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Workshop a success

To the editor: Wed like to thank all who were involved in our very successful Here to There: Grief to Peace workshop held in Lake Placid on Nov. 5. High Peaks Hospice, Hospice of the North Country and Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley co-hosted the event. Enthusiastic participants included: grievers, students, therapists, counselors, nurses and teachers. It felt like a Gala occasion as 183 people from around northern New York gathered at the Hilton Lake Placid Resort for the workshop by Diana Jacks, PhD. The program addressed the issues of grief through drawings created by this grandmother turned artist and therapist. Her cards - Impact, despair, resolve, and true strength - led to peace in the grief journey. We would like to extend heartfelt thanks for the sponsors of this event. Their program ads enabled us to bring Dr. Jacks to Lake Placid and to make this important event available to all who might benefit by allowing us to reduce the registration fee. The sponsors include: The Hilton Lake Placid Resort, Adirondack Medical Center, Adirondack Arts & Healing, Bereavement Services of the North Country, Shelly Tracy, LMHC, Borealis Color, Carleton Funeral Home, Adirondack Cancer Care, Clearview Wellness, WM Marvins Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, Plattsburgh United Methodist Church, Peaks & Valleys Counseling, Dr. Emmanuel Bernstein, Fortune Keough Funeral Home, Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, Tri-Lakes Home Medical, Hamilton Funeral Home and Inc. Hospice Volunteer Services. The overwhelming response to and participation in the workshop demonstrated a huge need for conferences addressing issues surrounding bereavement and grief. In the spring the annual teleconference presented by the Hospice Foundation of America, and offered through your local hospice, will address issues surrounding childrens grief. Thank you again to all who participated in any way to the resounding success of the workshop. Barbara J. Hofrichter
High Peaks Hospice

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