On Friday, April 22, Heartstrings once again hosted Practicing Hope, a conference detailing best practices in caring for parents experiencing fetal and infant loss for medical professionals. Nurses, counselors, hospital staff, hospice care professionals, chaplains, and health department employees came together to discuss grief reactions, the implications of culture, best practice for supporting parents, and effective self-care strategies.
Heartstrings staff are pleased to take the opportunity to introduce local practitioners to our programs and methods. Director of Support Services Cheri Timmons went into detail explaining the Heartstrings Method©, enabling local counselors and professionals to set up appropriate expectations for parents.
Heartstrings board members and support group facilitators Daniel Hall, MA, LPC, NCC and Dei Angel, LPC, NCC covered in-depth looks at common grief reactions and cultural components that affect mourning. Participants received 4 continuing education credit hours from Northwest AHEC for their attendance.
The most impactful moment in the conference may have been the parent panel. Heartstrings parents shared their stories of loss and hope, and invited participants to ask questions. One medical professional said "the parents were absolutely wonderful and were really icing on the cake for such a good training."
Heartstrings looks forward to the upcoming Fall 2016 Practicing Hope conference. If you are interested in learning more about this training, please contact Cheri at 336-335-9931.