inspiring live webinars: esteemed experts shared wisdom on hope and resilience

In 2021, The Parmenter Foundation hosted two web events, bringing together hundreds of attendees to hear about unique, informative topics.

In May, our first event, “Capturing the Stories of Our Elders – From Hollywood to Our Own Families” featured Tiffany Woolf, seasoned filmmaker, and Noam Dromi, Emmy Award winning writer and producer. Tiffany and Noam are also co-founders of Silver Screen Studios, created to celebrate the stories of elders through film. They shared anecdotes and clips of their projects with such Hollywood icons as Carl Reiner, Larry King, and Marion Ross, and they expounded upon why capturing our senior family members’ stories of hope and resilience can enrich the lives of future generations and help ease our grief when these relatives are no longer with us. Tiffany and Noam also provided unique advice regarding how to gather and develop elder stories, whether you’re on a shoestring budget or interested in a professionally produced film. A replay of this event and related materials are available at: https://parmenterfoundation.org/silverscreen.

During our second live webinar in June, Hope Edelman, bestselling author of Motherless Daughters and The AfterGrief, explained how grief evolves and reemerges over time and through life transitions, shaping our thoughts and behaviors, as well as our identities and personal growth. The webinar was co-hosted with Parmenter by grief expert Jennifer Wiles, Director of renowned MetroWest children’s grief support programs: HEARTplaySM and Camp Erin® Boston, both Parmenter grantees. Jennifer
moderated a panel discussion with Hope and young adults from her HEARTplay family who have experienced significant losses. They told their emotional stories and engaged in moving discussions regarding how their grief has impacted their lives over time. A replay of this event is available at: https://parmenterfoundation.org/hopeedelman

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Clockwise from top left: Webinar host, Parmenter’s Dave Kartunen; filmmakers, Tiffany Woolf and Noam Dromi.

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New York Times best-selling author, Hope Edelman.