How do we navigate a loss when the cause of death is fraught with stigma? Suicide, homicide and overdosing are all tragic and can make the grieving process infinitely more complicated. Also, if mental illness, gender or sexual identity were part of the mix, who can you tell and what do you say?
Please join us for our monthly networking/learning meeting on Friday, May 19 from 9:30-11 am. This month, Marguerite O’Connor, M.Ed. will be discussing: Navigating Stigmatized Death. From writing obituaries to telling family and friends to digesting the loss themselves, survivors can feel lost, confused and alone.
Marguerite will speak from her extensive experience about how to help loved ones begin to navigate these experiences.
We meet at our Park Ridge location at 1440 Renaissance Dr. Suite 320. This is a great group of therapists, many of whom cross refer. All are welcome!
About Marguerite O’Connor M.Ed.
Marguerite O’Connor, M.Ed. is a Goodwill Ambassador for Chicago Jewish Funerals in Skokie and Bufffalo Grove. She is a certified funeral celebrant and co-author of Griefstruck: When a death changes your life. Prior to her current position, Marguertie was for 28 years a licensed funeral director. For nine years she taught at a mortuary college. Marguerite is a member of Toastmasters International and The American Association of University Women.
Fruit, pastries, coffee and tea will be available.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org please let us know if you would like the CEU. The event is free, but CEU’s are $10.
We hope that you can join us!