The Palisades Alliance for Seniors will hold a virtual meeting with the topic “What Is This Thing Called Grief?” at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 18.
The guest speaker will be Joanne Weingarten, Psy.D., Senior Clinical Coordinator of Adult Programs at OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center in West Los Angeles.
Weingarten works with grievers as well as those providing grief support services. She attended Phillips Graduate Institute, where she received her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and her doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in diversity. She has more than 19 years of clinical experience – 10 in community mental health, and five serving as a supervisor.
Grief is the single most common experience, yet in our country and in our communities, it is often ignored and overlooked, for any number of reasons. OUR HOUSE provides essential grief support for a universal experience that deserves heightened understanding and acceptance.
During the program, the question will be asked: “What is grief?” Weingarten will review the Worden task model of the grieving process, and the natural responses to grief will be discussed.
The speaker has requested that everyone attending the Zoom meeting have their video cameras turned ON. She feels that seeing each other’s faces enables eye contact and helps everyone to feel connected, especially participants who may feel vulnerable sharing sensitive material.
This is a free event, but you must register in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Within 24 hours, you will receive an acknowledgment of your registration.
Other upcoming events recommended by the Senior Alliance:
- Wednesday, February 10 @ 4 p.m.– Pell Center presentation: “Inoculating the Vaccines: Rumors, Disinformation and the Truth.”
- Friday, February 12 @ 1 p.m.– JFCS Center for Children and Youth: “Staying Connected to Grandchildren While Physically Apart.”
- Sunday, February 21 @ 11 a.m.– Morristown Festival of Books author talk featuring David Michaelis, whose new Eleanor Roosevelt biography Eleanor was published in October.
- Sunday, March 7 @ 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.– Third Annual Westside Safety & Preparedness Fair sponsored by the Westside Neighborhood Council. Learn from local experts how to survive a natural disaster.
About the Palisades Alliance for Seniors
The PAS is an intergenerational group helping seniors in Pacific Palisades stay connected with their community as they grow older and encounter some limitations. The 2017 U.S. Census update identified 1,649 Palisadians (seven percent of the population) aged 80 or greater. Notably, a full 25 percent of the local population was 65 or over. Visit www.palisadesalliance.org.