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WHYY Caring Community Presents:
Living With Grief: Coping with Public Tragedy Forum

April 30, 2003

Keynote speaker former Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker opens Wider Horizons´┐Ż third annual Forum, which examines the long-term implications of public tragedy and effective interventions and resources available to those in need, especially children. WHYY artist-in-residence Mary Anne Bartley leads the group in an artistic experience to show the power of art in grief and healing.

Moderator: Tracey Matisak, WHYY Program host View the Archive

Keynote Address:
Mark Schweiker, former Pennsylvania Governor and CEO of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

Two Panels included:

  • Ralph Benson, Pentagon Chaplain

  • Joyce Carnall, Bereavement Coordinator, Taylor Hospice

  • Frank Donaghue, CEO, American Red Cross of Southeastern PA

  • Dexter Green, Chief Safety Executive, School District of Philadelphia

  • Rev. Jerry Paradise, Spiritual Care Committee, American Red Cross of Southeastern PA

  • Stephen A. Pulley, DO, FACOE, Chief, Montco Critical Incident Stress Management Team

  • Vernard Trent, Director, Office of Specialized Services, Behavioral Health, Prevention and Intervention, School District of Philadelphia

Hospice Foundation of America Tenth Annual Teleconference--
Living With Grief: Coping with Public Tragedy

WHYY will serve as a host site for the Hospice Foundation of America's Tenth Annual satellite teleconference. Hosted by Cokie Roberts, the teleconference will look at factors that define a public tragedy and offer insight and advice to organizations and professionals as they support their communities and help those coping with loss. The effects of tragedies such as 9/11, Hurricane Andrew, Oklahoma City and other significant national events will be examined.

Moderator: Cokie Roberts, NPR Senior New Analyst and ABD News Correspondent


  • Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D., Lutheran minister and professor of gerontology at the College of New Rochelle

  • LaVone Hawell, MS, Family therapist, death educator and grief therapist

  • Marcia Lattanzi-Licht, MA, RN, LPC, Psychotherapist, educator, author and early hospice proponent

  • Nadine Reimer Penner, ACSW, LSCSW, Clinical social worker and disaster mental health instructor

  • Marlene A. Young, Ph.D., JD, Executive Director of the National Organization for Victim Assistance

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