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Bereavement Conference

Childhood Bereavement Conference

Friday, March 22, 2019

Kittery Community Center
Friday, March 22, 2019 8am-Noon

This half-day conference will address the process of bereavement and
strategies in supporting individuals, children, families, and
communities following suicide or overdose death. 

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Pamela Gabbay

Dr. Pamela Gabbay is a co-founder of The Satori Group, a national education and consulting company that provides training and consultation to the bereavement field. Dr. Gabbay is an adjunct faculty member at Brandman University and is a member of the national training corps for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). She is the co-author, along with Andy McNiel, of Understanding and Supporting   Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals. Formerly, Dr. Gabbay was the director of the Mourning Star Center for Grieving Children. She served two terms on the board of directors of the National Alliance for Grieving Children and served as the president of the Southern California Chapter of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Dr. Gabbay holds a Fellow in Thanatology (FT) from the Association for Death Education and Counseling and earned a Master of Arts degree in Cognitive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. Additionally, she earned a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University.

Learning Sessions

  • Using art activities and other interventions to foster posttraumatic growth in bereaved children and adolescents
  • The scope of impact of suicide/overdose loss in communities
  • Intercultural perspective of suicide and substance use issues and bereavement
  • Supporting individuals, children, and families after suicide or overdose loss
  • Self-care for caretakers



Kittery Community Center
120 Rogers Rd
Kittery, ME 03904


Friday, March 22, 8am to Noon


no fee


Ample free parking

3 Contact hours


contact Florence Young, Director of Programs by phone 207-775-5216 or
by email


9:30-10:30Learning Session #1
11:00-noonLearning Session #2

Click here to download the flyer for the conference.

Click here to download the agenda.

Click here to read the Portland Press Herald Article.