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Date(s) - 07/26/201307/28/2013
July 26, 2013 9:00 am

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Keynote Speakers for 2013 National Gathering

Dr. Bob Baugher, Ph.D. Psychology professor at Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA, teaching Psychology and Death Education. Author, trainer for LivingWorks focused on suicide intervention. International speaker on grief and loss, Certified Thanatologist and Clinicianwith University of WA School of Nursing Parent Bereavement Project.

Mitch Carmody. Author, staff writer for Living with Loss Magazine, recognized keynote speaker and highly regarded workshop presenter on a variety of grief and loss issues. An accomplished artist and creator of “20 Faces of Grief” and the S.T.A.I.R.S.model of grief staging.

Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley, PsyD, LMSW, MS.  Mother & daughter team, Authors & nationally known keynote speakers. Founders of Open to Hope Foundation ( which features monthly cable TV and weekly Internet radio shows. Dr. Gloria is on the National Advisory for TCF and Dr. Heidi serves on the National Board for TCF, the advisory board for TAPS and is an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

Daryl Hutson.  Bereaved parent and Co-Leader for the Montgomery County Indiana Chapter of the BP/USA. Published writer in A Journey Together and Living with Loss Magazine. Welcomed speaker at events providing support to the bereaved community, facilitator of men’s sharing groups and men-only workshops at TCF national conferences.

Susan Levy. The disappearance and murder of her 24 year old daughter, Chandra, in May 2001 created national headlines.  Knowing the desperation that comes with not knowing the whereabouts of her daughter for over a year, Susan co-founded Wings of Protection, a support system for families of missing persons. She is a keynote speaker and promoter of victims’ rights.

Kris Munsch. Bereaved dad and founder of The Birdhouse Project which took Kris to all 48 of the lower United States, helping people rebuild their lives after embracing their loss. Kris now teaches at Fort Hays State University in Kansas, and continues to write and present The Birdhouse Project nationally to those seeking empowerment to live again after loss.

Dr. Darcie D. Sims, Ph.D., CHT, CT, GMS, author, bereaved parent, Certified Thanatologist, Grief Management Specialist, Licensed Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist, co-founder and President of Grief, Inc, Director of the American Grief Academy, and Director of Training for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors of Military Loss (TAPS). Need we say more? You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear Darcie share from her wealth of knowledge to help us look at our grief logically while using her ability to add in a little bit of humor so we can understand our grief journey and learn how to embrace life after loss.

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