by Elizabeth Cohen, LCSW, FT, Manager, Illness, Loss and Spiritual Support at JCFS Chicago
Few things impact a family more than the death of one of its members. For many families, the loss of a loved one can lead to a heightening of old conflicts creating stress and strife. At a time of deep pain, family members often feel they cannot turn to each other for solace. But, it is also possible for families to grow together through the experience of loss.
On May 18, the illness, loss and spiritual support at JCFS Chicago and The Lauri S. Bauer Foundation for Sudden Loss will present the 5th Annual Conference on Help, Healing and Hope after Loss. This year‘s conference will feature Janice Nadeau PhD, who will speak about Grief and the Family: Finding Balance after Loss. Dr. Nadeau is a psychologist and former hospice nurse who has spent over 30 years working with families through end of life issues and loss. In addition, Dr. Nadeau experienced the death of her husband and adult daughter in the same year, making her an especially empathic helper. The conference is an opportunity to bring together individuals, families, mental health practitioners and clergy to gain support from each other, and learn ways to better navigate the mourning process.
Dr. Nadeau focuses on grief and the family utilizing a unique teaching tool, her Nadeau Family Mobile TM. This three-dimensional mobile is a visual representation of the family as a system and the impact of loss on the entire system. Dr. Nadeau explains that each family member experiences their loss differently, but as a unit they can learn to survive the loss, and actually thrive and grow closer. Dr. Nadeau is an engaging, warm presenter who sprinkles her presentation with a deep sense of compassion and humor reminding us of the deep humanity and growth that can come from dealing with loss.
The 5th Annual Lauri S. Bauer Conference on Help, Healing and Hope after Loss will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Skokie. Please join us for a reception at 7pm, followed by the program at 7:30 pm. The event is free, and open to the community. Register today
“Families Making Sense of Death: Professional and Personal Implications,” a workshop for professionals, will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 9 am - 4 pm at Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah in Wilmette. The cost of the program is $20 for the program, which includes Kosher box lunch. 6.0 CEUs for Social Work/Counseling provided for no additional fee. $10 additional CEU fee for psychologists. This session is sponsored by the Lauri S. Bauer Foundation for Sudden Loss. Register today