I am a grief counselor, hospice administrator, writer, consultant, teacher and public speaker (also a closet actor and musician!), and have been specializing in the area of grief and loss for over twenty-five years. Although there is certainly no denying that this is a sad and serious topic, I approach it with enthusiasm and humor, and consider my work to be life affirming. Last year St. Martin’s Press published my new book, The Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Yourself and Your Child When Grief is Shared. My other publications include eleven Care Notes for Abbey Press that deal with a variety of issues faced by those who grieve. I was also the editor and chief writer for the Grief and Healing Newsletter for several years and wrote a chapter dealing with grief in the workplace in Ken Doka’s book, Living With Grief: At Work, At School, At Worship. You can check out my bibliography for a complete listing of my publications. Over the years I have run various grief support groups for young and old, including specialized groups for young widows and widowers, bereaved parents and grandparents, child homicide survivors, bereaved siblings and therapeutic writing workshops for the bereaved of all ages. My writing method was documented in the video: From the Heart: Writing and the Bereaved Parent, and I am proud to have received two Blue Ribbons from the New England Healthcare Assembly and two Testimonials of Appreciation from the American Hospital Association. I am currently the Coordinator of the Bereavement Program at Mary Washington Hospice, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and also maintain a home in Northampton, MA. As a faculty member for the American Academy of Bereavement (aka CMI) for nearly fifteen years, I frequently travel throughout the United States leading bereavement seminars for social workers, psychologists, nurses, teachers and clergy. Currently I teach a daylong course for CMI, The Journey From Loss to Renewal, and two multiday programs with my colleague, Jack Jordan, Foundations of Bereavement Counseling, and Advanced Bereavement Counseling. In addition to my work with The American Academy of Bereavement, my other faculty positions have included Harvard University Medical School Continuing Education, Smith College School of Social Work Continuing Education, Antioch University New England Graduate School, and Dalhousie University School of Social Work in Halifax, Canada. You can click here to read some testimonials from folks who have attended my seminars and classes. I love teaching and I’m frequently invited to lead workshops and retreats for hospitals, hospices and grief support centers across the U.S. and Canada. I’d like very much to hear from you if you’re thinking of having me design a retreat for your organization or give a talk for your staff or for your community. You can click here to find out more about my workshops. Listen to Robert on Open to Hope Radio
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