Pamela Gabbay

Pamela Gabbay, M.A., FT, was awarded the Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and is a Certified Bereavement Counselor. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino and her M.A. in Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. Pamela is the Program Director of The Mourning Star Center for Grieving Children in Palm Desert, California and works extensively with grieving children, teens and their families. For more information, please visit In 2008, Pamela and the Mourning Star Center were featured on the National Hospice Foundation of America’s Bereavement Teleconference Living with Grief: Children and Adolescents. Pamela is the Camp Director for Camp Erin - Palm Springs, the first Camp Erin in California. Camp Erin is a free camp for grieving children and teens created in partnership with The Moyer Foundation. Pamela is also President of the California Chapter of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. ADEC So Cal is an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in death education. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. Additionally, she is co-owner of a poster company that produces sensitive and educational grief-related posters. Pamela appeared on the radio show Healing the Grieving Heart with Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley, to discuss Adult Children Losing Parents. To hear Pamela being interviewed on this show, click on the following link:


National Alliance for Grieving Children Helps Kids with Grief, 12 May 2016

Talking to Your Children about 9/11, 09 Sep 2011

Skating for Her Mother, 25 Feb 2010

My Parents’ House, 19 Feb 2010

Helping Children Grieve During the Holidays, 03 Jan 2010

Child Grief Camp Director Shares Activities that Work, 21 Aug 2009

Telling a Child About Two Deaths in One Day, 22 Jun 2009

Woman Starts Grieving 12 Years After Mother’s Death, 06 Jan 2009

Poem: 10 Thanksgivings, 27 Nov 2008

Beginning Again After the Loss of Parents, 22 Sep 2008