Perinatal Loss: Facilitating Healing Through Compassionate Dialogue

Perinatal loss affects all who are touched by it. This professional development workshop provides an extraordinary opportunity for professionals who work with child-bearing families to gain a greater understanding of how perinatal loss affects families and care providers, practice mindfulness-based techniques for working with loss and grief, learn effective skills for working with the newly bereaved, and explore ways to engage community partners in the creation of a comprehensive perinatal loss support network.
Surrounded by the beauty of nature in the retreat-like setting of Maymont Park, we’ll delve into this difficult topic through presentations by expert speakers, mindfulness practice, and group discussions. You’ll leave with a greater capacity for dealing with loss and grief in your professional practice and also in your personal life.

Sarah Kye Price, PhD / Perinatal Bereavement: Losses that Span a Lifetime 

Sarah Kye Price, PhDWhen a pregnancy ends or a baby dies, women and families often live silently within the shadow of their unseen and unspoken grief.  This opening session offers a theoretical foundation for understanding the silence that exists around perinatal loss, and describing effects that unresolved reproductive losses can have across a lifetime.  Drawing from her work as both a grief therapist and academic social worker, Dr. Price situates the personal experience of perinatal bereavement within our understanding of how we grieve emotionally, cognitively, and interpersonally, and offers a framework for working through our own loss experiences, as well as supporting others who grieve.

Alan Forrest, EdD / Being with Loss: Mindfulness as the Basis for Compassionate Self-Care

Alan Forrest, EdDWorking in a professional capacity with the losses of others can be overwhelming until we have learned to be present with our own feelings of grief. During this experiential session, we will bring our attention inward to explore the edges of physical discomfort and emotional discomfort, and use the lens of this awareness to develop our capacity to mindfully navigate our own experience of loss.


Tammy Ruiz, RN
 / Visiting Their Sacred Ground: Communicating with the Newly Bereaved 

Tammara Ruiz, RNTammy Ruiz will bring her experiences as a Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator, Neonatal ICU & Hospice Nurse, Pastoral Care student and recent widow to explore the challenges and opportunities of entering into conversation with the newly bereaved, with major focus on newly bereaved parents in the hospital setting.
Professional: $185 (Register by October 1 for a 10% early bird discount)
Nursing, medical, counseling or social work students: $100 (must present a valid student ID at event registration)
Nonprofit organizations: Receive a 20% discount when two or more staff members register at the same time. Please call 804-612-6366 to for this option.Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included in the registration tuition.
Continuing Education Credits:
The NYU College of Nursing Center for Continuing Education in Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This program will award 5.0 contact hours.
We are currently seeking approval to provide continuing education credits for social workers and counselors.
Space is limited and spaces are available on a first come, first served basis only. Register early to ensure your spot. 
Questions? Please call us at 804-612-6366 or email
Thank you to our venue sponsor:
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