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Rob Sheesley, M.Div., C.T., is Director of The Center for Grieving The Center for Grieving Children, Teens and Families. About The Center for Grieving Children, Children, Teens and Teens and Families Rob brings over 25 years experience . . . a places of healing and hope Families working with grieving children and adults, and in consulting with and We serve children, teens, and families: training professionals. Prior to co- Peer grief support groups for founding the Center, he served for 18 children and teens who have years as Director of Pastoral Care at experienced the death of someone close. Concurrent groups are held St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. for the adults. His early training was in pastoral Educational programs for adults on psychotherapy with individuals, couples topics such as “Handling the and families. He has extensive Holidays,” “Grief and Faith,” and experience in working with critically ill “Helping Children Cope with Loss.” and dying children and their families, Referral assistance. Spring 2007 Conference and in facilitating peer support groups with both grieving children and adults. We serve those who work with grieving He holds certification as a grief children, teens, and families: counselor and educator from the In-service programs, training “If Hope were an Animal: workshops, and conference Association for Death Education and Counseling. seminars are presented at schools, A Child’s Eye View of agencies, hospitals, churches, Spirituality” community groups and other organizations. Consultation to schools and presented by The Center for Grieving agencies related to children’s grief. Children, Teens and Families Programs at The Center provide Rob Sheesley, M.Div., CT Waldo Nelson Pavilion training, support and excellent Erie Avenue at Front Street networking opportunities. Philadelphia, PA 19134 The Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by training fees, 215-427-6767 grants, and donations. Saturday, March 24, 2007 215-427-5971 fax email: firstname.lastname@example.org 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. www.grievingchildren.org marvel at the insight and wisdom Please include a daytime phone number or The session’s theme will explore how evident in their sharing. email address so that we may confirm your children tap into their spirituality to better registration. cope with crisis. How do we as caregivers In working with children struggling with help children carry out this important chronic illness, traumatic psychological Please register me for the Spring 2007 work? or physical injury, and with the natural Conference on Children’s Spirituality: grieving process, adult care givers can either stifle or enable that inner world of Name: _______________________ strength and wisdom we call “spiritual” IF HOPE WERE AN ANIMAL: to come alive. Children need a place Organization or School: A CHILD’S EYE VIEW OF to express their inner feelings, i.e. _____________________________ SPIRITUALITY doubt, fear, hopelessness, anger; they need listeners who will help them Street: _______________________ Children have a deep sense of the explore their questions and meanings that are turned up-side-down in crisis. City: _________________________ spiritual. However, because they are not sophisticated in expressing it, and They need honest support which State: _____ Zip: ______________ not verbal to proclaim it, and not enhances their self confidence enabling them to better handle difficult situations. Day time Phone: _______________ proficient to put it into traditional language, adults often overlook the Spirituality is at the core of each young Email: ________________________ inner spiritual world of children. life. It comes alive and can be seen in Research and observation have shown children’s relationships—to self and to that when given help, children often find others; to the larger community; and to creative and meaningful ways to draw God and the universe. If you wish to receive Act 48 credits, on their spirituality as an effective please provide your PA State ID Join us for our half day conference to resource in dealing with crisis and Number: ___________________ trauma. further explore how children draw on their spirituality to cope with death, loss Erma Bombeck writes in her book, I and trauma, and how we, as Send your $30 check payable to: caregivers, can help them carry out this want to grow hair, I want to grow up, I The Center for Grieving Children want to go to Boise: Children Surviving important work. Waldo Nelson Pavilion Cancer (1989), how children express Erie Avenue at Front Street their spirituality. She asked a group of PLEASE NOTE: The conference will be held at the Angelo Philadelphia, PA 19134 young cancer patients to explain DiGeorge Teaching Center on the lower “hope.” They drew blanks and silence level of St. Christopher’s Hospital for fell upon them. Then she said, “Ok, if Children. hope were an animal what would it look like?” They drew on their inner wisdom For driving directions, use 3601 A Street, to paint a life-filled composite of what it Philadelphia, PA on any internet map was to them. The reader could only program.
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