The G.A.P. Network Annual Conference
April 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
One event on April 22, 2021 at 9:00 am
Often, the pain from a traumatic loss can feel like a catch-22. The more we try to ignore it, avoid it or run from it, the more powerful it becomes. But the good news about bereavement is that even amid unfathomable grief, there is insight to be gained. What if, using that understanding, we could discover purpose and presence in our pain?
Our purpose may give our life direction and being present might allow us to learn from our journey. After all, it is in the middle of great pain that we find great passion. It is here that we reach inside and discover what we are truly made of. And then, when that happens, our pain becomes our strength.
The truth is grief guides us to rebuild fulfilling and meaningful lives. And what a beautiful way to honor our lost loved ones.
Please join us for the G.AP. Network’s virtual “Gaining Ground” conference on April 21 and 22. Hosted by Prevention Action Alliance, this inspiring two-day conference will focus on healing from grief and advocating for the prevention of substance misuse.
April 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: These sessions will focus on grief and healing. Highlights include:
- The two-part “Continuing Bonds: Fostering Our Emotional Connections with Those We’ve Lost” by Eleanor Hale, M.S. and Litsa Williams, M.A., L.C.S.W.-C., cofounders of the online community What’s Your Grief.
- “When a Family Grieves: The Impact of Death on the Family System” by Julia Ellifritt, L.I.S.W.-S., program director for Ohio-based Cornerstone of Hope.
April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon: These sessions will focus on advocating for the prevention of substance misuse. Highlights include:
- “From Grief to Advocating for Prevention” by Travis Bornstein, cofounder of Hope United.
- “Advocacy 101” by Jean-Phillip Dorval, advocacy and public policy liaison with Prevention Action Alliance.
- “The Addict’s Parents United” by Brenda Stewart, founder of the organization.