Saturday March 22, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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Kellenberg High School 
1400 Glenn Curtiss Blvd.
Uniondale, NY 11553

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Bereavement Coordinator 
Catholic Cemeteries - DRVC 

Bereavement Conference (2014) 

From the Registration and Welcoming to the closing Eucharistic Celebration you'll enjoy this one day event.

Some of the day's event include a : Keynote Address, Workshops, with lunch included.

Registered attendees have a large selection of classroom workshops to choose from with topics focused on different types of grief experiences.

The conference is helpful to both the Bereaved and those who minister to the bereaved.

Wish to download a pdf copy of our brochure?  Click here 

Keynote Address                                                        The whole day?  Click here

The Human Process of Grief:  A Journey of Healing, A Journey of Faith

 The human process of grief is the natural and healing response to the loss of a loved one.  Enlightened by the gift of our Christian faith, this journey is one of pain and hope  rooted in love, but also a time of profound spirituality and growth.  This presentation will explore the nature and stages of the grief process and reflect on the power of our faith as the source of healing and peace.

Most Reverend  Nelson J. Perez, M.Div., M.A., D. D.

Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre

NPerez@DRVC. org

 Bishop Perez,  born in Miami, Florida, of Cuban parents and raised in Northern New Jersey, was ordained a priest  of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1989.   In 1998, he was named a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope John Paul II and  Prelate of Honor in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.  He obtained his degree in Psychology from the University of New Jersey at Montclair and Masters of Divinity and Masters of Arts in Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.  In June 2012, Bishop Perez was named Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and received Episcopal Ordination on July 25, 2012. He is currently the Episcopal Vicar for the Eastern Vicariate of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  While in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Bishop Perez served as pastor of St. William Church in Philadelphia and most recently as pastor of St. Agnes, West Chester, Pennsylvania.  He was the founding director of the Catholic Institute for Evangelization, an Archdiocesan center for Adult Faith Formation Development and Lay Ministry Training.  In addition, Bishop Perez served as parochial vicar of St. Ambrose in Philadelphia and assistant director of the Office for Hispanic Catholics.  He taught courses in religion and psychology as an adjunct faculty member at La Salle University, and has traveled within the United States offering conferences on evangelization, lay ministry, leadership development, retreats and parish days of recollection.  Bishop Perez is currently a member of the Corporate Board of Directors for Catholic Health Services; board member of Catholic Charities, Priests Personnel Board, and the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Rockville Center.   A member of the United States Conference of Bishops, he also serves on the Bishops Sub-Committee for Hispanic Affairs. 

Workshop Descriptions:     Get a copy for a friend or your files? Click here 

For Specific Loss:

1. Grieving the Loss of A Parent – Session II

Margie Demshock, MS, LMHC, CCMHC, Spiritual Director, 25 years experience in working with the bereaved

This workshop is geared towards those who have lost a parent suddenly or after an illness.

2. Bereavement for Young Widows or Widowers-– Sessions I & II

Kathryn Monaco Douglas-experienced bereavement facilitator. Has organized and coordinated support groups, fundraisers, events and facilitator workshops

This workshop is designed for people who are interested in facilitating a support group for young widows and widowers. Come and learn creative ideas on keeping a group successful

3 .Men And Grief-Session I

Luciano Sabatini, Ph. D. Adjunct professor at Hofstra University and Bereavement Counselor

A workshop for men only which focuses on the challenges facing grieving men in our society.

4. Coping and Surviving the Loss of a Child-Session II

Diana Roscigno - LPN,  Chapter Leader of Bereaved Parents of the USA, LI

For bereaved parents and facilitators to hear a firsthand experience of how to rebuild life after the death of a child.

Spirituality & Support for All Losses 

5. Blessed Are You-Session I & II

Chris Catalano, B.A. Theology, M.A., Music Composition- Workshop presenter in parishes and conferences.

This will be a special session of prayer, reflection and original music. Indented for all who grieve but will be especially helpful for those with recent loss and younger spouses

6. Estate Planning After the Loss of A Loved One-Sessions I & II

Deacon Frank G. D’Angelo, Esq., Founder and manager of the Law Offices of Frank G. D’Angelo & Associates, PC, concentrating in legal issues affecting the family.

This informative workshop will detail the legal steps involved in dealing with a lost loved ones fiscal property.

7. Destination Relaxation: Using Mindfulness and Mediation for Wellness- Session II

Marianne Esolen, L.C.S.W. Private counseling and consulting practice for bereavement, crisis and illness.

Mindfulness and meditation are powerful strategies and tools to handle the pain of grief.

This workshop will introduce some simple techniques to relax the mind and body.

8. Building A Confident Retirement-Session I

Jeffrey London, C.F.P., C.R.P.N., Private Wealth Advisor

This workshop will present topics such as covering your essential expenses, preparing for the unexpected, ensuring you can live the lifestyle and leaving a legacy behind.

