Thursday, September 25, 2008

Miss Foundation Conference

Where Heavens Meet, by Freydoon Rassouli
Yesterday I arrived in Phoenix for a four-day conference put on by the MISS Foundation (Mothers in Sympathy and Support) for bereaved parents and the professionals who encounter them (doctors, nurses, therapists, etc).

I have heard stories from some of the other parents, and shared my story with them. I've participated in a workshop about processing grief through drawing, and another called "Please Say Her Name," in which a woman who lost her grand-daughter talked about the sometimes invisible or marginalized grief of grandparents.

I also heard a panel of parents speak about how professionals did or did not support them during the death of their child. It seems clear that often times hospital staff are ill-prepared to encounter grief and death. Part of the purpose of this conference is to begin to educate people about death and grief so we as a society can better support each other.
I am about to go to another workshop, so I will need to sign off for now.

Here is the MISS web site if anyone would like to check it out: http://www.missfoundation.org/

2 comments:

Serinekat said...

I am encouraged to hear that there's such a group like this out there for people to find support and understanding. Please share what you learn! I love you and am thinking of you and your family. Olivia still could care less.

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore said...

This Rassouli print is my favorite.