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Cycles of Grief in Parenting Children with Disabilities

posted Nov 18, 2011, 11:52 AM by Christine Guth   [ updated Nov 18, 2011, 11:59 AM ]
Janeen Bertsche Johnson

Speaker: Janeen Bertsche Johnson
Janeen speaks from her experience as a parent, a support group participant, and a pastor. She is currently employed as Campus Pastor at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart.

Location: 8th Street Mennonite Church
602 S 8th Street, Goshen, IN
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Date: Monday, December 5, 2011
Free and open to the public
Lending library available at 6:45 pm

Parents of children with disabilities typically go through cycles of grief that begin when parents first suspect their loved one has disability. Grieving repeats in new ways as we grow and adjust with our child. New life stages may reopen feelings of loss as young people encounter new limitations while peers are celebrating milestones such as starting school, obtaining a driver’s license, or leaving home. Janeen will lead an interactive session inviting parents to explore the cyclical journey of coming to terms with a child's disability.