuss how to prepare children for the death of a loved one, grief in developmental stages, grief within the context of the family as well as therapeutic activities that can address a variety of grief reactions. Workshop is for all professionals and non-professionals who interact with children.

7. Perinatal Loss: Emily’s Gift and Gabriel’s Courage (Session I & II)

Janet Stevens, MSN, BSN, RNC-OB, CNL, CNE, CCRN, CPLC, CBC, C-EFM, CCRN, Thirty-four years in nursing, which includes, clinical, leadership and educational roles. RTS (Resolve through Sharing) Perinatal Coordinator for CHSLI. National certification in perinatal loss care. Assistant Professor, Suffolk County Community College.

A look at “Bridge to Hope” program available exclusively in our Catholic hospitals for dignified fetal disposition. Review of the Resolve through Sharing nursing model for dealing with families experiencing any pregnancy loss at any gestational age. In addition, a look at our program for utero hospice will be introduced. It is accessible for any patient in any hospital in Nassau or Suffolk Counties. Workshop is for all, including physicians, social workers, chaplains, child life specialists, bereavement counselors and clergy.

8. Steps in Growing Groups (Session I)

Kathryn Monaco-Douglas and Arlene Ricca have been facilitating bereavement groups for 12 years for young widows and widowers.

This class is designed to help facilitators or someone thinking about becoming a facilitator. Steps in growing groups- what is really needed. Come join us to learn different methods in achieving this.

9. Why Go to Bereavement Group? (Session II)

Kathryn Monaco-Douglas and Arlene Ricca have been facilitating bereavement groups for 12 years for young widows and widowers.

What would happen there?

Can anyone help with this pain?

Join us to help you see if this could be for you?

This workshop is for those grieving who want information on the Bereavement Group.

10. Blessed Are You- Healing in Times of Grief (Session I & II)

Chris Catalano B.A., Catholic Theology, M.A., Music Composition

Everyone has been touched by the pain of death and loss. This workshop will be a special session of prayer, reflection, and original music. All in grief will benefit from these reflections. This will be especially helpful for those with more recent losses, those who lost loved ones through illness, and those who lost younger spouses.

11. Dealing with the Strong Emotions that Arise in Grief (Session I)

Margie Demshock, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Spiritual Director in Private Practice in Hauppauge, NY.

This workshop will explore some of the most common feelings/emotions that arise in grief including: Shock, numbness, denial, sadness, loneliness, longing, anger anxiety and guilt. Attention will be given to a variety of practices that help people who are grieving to process and work through these feelings in effective ways. A packet of resources will be provided.

12. Grief as a Family Affair (Session II)

Margie Demshock, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Spiritual Director in Private Practice in Hauppauge, NY.

This workshop will explore the impact the death of a loved one has on each member of the deceased’s family as individuals and the family as a whole. Attention will be given to meeting the varying needs of children/ teens, siblings, parents, sons/daughters, grandparents and friends. A packet of resources will be provided.

13. Helping Parents to Cope with the Loss of an Adult Child (Session I)

Margaret Peterson, RN (BSN), MS, Oncology, Mental Health Counselor, Specializing in Bereavement and Loss. Worked in parish social ministry at Catholic Charities and as a Diocesan instructor in bereavement.

The workshop will offer insight and training into the unique aspects of the death of an adult child and how you can assist the parents in their grief journey. This workshop is for bereavement facilitators, clergy, and all those in bereavement ministry.

14. Coping with the Loss of an Adult Child to Suicide or Overdose (Session II)

Margaret Peterson, RN, (BSN), MS, Oncology, Mental Health Counselor, Specializing in Bereavement and Loss. Worked in parish social ministry at Catholic Charities and as a Diocesan instructor in bereavement.

The workshop will assist grieving parents and grandparents as they struggle to find ways to help themselves as they journey through this specialized grief. This workshop is for parents and grandparents suffering the loss of an adult child.

15. Out of Grieving, Grace (Session II)

Kathleen Maurer-Smith, Ph.D., Dean, Division of Social Sciences, Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs, Co-Director, Community Research Institute, Co-Chair, Molloy College Institutional Review Board, Professor of Sociology, Molloy College.

The workshop will focus on coping with loss and will include the seven stages of grief and the four tasks of mourning. Out of the grief process can come acts of love to help to move forward.

16.Grieving When a Couple Has a Child With Special Needs (Session I)

Kathy Russell-Sica, M.S. Ed. – Special Education – Early Child, Teacher at Association for Children With Down Syndrome, DRE, Coordinator of Office of Special Needs to DRVC, Ongoing Study of M..S. in Theology.

This workshop will address the grief parents experience when having a child who has special needs. How to handle this natural response. This workshop is for parents, caregivers, grandparents who have a child who has special needs.

All faiths are welcome!

For more information call 516-678-5800 ext. 506

Sponsored by the Diocese of Rockville Centre Office of Faith Formation and Catholic Cemeteries

Registration is currently closed, If you wish to attend Walk-in’s will be accepted.