Robert is a grief counselor, hospice administrator, writer, consultant, teacher, and public speaker (also a closet actor and musician!), and he has 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, Robert approaches it with enthusiasm and humor and considers his work to be life-affirming. Last year, St. Martin’s Press published his new book, “The Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Yourself and Your Child When Grief is Shared”. His other publications include eleven “Care Notes” for Abbey Press that deal with a variety of issues faced by those who grieve. Robert 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.” Over the years, Robert has 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. His writing method was documented in the video: From the Heart: Writing and the Bereaved Parent, and he is proud to have received two Blue Ribbons from the New England Healthcare Assembly and two Testimonials of Appreciation from the American Hospital Association. Robert is currently the Coordinator of the Bereavement Program at Mary Washington Hospice, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and also maintains a home in Northampton, MA. As a faculty member for the American Academy of Bereavement for nearly fifteen years, Robert frequently travels throughout the United States leading bereavement seminars for social workers, psychologists, nurses, teachers, and clergy. Currently, Robert teaches a daylong course for the American Academy of Bereavement entitled “The Journey From Loss to Renewal”, and two multiday programs with his colleague, Jack Jordan, Foundations of Bereavement Counseling, and Advanced Bereavement Counseling. In addition to his work with The American Academy of Bereavement, Robert’s 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. Robert loves teaching and is frequently invited to lead workshops and retreats for hospitals, hospices and grief support centers across the U.S. and Canada.