December 12, 2019

Bereavement Conference 2020

Registration now Open!

Online registration now closed. Walk in registrations will be accepted.

Keynote Panel Discussion

Sr. Ave Clark, OP, M.A., M.S., M.P.S. (Moderator).

Dr. Christopher Hayes, Ph.D. Psychology; Former Director of Center for Pre-Retirement and Aging – Catholic University; Professor of Gerontology – Long Island University; Founder – National Center for Women and Retirement Research; Lazarus Program – St. Rosalie, Hampton Bays.

Margaret Peterson, RN, M.S. Mental Health counselor specializing in bereavement and loss. Diocesan Bereavement instructor. Bereavement Support Group Facilitator for 30 years.

Dr. Luciano Sabatini, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Bereavement Coordinator – St. Bernard, Levittown; Adjunct Professor – Hofstra University; Published Author.

Dr. Patricia Woods, Ph.D. from Columbia University, Teacher’s College, MS in Education from Columbia University, Teacher’s College, MS Marriage/Family Counseling and BA from Queens College.

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m. 
Registration
Morning Coffee

9:00 a.m. 
Welcome—Introduction
Opening Prayer

9:30 a.m.
Keynote Panel Discussion

10:30 a.m.
School of Missionary Disciples Presentation

10:45 a.m.
Workshop I

12:00 p.m.
Lunch

1:15 p.m. 
Workshop II

2:30 p.m.
Closing Prayer

Workshops

Please make one choice from those offered at Workshop I (10:45 a.m.)
and one choice from those offered at Workshop II (1:15 p.m.)

You will be placed in each session on a first-come-first- served basis. Please see descriptions below.

Suggested audience abbreviations: P = Professionals, VF = Volunteer Facilitators, B = Bereaved

Workshop I
10:45 a.m.

1. Blessed Are You – Healing in times of Grief and Loss

Chris Catalano, B.A. Catholic Theology, M.A., Music Composition. Composer of sacred music, music teacher of over 20 years, and adjunct professor at Hofstra University.
Served in various musical ways in bereavement ministry as well as Music Director in parishes for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Everyone has been touched by the pain of death and loss. Whether it was through cancer, an accident, old age, or some other circumstance, all of us have experienced the sting of grief. Please join singer, songwriter, and composer Chris Catalano for a special session of prayer, reflection, and original music. Any in grief, will benefit from this music and these spiritual reflections. Especially helpful for those with more recent losses and those who’ve lost loved ones through illness.

Suggested Audience: B

 

2. The “Compassion” of Tears 

Sister Ave Clark, O.P., M.A, M.S., M.P.S. is an Amityville
Dominican Sister, Certified Pastoral Counselor, and Coordinator of Heart to Heart Ministry. Sister brings to her presentations a heart of mercy, love and compassion.

Bereavement is a time of engaging your grief, loss, changes and transitions. One needs to embrace the tears in this journey with gentle compassion. Tears are blessings are disguised. They remind us of love, memories and teach us to discover new life and to treasure the gift of daily Alleluias.

Suggested Audience: P, VF, B

 

3. “Lord, if you had been here…” Finding Faith in Times of Tragic Loss 

Deacon James R. DiGiovanna, in his 25 years as a Deacon, he has officiated many wake/committal services dealing with all types of tragic loss, including: child, spouse (old and young), accident victims, drug overdose, and suicide. He shares his experiences in hopes to help others facing similar circumstances.

In our times of loss we, like Martha, often question Jesus as to why our loved one died. Suggestions will be given that have proven to be effective for the speaker on how to acknowledge the grief in such a way that the healing process may begin.

Suggested Audience: VF, B

 

4. Explaining What’s Needed to Run a Group for Loss

Kathryn Monaco Douglas, Trained facilitator for 14 years and grief coach for the largest group on Long Island for young widows and widowers.

This workshop will help facilitators or someone thinking about becoming a facilitator for a bereavement support group. As a grief coach and trained facilitator for 14 years, we will discuss what I did, how to keep it going, and what guidelines to use.

Suggested Audience: VF

 

5. The Catholic Perspective on Cremation

Christopher Ferraro, M.A., Theology, M.A., Pastoral Studies, Certification as Director or Worship through USCCB Lay Ecclesial Ministry Program.

