3 Ways To Survive Grief During the Holidays

Read Maryann’s new column on managing grief during the holidays in the Healthy Living section at Huffington Post and also in this month’s edition of Grief Digest called “Are We There Yet?”

Upcoming in Grief Digest

Secret Maps director Maryann Manelski will be writing for Grief Digest for the next few months. We’ll be offering a discount to readers but you can see the ad and the discount codes that will be in the issue now. We’ll post again when the issue is available and you can read her articles.

National Widowers Organization Holiday Support

The National Widowers’ Organization is putting together resources for widowers dealing with loss during the holidays and has recommended the Secret Maps Project for its members.

Sam Feldman, founder and Chairman of the National Widowers’ Organization, participated in the [the Secret Maps Project] film, sharing his story of loss. He says of his involvement in this project, “After seeing the completed films and support materials that are available for individuals and professionals alike, I am convinced Maryann’s work can make a significant difference to the widowed community in a new and effective way. At a time when resources to support widowers are scarce, the Secret Maps Project provides individuals, professionals, and organizations with tools that can help many.”

We hope grievers everywhere take an hour and avail themselves of the film online. It’s another way to get through and know you are not alone. Surviving Loss is so happy to be working closely with National Widowers to help reach the men in grief who are so often under-supported in their loss. You can read the full press release below.

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Multi-layers of the Caregiver’s Dilemma in the NYT

As filmmaker Maryann Manelski gears up for production on her next film, the Caregiver Myth, she is quoted briefly on her caregiving experience in this NYT article by Paula Span, which will also run in the print edition of this Tuesday’s Science Times section. Span writes a regular column on the very important beat of the New Old Age and the unprecedented challenges posed by a rapidly aging population.

Screening at Archcare

Maryann Manelski, the director/producer, of the Secret Maps Project and the cast were in attendance for a screening of the Secret Map of Surviving Loss at Archcare on Manhattan’s Upper East Side hosted by Fr. John Anderson. The crowd stayed for a hour after the showing for a very intimate panel discussion and Q&A, facilitated by Cristina Juvier.

From left to right: Sam Feldman of the National Widowers Organization, Laurence Gewirtz, Diane Brennan of Life & Loss Mental Health Counseling, Willis Partington of Visiting Nurse Service of NY, director Maryann Manelski and Ken Levy.

Secret Maps Project at Nazareth College

We’re very pleased to announce that Nazareth College in Rochester, NY has added the Secret Maps Project to the curricula of its Social Work Department. We hope that the clinicians-in-training at Nazareth get as much out of it as the bereaved people with whom we’ve been sharing the film.

Surviving Suicide Resources

We had a wonderful and intimate screening of the Secret Map of Surviving Loss last night at Archcare on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Afterwards, Cristina Juvier facilitated a good and long panel discussion between those in the film and the crowd. The question of resources for the immediate aftermath for those surviving a suicide arose. We recommend Alliance of Hope and Coping with Suicide Loss from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Clinician Training Edition Releasing November 17

The Secret Maps Project Clinician’s Training Edition will be released on DVD on November 17. Created to meet the educational and clinician’s training needs of Social Work and Psychology departments at colleges and university, the DVD will contain two films:

The 60-minute documentary feature, the Secret Map of Surviving Loss, takes clinicians-in-training through the patient/client’s experience of grief step-by-step as described by the grieving subjects in the film. It also includes light explication by three licensed grief counselors.

The half-hour short film, Good Grieving:  A Guide to Group Facilitation, is a development tool focused on group work that clinicians-in-training may undertake.

Pre-orders can be placed now.  Contact us to schedule a free streaming preview in advance.

October 12, 2015 the Secret Maps Project Street Date

The Secret Maps Project for hospices, bereavement professionals and peer-to-peer facilitators will be releasing on October 12, 2015.

November 10, 2015 NYC Screening

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NOVEMBER 10, 2015 3pm
Archcare Auditorium at the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center
Screening of the Secret Map of Surviving Loss followed by Q&A with the director, Maryann Manelski, and cast including Fr. John Anderson and Diane Brennan of Life & Loss Mental Health Counseling. You must rsvp to nov10rsvp@survivingloss.org to be on the list.