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A Conversation on Grief
January 10 @ 1:30 pm
A Conversation on Grief
Speaker: Mary L. Robinson, MA, CT
Founder and Executive Director Emeritus,
Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss
In this presentation you will learn the definitions of grief, loss, and mourning and how they apply to our own lives and to the lives of those we love, live with, and support in our communities. We will come to an understanding of how much of the world is driven by unaddressed grief and trauma and how to support people of all ages who are coping with loss of any kind. You will leave the workshop grief-informed and better prepared the next time you encounter someone who has had a loss whether recently or long ago. As women of the AAUW you will also learn about resources to support women and families coping with loss due to death and how to ensure students are able to thrive and do well in school even when grieving.
Mary Robinson, MA, CT, is the Executive Director and Founder of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss located in Mountainside, NJ. She has over 35 years of business, management, technical, and training expertise in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Leaving the corporate world in 1997 to volunteer and work full-time in the field of children’s grief support, Ms. Robinson is committed to creating communities where children coping with loss get the support they need to thrive, be resilient and grow up emotionally healthy. Working and volunteering in the field of children’s grief support grew out of Mary’s own personal experience of loss as a child. Her commitment is to ensure that no child grieves alone and that children in grief grow up emotional healthy, resilient and able to lead meaningful and productive lives.
Mary has a BA in English, an MA in Applied Psychoanalysis and is a Certified Thanatologist. She is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, serves on the Board of the National Alliance for Grieving Children, and is Chair of the Board of the Academy for Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis in Livingston NJ.
Prior to working in the field of children’s grief support Mary spent 14 years at Prudential Financial, first as a System Analyst and then for five years worked in Corporate Community Relations where she managed the company’s volunteer programs and helped give away money to nonprofits.
Madison Public Library, Chase Room