Grief Seminar

The Annual Grief Seminar is co-hosted by Ryan’s Place and the Goshen College Social Work Education Program, and in partnership this year with the Community Foundation of Elkhart County.

Register here for the 16th annual Grief Seminar on Friday, September 20, 2019.


Contemporary Challenges in Bereavement

Our featured speaker for this year’s Grief Seminar is Dr. Pamela Gabbay, EdD, FT – co-founder and Executive Partner of The Satori Group.

Dr. Gabbay is a childhood bereavement consultant and part of the national Training Corps for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Formerly, Dr. Gabbay was the Director of the Mourning Star Center for Grieving Children and served as Camp Director for a bereavement camp for children in Palm Springs, CA. She also served two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. Dr. Gabbay served as the President of the Southern California Chapter of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She is the co-author, along with Andy McNiel, of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals.

Seminar:   Contemporary Challenges in Bereavement

Topics will include:

  • Bereavement after a death by suicide or overdose: How to help Families
  • The Opioid Crisis: The Toll on Families
  • What to do When You don’t Know What to do: Interactive Activities for Helping Grieving Children, Teens and Families
  • Funeral and Beyond: Using Rituals to Support Grieving Youth
  • Panel Discussion

Where:  Goshen College Church-Chapel
1900 S. Main Street, Goshen, Indiana

When: Friday, September 20, 2019
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Before September 13: $70 ($35 students and retired professionals).
After Sept. 13: $85 ($40 students).
Registration fee includes lunch, snacks, resource notebook, access to the vendor fair, and a CEU certificate for six hours.

Feel free to contact Veronica Berkey with any questions:

Veronica Berkey

Grief Seminar Organizer