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EVENT CALENDAR / NO Spouses/Partners
« on: May 08, 2009, 06:04:47 PM »
NO Grieving Spouses/Partners

EVENT CALENDAR / Grieving Spouses/Partners
« on: May 08, 2009, 06:02:08 PM »
Grieving Spouses/Partners
Fridays: 2:00 ? 3:30 p.m.
May 15 ? July 10
(excluding July 3rd)
Continuum Bereavement Center
39 Broadway, Suite 200
Registration:  Frank Attanasia, LCSW 212-649-5589

EVENT CALENDAR / General Support Group
« on: May 08, 2009, 04:41:45 PM »
General Support Group
Tuesdays: 4:00 ? 5:15 p.m.
Feb. 10, March 10, April 14, May12, June 9, and July 14
The Riverside Church (Room 603T)
91 Claremont Ave.
(Between 121 & 122 St.)
Registration: Elizabeth Santiago, LCSW

EVENT CALENDAR / Continuum 2009 Support Groups
« on: May 08, 2009, 04:34:06 PM »
General Support Group
Tuesdays: 4:00 ? 5:15 p.m.
Feb. 10, March 10, April 14, May12, June 9, and July 14
The Riverside Church (Room 603T)
91 Claremont Ave.
(Between 121 & 122 St.)
Registration: Elizabeth Santiago, LCSW

General Support Group

Time and Date to be announced
Continuum Bereavement Center
39 Broadway, Suite 200
Registration: Elizabeth Arnone, LMSW
Pamela Spitz-Guzman, MSW
Please call for more information

Grieving Spouses/Partners
Fridays: 2:00 ? 3:30 p.m.
May 15 ? July 10
(excluding July 3rd)
Continuum Bereavement Center
39 Broadway, Suite 200
Registration:  Frank Attanasia, LCSW 212-649-5589

Drawing Closer:
 6 guided supportive art therapy sessions
Wednesdays: 10:00 ? 12:00 p.m.
May 27 ? July 1
Continuum Bereavement Center
39 Broadway, Suite 200
Registration:  Elizabeth Gronke, MPS

Parental Loss
Thursdays: 3:00 ? 4:15 p.m.
May 14 ? July 2
(excluding June 4th)
Continuum Bereavement Center
39 Broadway, Suite 200
Registration: Julie Lerner, PsyD

Future Workshops
First Year Anniversary
Helping Children Grieve
If interested please call 212-844-5754

Transportation: #1 train to Rector Street; #2/3 to Wall St. at Williams St.; #4/5 to Wall St. at Broadway; A/C to Broadway-Nassau St. at Fulton St.; J/M/Z to Broad St. at Wall St.; R/W to Rector St. at Trinity Place. Parking:  Battery Park Garage on Greenwich Street between Rector and Edgar Streets 2 blocks west of Broadway.


VIDEOS / Capturing A Short Life - Video Trailer
« on: January 24, 2009, 01:43:25 PM »
Capturing A Short Life is a beautiful and life-affirming documentary about families dealing with infant loss.  Combining verit? and interview footage with still photography, this poignant documentary details the stories of families who are dealing, in an immediate sense, with the loss of a newborn baby. Capturing A Short Life portrays in a sensitive, intimate and cinematic manner, the emotional, medical and ethical choices that parents are often faced with when they are told that their baby is incompatible with life. Although this subject matter is impossibly sad, the lives and relationships that evolve, even in this context, are not.

This film follows the stories of four families as they live through, and detail, their baby?s lives. Although the circumstances surrounding the births, lives and deaths of their children vary significantly, at the core of their stories there is a similar emotional resonance.

Lydia is born full term, but during labour, suffered massive brain damage due to a lack of oxygen. Her family are told that she will never evolve beyond a non-responsive state. Her parents are forced to make difficult decisions about whether or not to withdraw life support and, ultimately, whether to take her off nutrition.

Emerson was born four months early, weighing less than two pounds. With each ounce he gains his parents hope that he will be able to beat the odds and survive.

Twins, Kayla and April were born healthy but, at one month old, Kayla contracted meningitis and her parents have been told she will likely become non-responsive within 48 hours.

Hailey was born with Type Two Gauchers disease, a rare genetic illness that causes extensive and progressive brain damage. The outcome of Hailey?s life is inevitable, but her parents are determined to enjoy every second they have with her.

Few people are aware that in North America every year, tens of thousands of families are having to say goodbye to children they?ve only just met and millions more lose babies to miscarriage or stillbirth.

When a baby dies, it is not only an infant that is lost, but a toddler, a child, a teenager and an adult. An entire life, an entire future, disappears. There will be no first birthdays, no first steps, no first report cards, no first loves?instead there is an intense, impossible, few moments to say hello and goodbye.

Capturing A Short Life is not a film about death, it is a film about how critical it is to remember and celebrate the beautiful babies who are only with us for a moment, and how impossible it is to forget them.

You can find out more information and get the DVD at:

VIDEOS / The story of Ed Rath
« on: January 24, 2009, 01:45:04 PM »
This video is made possible by a grant from the Select Equity Group Foundation.

In this first of three illuminating segments, Ed Rath relates his family's profound experience of caring and grieving for wife and mother Laura.  During her 11 year battle with cancer, Ed and Laura successfully maintained their loving family life, raising two children, working at their jobs and creating art.  We see what happened, and the role that hospice care -- and subsequent bereavement counseling -- played.  The second video will focus on Ed's art in his grieving process, and the third will share the particular journey the family traveled in planning the funeral.

