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The holidays are approaching and we would like to share helpful tips on coping with the holidays, as well as rituals that have given grieving individuals comfort. If you have things that have been helpful to you or someone you know, we would greatly appreciate your sharing them. Karen Russell 12 October 20,2016 09:17:14 am,CDT

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Dear Friends, I am writing to request your assistance in a research project that is underway. Currently, I am a fourth year doctoral student in the Dept. of Counseling Psychology at UW-Madison. I am working on a research project with John H. Harvey, Ph.D. (Social Psychology Professor- University of Iowa, Iowa City) in the area of the Psychology of Loss and Trauma. The focus of our project is to capture the experiences of people who have lost one or both of their parents prior to the survivor reaching age 30 or so. In particular, Dr. Harvey and I are seeking out people who would be interested in writing/sharing their story. The goals of this project include facilitating research that could serve as a fulfilling and healing experience for the survivors as well as for the eventual readers of the research. Should the book project get published, our target audience would be comprised of academics, mental health professionals, but most of all survivors in search of comfort around their loss(es). What we are asking of those interested is to begin by writing your story. As per the particulars around participation, there are no restrictions to writing the story. In other words, there is not one thing we are seeking out in our participants. The story is intended to reflect the survivor's experiences, in their own words. We want the story to be an _expression of their experience. When they have finished their story, we are asking participants to please email it to me. However, if they prefer to submit the story in another way, we can work that out as well. I realize that these are somewhat vague directions. This is intentional because we want participants to feel that they can be true to themselves and their experiences through doing this project. Many people have noted that they were thinking to write their story even before this project came along. Given this response, we are asking participants to write the story they had intended to write even before hearing about the project. Then, we encourage participants to contribute whatever feels comfortable from what they have written. If they would like to contribute their whole story, we would welcome this with tremendous enthusiasm. Though, if there are some parts of the story that participants wish to keep to themselves, we want to be respectful of this choice as well. In any event, please know that if survivors have any additional questions, I will my best to provide you with the most helpful responses possible. Please know that the decison as to whether or not to reveal one's identity in the final research publication is completely theirs. However, it would be helpful, at a minimum if participants could provide their age. The length of the story can be whatever feels appropriate. To date, they have ranged from 1 page to 15, and participants can go beyond 15 if they like. Please be assured that once they submit their story, Dr. Harvey and I will keep participants up-to-date at all times on the progression of the project, and will not submit anything for publication that you participants themselves have not approved. Therefore, any contact info. that is provided would be helpful. While writing is the predominate form we are accepting stories, if survivors are poets, artists, or express themselves in other ways, we would invite an alternative to a written narrative. Finally, know that participants are welcome to drop out at any point in the project if they change their mind regarding your participation. In the mean time, I also want to provide participants with contact information of my colleague who is working on this project: John H. Harvey, Ph.D. (Social Psychologist) University of Iowa E-mail: Please know that participants can always contact John and/or myself ( 608-251-2350 for anything at any time. Finally, we (researchers) have developed a LISTSERV or a group chat type of thing for all of the participants involved in this project. Our hope is that this will be a forum where the participants can connect with each other not only for support around this project, but also simply to expand people's social networks to include more individuals who can relate to each other's unique experiences, provide emotional support in general, and maybe even be new important and wonderful friends. People have been joining the listserve as they have come to learn about the project. Please know that participation in the LISTSERV or group chat is completely voluntary and totally independent from participation in the project itself. The listserve/group chat is not intended to provide any research data for the project, but is simply an idea that was created to add to your experience as a participant. I will send an invitation to anyone who expresses an interest in the study to join the group, and if folks decide to participate, they can accept the invitation in the group. Dr. Harvey and I would greatly appreciate anything you could do to get the word out about this study. We look forward to hearing from anyone interested! Warmly, Alexis John Harvey, Ph.D. 290 October 20,2016 09:17:14 am,CDT

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We are posting this to assist Hospice Foundation of America with feedback to the following: On January 26, 2004 the New Yorker magazine printed an article by Jerome Groopman that was critical of grief counselors and dismissive of grief counseling. That article caused strong reaction within the end-of-life community, including from an international invitational organization of counselors, hospice administrators, physicians and academics in psychology called the International Work Group on Dying, Death, and Bereavement (IWG). Their response has evolved into the draft of a charter, which they are circulating for comment. HFA intends to make an organizational comment, and they are posting the IWG draft charter because they want to offer readers of their e-newsletter an opportunity to influence the draft of a document that may influence future attitudes toward grief and loss. To see the IWG document go to: Hospice Foundation of America c/o 2936 June 30,2017 05:08:59 pm,CDT

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