Child-loss support group forming
Compassionate Friends, an organization of support for parents and other relatives who have lost a child of any age, is re-forming at the South Shore and will have a holiday party at 6 p.m. on Dec. 16.
Rebecca Phillipsen, a licensed clinical social worker, will act as a professional advisor to the group.
Phillipsen has worked as a medical social worker for more than 14 years. She has worked as a social worker in hospice for approximately 10 years, providing emotional support to patients and families facing end-of-life issues as well as providing bereavement support to families who have experienced a loss. While working at San Diego Hospice three years ago, she was part of the pediatric hospice team, which provided support and services to families facing the loss of a child, grandchild or sibling. Her team was well aware of Compassionate Friends, as this was a primary source of support for their families after the loss of their child.
In addition to medical social work, Phillipsen has worked as a school counselor in public schools and has worked as a case manager coordinating services for developmentally disabled adults and children. She has been employed since June at Barton Hospice of the Lake as a social worker. In addition, she is involved in her own private counseling practice. All parents and families as well as friends of those who have lost a child are welcome to attend the holiday party. There will be a potluck dinner and an ornament exchange, wherein each parent or family member may put the name and birth and death dates of the child who has passed away on the bottom of an ornament they bring.
To RSVP and for more information, call Arline at (775) 588-6997 by Monday.
Candle lighting will mark loss
The Compassionate Friends, a nonprofit support group for people who have lost a child, will be having their annual candle lighting to honor the children who are no longer with us.
The lighting is a world-wide event starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the time zone where you live, to give a wave of light around the world. The gathering will be on the 17th floor of the Peppermill. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the lighting starting at 7 p.m. Call Shawn or Kristine at (775) 265-5468.