An overview of the Catholic teaching on cremation and how the Church’s Funeral Rites are adapted when cremated remains are present at the funeral.

Suggested Audience: P, VF

 

6. Bereavement: The Quest for Meaning in the Grief Journey  

Christopher L. Hayes, Ph.D., Psychology; Former Director of Center for Pre-Retirement and Aging (Catholic University), Professor of Gerontology at Long Island University; Founder of the National Center for Women and Retirement Research; Lazarus Program at St. Rosalie’s Church, Hampton Bays.

This workshop will highlight how the pain in loss can be a transformative experience within a bereavement group and the tasks to be accomplished.

Suggested Audience: VF, B

 

7. Finding the Light in the Dark Night of the Soul

Dr. Jane Malone, Ph.D., has 30 years of experience working with end of life issues with adults and children. She has facilitated bereavement groups and training for physicians, clinicians, and volunteers.
We are always in the state of grace even when we are going through the dark night of the soul.

This workshop will be specifically aimed at the volunteers working with the bereaved, giving you a unique look at how your journey has led you to this work. We will explore new concepts that will bring your work to a higher level.

Suggested Audience: P, VF, B

 

8. A Child’s Journey of Grief

Maribeth McKeever, LCSW-R, ACHP-SW; NYS Licensed Social Worker and Board Certified Diplomat. Currently holds the position as Director of Bereavement Services for Good Shepherd Hospice as well as Coordinator of Gabriel’s Courage Perinatal Support Program.

Gain a greater understanding of child grief based on developmental stage, develop an understanding of characteristics of child grief and how it manifests, and learn strategies that can help support a grieving child.

Suggested Audience: P, VF, B

 

9. Techniques to Enhance your Bereavement Support Group

Margaret Peterson, RN, M.A. Mental health counselor specializing in bereavement and loss. Diocesan Bereavement instructor. Bereavement Support Group Facilitator for 30 years. PSM developer- Catholic Charities, Rainbows coordinator, grant writer.

Learn how to use the arts and other unusual techniques to counteract the challenges that some members bring to a group.

Suggested Audience: P, VF

 

10. Lean on Me – Creating Your Support Team

Suzanne Richards, M.A. , Religious Education, DRVC Certified Catechetical Leader, School of Missionary Disciples Instructor, Molloy College Adjunct Instructor, Associate Member of the Sisters of St. Dominic, Amityville.

Who are the people you need to assist you through your time of loss? Who will be the person(s) you lean on?

Suggested Audience: VF, B

 

11. Lessons Learned on Grief for the Newly Bereaved

Dr. Luciano Sabatini, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, over 30 years of experience in bereavement counseling, Bereavement Coordinator at St. Bernard in Levittown, Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University, and published author.

This workshop is based on the presenters’ personal and professional experiences in dealing with grief. He will present the ten most important lessons he learned and how they have helped him and his clients heal from devastating losses. By sharing his many stories, the participants will gain insight on how they can help themselves through grief.

Suggested Audience: P, VF, B

 

12. Children and Grief: A Journey of Healing 

Susan Thomas, LCSW-R, ACSW, FT. Program Director for Center of H.O.P.E. (Healing, Opportunity, Perseverance, and Enlightenment) at The Steven and Alexandra Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center. Has worked in the field of grief, loss and trauma for over thirty years. Ms. Thomas has also presented at many national conferences and seminars, and maintains a private practice in New Hyde Park, NY.

This workshop will explore the unique ways in which children grieve, focusing on the tasks of grief, developmental factors, and strategies for coping. In
addition, specific interventions to promote healing will be discussed.

Suggested Audience: P, VF, B

 

13. Compassionate Care Matters

Dr. Patricia Woods, LMH, LMFT (Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, PCC, CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor), Reiki Practitioner. Compassionate care is as vital to life as the air we breathe.

This workshop will show why compassion is important, the value and power of compassion and the proven benefits of compassion.

Suggested Audience: P, VF, B

Workshop II
1:15 p.m.

