“Finding Your Way Along the Long Arc of Loss” with Hope Edelman

Sponsored by HEARTplaySM and The Parmenter Foundation 

Thank you to those who were able to join us for our live web event on June 24th. If you missed it or would like to enjoy it again, please click above to watch the replay.

In this live web event, Hope Edelman, New York Times bestselling author of Motherless Daughters and her new book The AfterGrief, talks about how grief evolves and reemerges over time and through life transitions, shaping our thoughts and behaviors, as well as our identities and personal growth. Hope reads excerpts from her book and leads a panel discussion regarding the long-term grieving process, with teens and parents who have experienced a significant loss. The webinar is hosted by grief expert Jennifer Wiles, Director of renowned MetroWest children’s grief support programs: HEARTplay and Camp Erin® Boston, and the event is moderated by Emmy award-winning journalist, Dave Kartunen, of The Parmenter Foundation.



Hope Edelman has been writing, speaking, and leading workshops and retreats in the bereavement field for more than 25 years. She was 17 when she lost her mother to breast cancer and 40 when her father died, events that inspired her to offer grief education and support to those who cannot otherwise receive it.

Hope’s first book, Motherless Daughters, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and appeared on multiple bestseller lists worldwide. Hope’s most recent book, The AfterGrief, offers an innovative new language for discussing the long arc of loss. She has published six additional books, including Motherless Mothers and the memoir, The Possibility of Everything. Her work has been translated into 14 languages and published in 11 countries.

Hope has also published articles and essays in numerous publications and anthologies, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Real Simple, Parade, and CNN.com. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. She is a certified Martha Beck Life Coach and has also done certificate training in narrative therapy.



Jennifer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. Jennifer has served as the director of the HEARTplay program and Camp Erin Boston for the past eight years. Under Jennifer's direction, HEARTplay has expanded significantly; bringing her award winning programs east to serve more grieving children. She is on the adjunct faculty of Lesley University's Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, and an approved site supervisor for their Field Training Program.




Dave Kartunen

Dave Kartunen is a national award winning journalist who serves as a media consultant to The Parmenter Foundation and other mission-driven organizations. His broadcast career focused on politics, breaking national news and investigations into government corruption, including as an anchor at WHDH-TV in Boston. He was honored with the 2016 National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuing coverage of brutal conditions inside a Georgia jail and the 2013 Southeast Regional Emmy® Award for continuing coverage of implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He lives in Sudbury, MA with his wife and two sons.