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Agnesian HealthCare, Marian University to present ‘Mourning Has Broken’
April 10, 2013

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 4, and experience a special and touching day of learning, sharing and healing.

Open to anyone who has been touched by grief in any way, “Mourning Has Broken…a Day of Grief Education” is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Marian University Stayer Center, 45 S. National Avenue, Fond du Lac (corner of 2nd Street and National Avenue).

“Individuals will participate in a four-part workshop appropriate for both the bereaved and for those who help them,” says Sister Joyann Repp, RN, Agnesian HealthCare Hospice Hope bereavement coordinator. “This workshop will explore understanding sudden, violent and unexpected death. Also discussed will be types of death and relationships to the deceased intertwine with the grief process; the uniqueness of grief and grieving as individuals and in relationships; finding hope, meaning and connection to the journey; and a question and answer opportunity.”

Janet S. McCord, PhD, FT, director of Grief and Bereavement Studies at Marian University, will give the welcome. The featured speaker for the day is Douglas C. Smith, MDiv, MA, MS. Smith has presented at workshops in all 50 states and all provinces in Canada. Smith has written several books on counseling for loss, including Caregiving: Hospice-Proven Techniques for Healing Body and Soul, Spiritual Growth and Healing, Being a Wounded Healer, and The Tao of Grieving.

Although trained academically to address loss, Smith finds he has learned more about loss from his personal experiences - having lost a brother and two daughters to death and having been a long-time patient in a mental hospital.

Smith’s informative presentation will be divided into a morning and afternoon session. The morning portion will focus on how individuals all grieve and heal differently. Practical tools for the emotionally-centered, the cognitively-centered, the action-centered and the socially-centered will be emphasized.

The afternoon session will examine how individuals can explore and enhance their spiritual selves in the midst of loss, once again, emphasizing practical tools that can be used by people of diverse personalities, beliefs and values. Besides emphasizing the practical, Smith will share many personal stories about his own grieving and healing process, as well as stories of the grieving and healing of some of his clients.

“We encourage individuals – family, caregivers, friends – to attend this special program on grief and healing,” says Repp. “It is a perfect opportunity to share with a friend or loved one no matter where they are in the grieving process.”

“Mourning Has Broken” is sponsored by Agnesian HealthCare Hospice Hope and Parish Nurses, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation and the Edwin S. Shneidman Program in Thanatology, a collaborative initiative of Agnesian HealthCare, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation and Marian University.

Preregistration is required for “Mourning Has Broken” by calling Agnesian HealthCare Journeys: a health resource center at (920) 926-4960. The cost for the program, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch, is $20 per person, or $35 for two family members.        

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