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20th Annual NAGC Symposium

June 23 to 25, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana

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07 Oct, 2015

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Grief and Loss

Dr. Doka's presentation will focus on the ways that hospices and other organizations can assist grieving children from the time of admission through the bereavement process. He will discuss the ways that a child's grief may be expressed as well as review the interventive strategies that can assist children as they cope with illness, loss, and grief.

06 Jul, 2015

Sometimes, I just want to smack somebody. Yeah, I said it. Kris from Heartlinks, who wears a cape and loves helping people with her whole heart, sometimes just wants to let loose with a right hook on the next person who walks through the door. I realize that for some this may come as a shock. Well, maybe not, but my pride tells me that it should be shocking. Like everyone in this imperfect world, I get frustrated, overwhelmed, and downright mad. My children right now would be rolling their eyes and saying "duh" to me.

02 Jul, 2015

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other" - Walter Elliot

I remember my speech teacher giving me a book and the Elliot quote was on the first page. I have never forgotten it probably because at the age of nine it took me at least three minutes to sound out the word 'perseverance'. HA!

I had no idea how often I would return to the quote over the next 19 years. 

I remember a hazy summer day in 1997 as I sat on the couch with my mom.  She was sick... so all of my family came over to help her clean.   This was odd, because my family usually only got together on holidays.  I think their gathering was meant to happen that way.  We finally convinced her to go to the ER.  I remember her looking so pale and only wanting to eat banana popsicles.  She finally agreed to go after battling back and forth with her sisters. Mom didn't want to go as I had my first day of fourth grade the following day and she wanted to see me off on the bus.  She didn't trust my father to get me on the bus, I assume. My mom was the kindest person I have ever met, no one had a negative thing to say about her and she loved me with every ounce of her being. I loved her too; she was my best friend.

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