Support for Grieving Children, Teens and their Families

May 21, 2013
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Britta Martini-Miles is Executive Director of the www.grievingchildrenlighthouse.org , Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children. Candace Ray is Program Director at Lighthouse. They share their personal stories. They describe Lighthouse and its work. They discuss grieving in children, teens and their families, the various circumstances of the deaths that hinder grieving, and the effects. They explain the support that Lighthouse provides for grieving in the various circumstances. They discuss financial aspects of care provided by Lighthouse, especially when the death of a loved one brings financial challenges for the family. They explain how the death of a loved one is a time of crisis which, if handled with caring and support, can become a process of growth. They say what they intend to do and would like to see done by others to expand the support needed by grieving children, teens and their families. They share the messages for family caregivers and their family members.

Family Caregivers Unite!

Family Caregivers Unite!

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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.

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Dr. Gordon Atherley

Dr. Gordon Atherley

Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.

Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.

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