(Courtesy of Stamford Chevra Kadisha) The Stamford Chevra Kadisha is proud to sponsor an important program for the entire community, “Beyond Burial and Shiva: The Psychological Effects of Losing a Loved One.”
It will be held on Sunday evening, September 15, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Temple Beth El.
The featured speaker will be Dr. David Pelcovitz, a psychologist with a strong background on bereavement and trauma. Some of the issues that Dr. Pelcovitz will address in his talk are the psychological benefits of the mourning process…sibling relationships before and after a parent’s death…getting back to day-to-day activities after the shiva…healing the pain of a loss with time…learning lessons from our Biblical characters about losing a loved one…caring for a parent after the loss of another parent…and making yahrzeit observances more meaningful.
Dr. David Pelcovitz holds the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Psychology and Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University. In addition, Dr. Pelcovitz is an instructor in pastoral counseling at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Dr. Pelcovitz, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, has published and lectured extensively on a variety of topics, including coping with trauma and loss.
The program will be co-sponsored by Congregation Agudath Sholom, the Young Israel of Stamford; Temple Beth El; Chabad of Stamford; Temple Sinai; Chavurat Aytz Chayim; Schoke Jewish Family Service of Stamford; the Jewish Community Center; and the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien.
The program is free and open to the entire community. Light refreshments will be served.