9.  Support For The Caregiver –Session I

 Margaret Peterson, R.N., M.A., Mental Health and Bereavement loss background for over 25 years

Are you struggling to care for a loved one who is sick or dying at home? This workshop offers you a variety of tools to support you through this process.

10. The Song Remembers When-Session II

Suzanne Richards, M.A., Adjunct Professor Molloy College and Director of Parish Faith Formation for Christ the King Parish

This workshop will show how using secular songs can assist in the grieving process and express how one is feeling.

11. I Am Catholic and Grieving-Session I & II 

 Allen Siegel-OFS, MA, BCC, Director of Spiritual Care Services, bereavement conference workshop presenter and keynote presenter (DRVC).  Bereavement counselor, Graduate of Pastoral Formation Institute, MTA Police and USHHS Chaplain

This workshop will explore and reflect upon the Catholic faith based and Christ centered approach to grief and mourning. Participants will integrate the Catholic understanding of grief and mourning into an understanding of the grief journey. Both  the bereaved and facilitators are invited to attend this pastoral and hope filled presentation. 

For Facilitators and Professionals

12. Mentoring & Adolescent Grief-Session II

Michelle Graff & Shelia Felice, Licensed Social Workers & Bereavement Specialists at Good Shepherd Hospice

This workshop is designed for parents, youth ministers, teachers and all who work with teens. Learn skills to build upon the strengths of teenage relationships.

13. Parenting the Grieving Child- Session I

Michelle Graff & Shelia Felice, Licensed Social Workers & Bereavement Specialists at Good Shepherd Hospice

This workshop is designed for parents and professionals who work with children. It will cover the journey from the diagnosis to the end of life and beyond.

14. Making Connections-Children & Family Bereavement Programming-Session I

Mary Beth McKeever, LCSW-R, Director of Bereavement, Good Shepherd Hospice & Elizabeth Olsen, Good Shepherd Hospice, Child Life Specialist 

This workshop will focus on the children and family bereavement program “Connections.” Participants will gain an understanding about how the group was formed, how the program is implemented and success and challenges along the way. Activities used in the group process will be shared as tools for bereavement counselors, parish facilitators, guidance counselors and teachers.

15.  Yes, You Can Do It! Partnering with Children on the Grief Journey an exploration of hope and Encouraging Children’s Resiliency After a Loss- Session II

Elizabeth Olsen, Good Shepherd Hospice, Child Life Specialist

This presentation will explore various programming and services available for children and teenagers through Good Shepherd Hospice. It will highlight programs such as support groups, camp and holiday programs. Descriptions and samples of activities used in various settings will be shared with participants. This workshop is for professionals, bereavement specialists, parish facilitators, youth ministers and teachers.

For General Loss

16. Ten Steps To Understanding Grief-Sessions I & II

Ann Marie D’Angelo A.P.R.N., B.C., Adjunct professor at Adelphi University, Private Practice in Geriatrics and Psychotherapy providing services to individuals and families

A practical and in depth workshop that explores ten steps in understanding grief. Those who are grieving as well as those professionals and parish facilitators are invited to attend.

17. Why Do I Feel So Lost & Confused?-Grief In the First Three Months-Session I

Margie Demshock, MS, LMHC, CCMHC, Spiritual Director, 25 years experience in working with the bereaved

This workshop will address the needs of those who are newly bereaved or suffering a loss in the past three months and are not presently in a support program.

18. Forgotten Mourners: Mending the Pieces of A Broken Heart-Session II

Margaret Peterson, R.N., M.A., Mental Health and Bereavement loss background for over 25 years

Forgotten mourners often include grandparents, in-laws, friends and even children. When a death occur, everyone must go through the process of grieving and create a new normal in order to go forward with their life. This workshop is designed for all who are grieving.

19. How Our Personality is Part of the Grieving Process-Session I

Suzanne Richards-M.A., Adjunct Professor Molloy College and Director of Parish Faith Formation for Christ the King Parish

Come and learn how our personality affects how we grieve. The presenter will use the Myers-Briggs inventory as a tool to learn more about ourselves.

20. How Aging Affects the Grieving Process-Sessions I & II

Mary Anne Russo, M.A., Experienced with support groups and prayer services for parents who have lost a child

This workshop is designed for facilitators and for those caring for someone older who has experienced a significant loss (this loss may have occurred in the past or be a recent loss)

21. Empowering the Newly Bereaved-Session-II

Luciano Sabatini, Ph. D. Adjunct professor at Hofstra University and Bereavement Counselor

This workshop is designed specifically for the newly bereaved to give tools and strategies to help regain control over their lives.

22. What Helps the Most?-Session I

Elaine Stillwell- M.A., M.S., Founder and Chapter Leader of the Compassionate Friends of Rockville Centre

Workshop  for newly bereaved exploring the ideas and strategies to help you become a triumphant survivor.