Silver Springs, Nevada – The featured speaker for the March Healthy Communities Coalition meeting will be well-known, award-winning Pediatric Thanatologist Emilio Parga, Founder and Executive Director of Solace Tree. He’ll speak about creating “grief friendly schools” that are equipped to be supportive of children and teens who are dealing with loss.
When and Where: The public is invited to attend the breakfast meeting on Thursday March 9th, 2017 at 9am at the Silver Springs Community Center.
About Emilio Parga: Emilio Parga is the Founder and Executive Director of The Solace Tree for Grieving Children, Teens, and Adults where he has worked for 14 years. “Based in Reno, Nevada, Solace Tree helps children, teens and adults heal from the loss of a loved one through peer support groups, where death and loss are not taboo topics.” *
Co-founder of four grief centers in Nevada and one in New York, he specializes in explaining death to young children.
Emilio serves as a bereavement consultant to local schools, social services, hospitals, funeral homes, and businesses. He teaches at the University of Nevada, Reno, offering courses such as “Death and Dying – A Life Span Perspective” and “How to Help Children and Teens Cope with Death and Loss.”
He’s conducted grief workshops, presentations, and in-service trainings for the American Counseling Association, Cancer Treatment Centers of American, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
He is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, American Academy of Pediatrics, The National Alliance for Grieving Children, and the American Professional Society of the Abuse of Children.
Emilio Parga is the author of No Child Should Grieve Alone, and several other journals written with children for children. “He teamed up with the Reno PBS affiliate to produce the Solace Tree documentary, You’ll Always Be With Me, a 2011 Silver Communicator Award winner.”*
*Quotes are from https://alumni.phoenix.edu/phoenix-focus/healing-broken-hearts.html