Author and panel ‘shine a light’ on grief

Jewish Family Service of Westport, Weston, Wilton and Norwalk, in collaboration with Family Centers, The Den for Grieving Kids, and the Stamford JCC, presents Shining a Light on Grief — Helping Children and Families.

Carole Geithner, LCSW, author of If Only, a fictional story of dealing with grief through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl, will discuss her book and her experiences working with clients faced with a traumatic loss.

The program takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford.

Ms. Geithner’s book will be available for sale and signing. The program is free and open to the entire community.

An assistant clinical professor of psychology at George Washington University School of Medicine, Ms. Geithner has more than 20 years of experience as a clinical social worker, working with scores of children who have lost a parent, as well as adults whose childhoods were shaped by the loss of a parent. She has worked with the bereaved and professionals in the field.

Ms. Geithner is the wife of Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner.

Following her talk, a panel of professionals based in the Stamford community will take questions from the audience.

The panel includes psychotherapist Fran Dorf, on behalf of Jewish Family Service; Amanda Romaniello, the coordinator of clinical services at Family Centers in Darien; and Linda Weatherseed, the coordinator of Family Centers’ Den for Grieving Kids, a series of evening support groups for children and their parents who are grieving the death of a family member.

Jewish Family Service, located in Stamford and Westport, provides an active one-on-one counseling program for depression, anxiety, bereavement, marital problems, parenting issues, aging, eating disorders, and vocational choices.

To schedule a day or evening appointment, call Eve Moskowitz, director of clinical services, at 203-921-4161, ext. 122, or email [email protected]

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