Archive for August, 2009

Grief expert to address loss

Douglas C. Smith, a nationally-recognized expert on grief and loss, will be the featured speaker at Northfield Hospice’s bereavement informational meeting Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. John’s Church, 500 Third St. West, Northfield.

An author, trainer and consultant, Smith has worked in hospitals, hospices and social service agencies and draws on his own experience to help others understand grief and loss from a holistic perspective. He is the author of “The Tao of Dying;” “Caregiving: Hospice-Proven Techniques For Healing Body And Soul;” “Being A Wounded Healer;” and “The Complete Book Of Counseling The Dying And The Grieving.”

His talk — “Different Styles of Grieving; Different Ways of Healing” — is designed for those who have experienced a significant loss or anyone who is interested in learning more about grief and healing. Helping professionals are encouraged to attend. Continuing education credits will be available.

Smith’s presentation will serve as a prelude to an optional six-week bereavement support group offered by Northfield Hospice. The group, facilitated by Amanda Pettis, MSW, a hospice social worker, will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the hospital’s Meeting Room A and then will meet every Wednesday through October 28.

There is no fee for Smith’s presentation. Northfield Hospice is sponsoring his appearance with support from Northfield Grief Support Coalition.

For more information or to register continuing education credits, call Nancy Moe at 507-646-1035 or e-mail to: moen@northfieldhospital.org.

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