The conference will feature internationally recognized grief educator Dr. Darcie Sims, Ph.D., CHT, CT, GMS who will present “New Language, New Interventions for Grief.” Attendees will also learn from Grace Terry, MSW, of the Center for Grief Education, presenting “Is it Normal Grief or is it Clinical Depression?” and the staff of Suncoast Kids Place, presenting “Effective Grief Support for Children, Teens, and Families.” Grace Terry, who organized and chairs the conference, explains, “This conference provides essential education on a universal aspect of human life. It’s designed to educate, inspire and validate. We appreciate our sponsors and exhibitors who are making it possible to offer a full day of quality education for only $22.50 in advance and $35.00 at the door.”
In addition to the presentations, sponsors will be displaying information and resources at the conference. Sponsors include Lifelines Academy & Network, Veterans Funeral Care, Montefu Consulting, Inc., Your Celebrated Life, Arcadia Home Care & Staffing, The Caregiver Hour, Isis Institute, Rocky Creek Retirement Village, Bereaved Parents USA, Perinatal ComfortCare Tampa, Suncoast Hospice, Creative Memories, Bereavement Coalition of Tampa Bay and the Pinellas Grief Education Network. “We’re honored to support this event,” said Sheryl Hunter, CEO of Lifelines Academy & Network, a company that provides education and marketing services to businesses serving seniors nationwide. “Local professionals and organizations are getting together to grow and develop in their knowledge of grief while networking so that they can collaborate to help clients.”
The Bridge Builder’s Network provides grief education and grief support to individuals, families, work places, houses of worship, professionals, and community organizations.
The First Annual Tampa Bay Grief Education Conference takes place Thursday, June 28, 2012 in the Wyndham Hotel Ballroom, located at 700 N. Westshore Blvd., from 8:00am-4:30pm. Pre-registrations are encouraged and walk-ins are welcome. For more information, please contact Grace Terry at 727-487-3207 or graceterry727@