VIDEOS / Holding Our Own
« on: December 21, 2008, 04:49:02 PM »
Filmmaker Camilla Rockwell sent the trailer to her film "Holding Our Own". We feel her program is helpful for those who are involved in hospice and/or grieving.

 From her description: This powerful yet tender treatment of our final life passage features artist Deidre Scherer, the hospice chorus Hallowell, and Ira Byock, M.D., author of DYING WELL. With its gentle, direct, and celebratory approach toward the end of life, "Holding Our Own"can be shared with audiences of all ages.

VIDEOS / Francis Lamoureux Veteran's Day 2008
« on: November 08, 2008, 02:54:12 PM »
Last year the Grieving Center produced three segments about hospice and bereavement at the Veterans' Administration. The response was phenomenal.

This year in honor of Veteran's Day we a have an excerpt from a film about Francis Lamoureux a 82nd Airborne
World War II veteran who jumped in to the battles at D-Day, Market Garden and The Battle of the Bulge.

In this segment he honors the memory of his fallen comrades

Loss - of a child / Re: I HAD 3 BOYS NOW I HAVE 1
« on: August 06, 2008, 02:24:07 PM »
You might try changeing your online user name name. It sounds like the name of a  porn star to me!
I have a hard time taking this post seriously with a name like that. In fact, some might find it creepy.
Anyway, if this post is legit, then you might get more response with a different name.


News and Press / The Grieving Center One Year Anniversary
« on: June 25, 2008, 10:37:18 AM »
This month is the first year anniversary of the Grieving Center. 

We would like to thank the many people who have shared their stories of grief.  Over the past year we have produced 18 segments on a wide variety of subjects for a total of nearly three hours of programming. In our second year we have already filmed a number of powerful programs, which will be posted over the next few months.

We are also introducing The Grieving Center Satellite Program:

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The program is a way for sponsors to benefit from the ever increasing traffic and audience the Grieving Center receives.  The program offers a sponsor a  fully produced video, the ability to post their own videos and their own dedicated discussion/forum group.

If you are interested in knowing more about this program please contract Eric Marciano at

VIDEOS / Capt. Maria Irizarry
« on: May 26, 2008, 09:20:00 AM »

The Grieving Center would like to send a special thanks to The Heidi Paoli Fund for making this video possible.

Capt. Maria Irizarry, RN is both a intensive care unit nurse familiar with all aspects of palliative care and a Captain in the U.S. Army reserve. As part of our honoring of Memorial Day we are presenting this short segment where she describes dealing with the pressures and emotions of war and the loss of a loved one.

ONLINE LINKS / Dr. Elisabeth K?bler-Ross - Author
« on: April 22, 2008, 11:52:56 AM »
Elisabeth K?bler-Ross, M.D. (July 8, 1926 ? August 24, 2004) was a Swiss-born psychiatrist and the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying, where she first discussed what is now known as the K?bler-Ross model. She is a 2007 inductee into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

ONLINE LINKS / Citrus Valley Health Partners
« on: April 22, 2008, 11:48:38 AM »
Citrus Valley Medical Center (CVMC), Foothill Presbyterian Hospital (FPH) and Citrus Valley Hospice together serve more than 880,000 people in the San Gabriel Valley. Foothill Presbyterian Hospital is situated in Glendora and CVMC has two hospital facilities: Inter-Community Campus in Covina and Queen of the Valley Campus in West Covina. Citrus Valley Hospice and Citrus Valley Home Health Agency extend health care and comfort care to people at home and at the charming Hospice facility in West Covina. Healthcare Equipment Center of San Gabriel Valley in Glendora supplies people with a full range of assistive devices.

ONLINE LINKS / David Kessler - Author
« on: April 22, 2008, 11:47:01 AM »

You will also find links to to buy my first book, ?The Needs of the Dying?, as well as my second and third books ? co-authored with the legendary Elisabeth K?bler-Ross ? ?Life Lessons? and ?On Grief and Grieving?, at a discounted price.

ONLINE LINKS / Ed Rath - Artist
« on: April 22, 2008, 11:45:28 AM »
Grieved and Bereaved in Brooklyn

Eight months ago my wife Laura died from breast cancer. We were together for twenty two years. Even though we knew that her death was inevitable, I did not anticipate the overwhelming flood of emotions which have saturated my consciousness since she died. After many months of taking care of her, she is now gone forever. Though I know it is true, this fact is not easy to accept.

I have seen that traumatic events such as this have the power to alter our lives in unexpected ways. As I adjust to a world without Laura, I find myself becoming more introspective of my past in general, with the hope that I will be able to see the promise of the future again someday.

Going through the grieving process is almost like going insane. Yet, I am told it is a natural process, and it is important to allow it to happen as it will. I am grateful for all of the support I have received from family, friends, co-workers, and from the Jacob Perlow Hospice Center bereavement program. I have been fortunate to have such a loving community to be there for me during this time. Without bereavement counseling, I doubt that I would have been able to come to terms with some of the issues that grieving has brought up.

Since my artwork has always been concerned with personal narrative, it is natural for me to try to find a way to express my grief through painting. In this exhibition, I am using landscapes, seascapes, portraits, and self-portraits as subjects to explore the layers of intense feelings that I have been going through.

I can offer no explanation for why I am compelled to make art all the time. I just know that it helps me process the experiences that make up my life.  Rather than try to explain what the paintings mean, I am providing the following annotations, which may or may not give some insight into the who, what, where, and why of what they mean.

This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of my beautiful Laura.

October 25th, 2005.
The exhibition took place in November 2005, at the 55 Mercer Gallery, in NYC.

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