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TWU professor offers seminar on grief and the holidays Nov. 9


DENTON — The holidays can be tough on those who have lost a loved one. A traditional time of celebration may become a time to “get through” or avoid altogether.

Dr. Susan Adams, an assistant professor of counseling and development at Texas Woman’s University, will present a program on dealing with grief during the holidays Thursday, Nov. 9 in the Multipurpose Classroom and Laboratory (MCL) Building auditorium, located on Bell Avenue on TWU’s Denton campus. The presentation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Adams at (940) 898-2692 or by email at dradams@centurytel.net.

Dr. Adams said that any holiday can be difficult for those who have suffered a loss. The purpose of this seminar is to give survivors the tools to cope with the loss, she said.

“Many times, people feel that if they let go of their sadness, they will lose the memory,” she said. “They often get stuck in their grief.”
Others, however, may try to avoid the holidays altogether. Dr. Adams cautions against trying to run from the pain, saying one of her goals in this seminar is to “help people understand that we have to deal with our pain. The further away we try to push it, the more it becomes our focal point.”

The program will include several optional memorial opportunities, including a “Remembrance Service” in which participants may decorate a Christmas tree with ornaments in memory of loved ones who have died. Those who would like to take part in the service are asked to bring an unbreakable Christmas ornament to the program.

The program is sponsored by TWU’s Alpha Rho Honors Chapter for Counselors. Dr. Adams and students from the chapter will be available after the seminar for those who want to talk.


For Further Information Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senior Copywriter
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: kgarcia@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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