14. Blessed Are You – Healing in times of Grief and Loss

Chris Catalano, B.A. Catholic Theology, M.A., Music Composition. Composer of sacred music, music teacher of over 20 years, and adjunct professor at Hofstra University. Served in various musical ways in bereavement ministry as well as Music Director in parishes for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Everyone has been touched by the pain of death and loss. Whether it was through cancer, an accident, old age, or some other circumstance, all of us have experienced the sting of grief. Please join singer, songwriter, and composer Chris Catalano for a special session of prayer, reflection, and original music. Any in grief will benefit from this music and these spiritual reflections. Especially helpful for those with more recent losses and those who’ve lost loved ones through illness.

Suggested Audience: B

 

15. “Lord, if you had been here…” Finding Faith in Times of Tragic Loss

Deacon James R. DiGiovanna, In his 25 years as a Deacon, he has officiated many wake/committal services dealing with all types of tragic loss, including: child, spouse (old and young), accident victims, drug overdose, and suicide. He shares his experiences in hopes to help others facing similar circumstances.

In our times of loss we, like Martha, often question Jesus as to why our loved one died. Suggestions will be given that have proven to be effective for the speaker on how to acknowledge the grief in such a way that the healing process may begin.

Suggested Audience: VF, B

 

16. Loss – What Helps after Losing a Spouse or Child

Kathryn Monaco Douglas, Grief coach and trained facilitator for 14 years.

How to survive the loss of a spouse or child, and what we need to heal.

Suggested Audience: B

 

17. Dying and Rising in Christ

Christopher Ferraro M.A., Theology, M.A., Pastoral Studies, Certification as Director or Worship through USCCB Lay Ecclesial Ministry Program.

This workshop will explore how we celebrate Christ’s Paschal Mystery at Mass and in our everyday living and how we can connect his dying and rising with our own.

Suggested Audience: P, VF, B

 

18. A Case for Adolescent Suicide Survivor Support Groups

Kathy Lee, LMSW, Certified Trauma Specialist
and Lisa Buttacavoli, B.S., Psychology, Co-facilitator at St. Bernard’s SOS group

Statistics have shown that 85% of the U.S. population knows someone who has completed suicide. Of those, at least 6 are directly impacted, including adolescents. Survivors often face complicated grief, yet there appears to be a lack of support groups for them. This workshop explores the dynamics of suicide loss, why adolescents are vulnerable to complicated grief, and how SOS groups can help teens in adjusting to loss.

Suggested Audience: P, B, VF

 

19. Death of an Adult Child – Healing a Broken Heart

Margaret Peterson, RN, M.A. Mental health counselor specializing in bereavement and loss. Diocesan Bereavement instructor. Bereavement Support Group Facilitator for 30 years. PSM developer- Catholic Charities, Rainbows coordinator, grant writer.

Techniques to help parents as they journey towards reconciliation for the death of their child.

Suggested Audience: P, VF, B

 

20. Lean on Me – Creating Your Support Team

Suzanne Richards, M.A., Religious Education, DRVC Certified Catechetical Leader, School of Missionary Disciples Instructor, Molloy College Adjunct Instructor, Associate Member of the Sisters of St. Dominic, Amityville.

Who are the people you need to assist you through your time of loss? Who will be the person(s) you lean on?

Suggested Audience: VF, B

 

21. Lessons Learned on Grief for Caregivers

Luciano Sabatini, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, over 30 years of experience in bereavement counseling, Bereavement Coordinator at St. Bernard in Levittown, Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University, and published author.

This workshop is designed for support group facilitators and others who work with the newly bereaved. It explores the most important lessons the presenter has learned from personal and professional experiences. He has developed an easy to use resource book that contains activities and prayers/poems that can be used in facilitating support groups.

Suggested Audience: P, VF, B

 

22. Compassionate Care Matters

Dr. Patricia Woods, LMH, LMFT (Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, PCC, CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor), Reiki Practitioner.

Compassionate care is as vital to life as the air we breathe. This workshop will show why compassion is important, the value and power of compassion and the proven benefits of compassion.

Suggested Audience: P, VF, B

All faiths are welcome!

For more information call 516-678-5800 ext. 236

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

Online registration now closed.
Walk in registrations will be accepted.