The National Alliance for Grieving Children’s Annual Symposium was organized and launched in June 1997 by Mary Ann Emswiler and the New England Center for Loss and Transition. The first Symposium was held at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio with 48 participants from across the country. In honor of the NAGC Symposium's 20th anniversary, Mary Ann Emswiler was invited to speak at this year's symposium this past June. She has graciously allowed us to reprint her speech.
Mary Ann Emswiler at the 20th Annual NAGC Symposium on Children's Grief:
When Andy called and asked if I would talk this morning about the start of the symposium and, by extension, the National Alliance, I said yes without thinking too much.
This is what gets me into trouble.