Our Mission is to support parents on their life-long journey of grief after the death of their child.
SEMINAR FOR BEREAVED PARENTS — APRIL 8, 2017
A seminar for parents who have lost a child of any age will be held at Central United Methodist Church , 2535 W New Hope Road in Rogers on April 8, 2017, from 8:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. We welcome parents, grandparents, and other concerned adults who are grieving the loss of a child, no matter what age and no matter how long ago the loss occurred.
Other small group sessions will include:
Share Your Story — We all have a story to tell. For those of us who are Parents Left Behind, our story is about our beloved child: who that child was, how much that child was loved and treasured and how that child was lost. This session will give you a chance to share your story and to hear the stories of others. Our hope is that there will be healing in the telling and the hearing.you
Grieving Couples — Jonathan will use his book Grieve Like A Man to guide couples through the messy, hard path of grief. Grieve like a Man offers men a practical guide to navigating the path of grief in a culture where men are taught to be tough. Jonathan also provides insight for wives, mothers, sisters, and friends into how men grieve differently than women and how they can come alongside the men in their lives who are hurting from a loss.
Infant and Fetal loss — This session will provide insight to families and friends who have experienced the unique loss of a baby. She’ll discuss why this loss is different from those later in life and explain some of the struggles that parents encounter by well-meaning friends and family members. She’ll also encourage those attending to give space for parents to grieve as openly or privately as they prefer.
The Grieving Christian — The Christian faith offers grieving parents comfort and hope. This session will seek to help you access the strength that faith can afford.
Navigating Grief/Self Help tools — For many grief is an uncharted territory. This session will attempt to provide some tools to help bereaved parents find their way
Suicide — All bereaved parents suffer from guilt, anger and the questions of what might have been done to prevent the tragedy, but perhaps none so much as the parents of suicide victims. This session will attempt to deal with some of these special challenges.
Parenting Grieving Children — Grieving parents who also have surviving children face a special challenge. They must help their children to grieve even while trying to survive their own grief. This session will address some of these challenges and opportunities.
For more information or to register go to: www.parentsleftbehindar.com.
The seminar is offered at no charge. Registration is from 8–8:30 AM and the first session will open with a welcome from Susan Averitt MD, a local pediatrician and bereaved mother. Participants will have the opportunity to attend two of seven interactive breakout sessions addressing the needs of bereaved parents. Each session will be directed by a specialist in counseling and/or bereavement.