McGarvey Learning Center
St. Vincent Hospital
232 West 25th Street, Erie PA
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Featuring a parent panel, grief professionals, and service providers
Session #1: Uncovering the Hearts, Hurts, and Hope of Grieving Parents
Facing the loss of a pregnancy or infant is an intimate, traumatic experience with effects that ripple throughout the layers of one’s identity. In fact, the loss of a pregnancy or infant may change the entire course of a person’s life. It is a club to which no one wants to belong and a topic few feel comfortable discussing. Often parents are left feeling isolated, cheated, and fearful of their future. This is a time when caring support and tools to help with adjustment and grief is essential.
Pamela Presler, MSW, LCSW, will provide a deeper understanding of the emotional and personal challenges faced by grieving parents. She will explain how during this time of despair, hope is possible by building strong supports and practicing good self-care through tending to the mind, body, and spirit. Ultimately, she will relay how sharing experiences of loss and pain can inspire grieving parents to lean toward those who need their compassion and understanding to create amazing connections of strength, love, and outreach.
Meet our speakers:
Pamela Presler, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice as a mental health therapist at Nurturinse Counseling and Wellness Center, 1361 W. 6th Street, Erie. With an early foundation in family work in the agency setting, Pamela focuses on helping clients heal from and adjust to difficult changes and traumatic events through grief work and building on their strengths. Her goal is to empower and support individuals and families in finding their own sustainable solutions by learning healthy coping and communication skills and growing stronger from adversity. Pamela is also actively involved in Collaborative Practice (helping families resolve conflict without court intervention), marital and co-parent counseling, and is a certified mediator in Pennsylvania. She earned Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and business administration from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, then went on to earn a master’s degree in clinical social work from The Ohio State University.
Kathy Frisina, LPC, CT brings to Emma’s symposium 29 years of experience in the fields of death, dying, and bereavement, beginning in 1986 when she served through several hospice agencies. She is currently a child grief specialist and outreach and education coordinator at Highmark Caring Place in Erie. Kathy is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a national certified counselor (NCC) and is certified in crisis response (CISM) and thanatology (CT). She has presented training and performed consultative work in caring for grieving individuals and families to medical and school personnel, funeral directors, social workers, and first responders. Kathy has also presented numerous seminars on grief and bereavement on the local, state and international level. An Edinboro University alumna, she earned bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and special education and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling.