Monroe foundation plans grief awareness open house Feb. 18

Event by Tony Brown Foundation is free to the public

Tony Brown

The late Tony Brown

The Monroe-based Tony Brown Foundation will sponsor a grief awareness open house Monday, Feb. 18 from 2 to 8 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Route 111 and Old Tannery Road, on the Monroe Green.

The event is free and open to anyone wanting to learn how to navigate grief or to help someone else deal with their grief. Attendees will learn about resources available to assist with the grieving process.


Presentations and resources

The Hope, Healing and Friendship open house will include presentations by people active in the grieving field and tables with information, books and DVDs from organizations around the country. Grief professionals will be available to talk one-on-one and answer questions.

There will be musical performances, a relaxation exercise, screening of the short film “How to Walk with the Bereaved,”  discussion about signs from loved ones, and speakers on sudden loss, nutrition and well being, and pro-active grieving.

All materials, books and counseling sessions are offered free, with no donations accepted. Refreshments will be served.


About Tony Brown and the foundation

Tony Brown, a Masuk High School graduate, died at age 24 in 2009 from complications during a hospital procedure. He was an extreme sports enthusiast who hoped to work in the film industry. He died a month short of graduating from Full Sail School in Florida.

A nonprofit foundation was established in his name by his mother, Anne Castaldo, to help families suffering from the loss of a child and to support scholarships in the fields of extreme sports and film.

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Presenters at the open house will include:

—The Compassionate Friends provides comfort, hope and support to families experiencing the death of a son, daughter,  brother, sister or grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Mary Lemley and Claudia Margitay Balogh will represent the organization.

—Heidi Horsley from Open to Hope, the largest online resource center for people who have experienced loss. Horsley, an adjunct professor at Columbia University and author, worked on a study involving 9/11 firefighters’ families.

—Alan and Denise Pedersen will represent Angels Across the USA and Bereaved Parents of the USA. Angels Across the USA sponsors concert and events featuring the music of Alan Pedersen about love, loss and healing.

—Glen and Tanya Lord are founders of the Grief Tool Box, an online resource to help people find the tools needed to work through their grief journey.

—Heartlight Studios is dedicated to Mitch Carmody’s only son, Kelly James Carmody, who died in 1987 of a malignant brain tumor. Carmody, an author, seeks to help those who may find comfort from his artistic creations.

—As a social worker, Andrea Rudolph provides soul coaching and counseling, grief support, and life-affirming rituals through In The Spirit of Life. The goal is to enhance and inspire sacred growth and celebration.

—The ARC Sacred Center in Monroe is a nonprofit spiritual community center that offers a gathering place for spiritual exploration and teaching, freedom of spiritual expression, and healing for the body, mind and soul.

—Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit bereavement camp that focuses on transforming the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver.

—Maria C. Castillo is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker representing Life Between Lives Therapy.


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