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Clarke's Danielle Pierce Memorial Lecture to Discuss Grieving Process

posted on Febuary 14, 2006

The Clarke College Biology Club will host its annual Danielle Pierce Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. This year’s lecture will feature distinguished psychotherapist Helen Fitzgerald, CT, who will present “Understanding and Helping Yourself through Grief.” Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Fitzgerald is an author and lecturer certified in thanatology, the study of death and dying, by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She currently serves as director of training for the American Hospice Foundation, providing training on grief issues for educators, social workers, and human resource personnel throughout the United States.

For 23 years, she was the coordinator of the Grief Program for Mental Health Services in Fairfax County, Va., where she conducted many groups for adults as well as grieving children.

Fitzgerald has written numerous books, including “The Grieving Child,” “The Mourning Handbook” and “The Grieving Teen.” She has also written two manuals, “Grieving at Work” and “Grieving at School,” and has written for or been quoted in “Law Practice Management,” “Parent’s Magazine,” and “Good Housekeeping.” In addition, Fitzgerald has appeared on the “CBS Morning Show,” NBC’s “Today Show,” and “Nick News” on the Nickelodeon cable network.

Fitzgerald serves as a national resource on grief and grief counseling. She has been called upon to address crisis situations at various schools and organizations, including the World Bank, the US Congress, and Washington Children’s Hospital. Following the World Trade Center attack, she worked with New York City firefighters on ways to help victims’ children.

The Danielle Pierce Memorial Lecture was established in memory of Clarke biology major Danielle Pierce, who suffered from manic depression. Each year the lecture, which deals with the subject of depression, is funded by an allocation from the Clarke Student Association.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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