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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Grief Specialist Talk Set for Thursday

A grief recovery specialist will address a Westport meeting Thursday.

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Lisa Athan: talks widely on grief issues. Contributed photo

The talk by Lisa Athan, who has a master’s in counseling and has talked widely on dealing with grief, will be held at 7 p.m. at Christ and & Holy Trinity’s Branson Hall, 75 Church Lane. It follows the recent deaths of a student and teacher at Staples High School.

“This event is meant for parents, teachers, and practitioners to discuss thoughtful responses to sudden loss,” an announcement said. “The presentation will provide information about how teens both cope with and talk about grief.

“We will also discuss how we can nurture healing in our teens, our communities, and ourselves after a tragedy.”

The announcement said the purpose for the talk “is to build open lines of communication and provide resources as ways to encourage discussion and support in the community.”

It added that organizers hope that this will be the first event in a series “of meaningful conversations.”

Athan, a certified grief recovery specialist, is executive eirector and founder of Grief Speaks, http://www.griefspeaks.com, a New Jersey-based organization dedicated to grief and loss education.

She also serves on the New Jersey Traumatic Coalition for Youth in three counties including Union, Essex and Middlesex. She is a lead responder and has been trained in post traumatic stress management.

Sponsors of the Westport event include: Stacey R. Aronson, Ph.D.; Bay Street Pediatrics; Lawrence Berliner, J.D.; Emily A. Cashman, Psy.D.; Causeway Collaborative; CBT Westport; Ava Diamond, LCSW; Faith Filiault; Gerri Fleming; Freudigman & Billings, LLC; Francoise Jaffe, LCSW, Ph.D.; Betsey Lebow, LMFT; Stew Leonard’s; Wendy Levine, M.D.; Melissa and Paul Levy; Tracy Livecchi, LCSW; Laura Matefy, Ph.D.; Christopher Mills M.D.; Kim Ann Oliver, Ph.D.; Piper A. Paul J.D.; Recovery Center of Westport; Diane Safran MS; Frank Safran, Ph.D.; Holly Schaff, Ph.D.; Anthony Silver, MS, MA; Silver Hill Hospital; Katherine Sullivan, LCSW; Village Pediatrics, LLC; Westport Family Counseling; Westport House, and Willows Pediatric Group.

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