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Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Worst Loss: Caring for Families After the Death of a Child
Event Details
Date(s): September 24, 2020
Time: 1:30 PM  CT - 3:00 PM  CT
Organization Details
Organization: Association of Professional Chaplains
Contact Phone: 8472401014
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The Worst Loss: Caring for Families After the Death of a Child
presented by Sara Reynolds MDiv BCC and Cassandra Matz LCSW 
Date & Time
Thursday, September 24, 2020
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm  Central 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Mountain
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Pacific
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Alaska
8:30 am - 10:00 am Hawaii
90 minutes (1.5 CE hours
When children die in the hospital, there are a multitude of  supportive services walking with them through the dying process while they are still in the hospital. Pediatric institutions are beginning to recognize the necessity and benefit of providing care for grieving families after they leave the hospital. This webinar will aim to explore one pediatric hospital's approach to supporting families after their child dies, specifically examining the structure, curriculum, and practice of their 8-week parent grief support group. We will also share the structured feedback that we have received from group participants through a regularly conducted quality improvement survey. Our hope is to share about one successful intervention that is part of a larger bereavement program supporting parents grieving the death of a child. 
Learning Objectives
  • Highlight a theoretical grounding for parental grief groups
  • Provide an overview of common themes of parental grief in a pediatric setting
  • Share and explore curriculum of parent grief groups
Please Register by Monday, September 21, 2020

Registration by the published deadline is required to ensure that participants receive handouts, login information and pre-reading materials, if any, in sufficient time before the webinar.

Sara Reynolds has been a Staff Chaplain at Children's Hospital Colorado since 2015, and currently works serving their Heart Institute, Emergency Department, Eating Disorder Unit, and hospital teams. She is interested in trauma-informed work, and interacts closely with trauma, crisis, and bereavement. For the past 3 years, she has helped to co-facilitate parent grief groups, and helps to support the hospital's bereavement program. Sara also works to teach de-escalation strategies with the hospital's workplace violence initiatives, and is an active member of the Resiliency Education Support and Training (REST) Council, which supports hospital staff members in developing and maintaining resiliency.   

Cassandra Matz specializes in parental bereavement counseling and has been the Bereavement Coordinator at Children's Hospital Colorado since April 2014. She provides therapeutic support in the form of brief individual counseling and group counseling for families grieving the pediatric death of a child or sibling. Cassie has been a return guest lecturer at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver on the topics of parental bereavement and childhood grief. In addition to her work with grieving families, Cassie also chairs the hospital’s Bereavement Council and is an active member of the Resiliency Education Support and Training (REST) Council, which supports hospital staff members in developing and maintaining resiliency.  

How It Works
To participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet access and speakers, as the presentation audio and visuals are "webcast." Our webinars are priced per computer terminal, not per participant. That means you can invite as many colleagues to join you as can fit in your conference room or cluster around your computer. As a participant, you will be able to interact with the presenters, who will ask questions of the audience and answer questions posed by participants.
System Requirements
• As a best practice, we highly recommend an Ethernet connected computer for best connectivity and listening experience. You may experience some buffering of audio on lower bandwidth wireless connections.
• Internet Browsers:  Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or later, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Windows Edge browser.
• Stable Internet Connection, DSL or above:  100kbps for video transmission, 300kbps for screen sharing and remote control, 500kbps to ensure fluidity of all services.
• Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Mac OS X v10.4 or higher, Linux, Solaris.
• Adobe Flash Player 13.0 or newer:
• Computer Speakers
The link below will test your system to make sure you are running the most recent version of Adobe Flash Player and to make sure it is not being blocked by your network.
The "Connectivity" line should have a green check mark. If it does not please contact your network administrator to allow TelSpanWeb access to port RTMPE 1935. This will allow your Adobe Flash Player to run properly through TelSpanWeb. "Application Sharing" applies only to presenters, so if you see a red "X," that's OK.
If you have any further questions or concerns, or if you do not have computer speakers, please contact APC at for assistance.
You will receive an e-mail confirmation upon completion of the online registration and payment process. Instructions for logging into the webinar will be e-mailed to all participants two business days before the event.
Cancellation Policy
The registration fee (minus a $20 nonrefundable processing charge) will be refunded up to five (5) business days of the scheduled event. APC® reserves the right to cancel the program within five (5) business days of the scheduled event, if an insufficient number of people register. In case of APC cancellation, all registration fees will be refunded.

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