Sweet Pea Project Presents Coffee & Conversation with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

Sweet Pea Project Presents Coffee & Conversation with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

Local nonprofit organization Sweet Pea Project is inviting bereaved family members to join them in the Mulberry Ballroom at downtown Lancaster's Mulberry Art Studios on Wednesday, April 6th from 6:30pm until 8pm to enjoy coffee and desserts prepared by the Master Chefs of Rettew's Catering and hear the MISS Foundation's Dr. Joanne Cacciatore speak about grieving mindfully.

Seating is limited and registration is required. Please email Stephanie@sweetpeaproject.org to reserve your spot. Registration will end on March 25, as long as seats are available. There is no charge to attend this event. As always, donations are greatly appreciated so that we may continue to serve our community's grieving families. 

Dr. Joanne Cacciator is the founder of MISS Foundation and the Center for Loss and Trauma.  Dr. Cacciatore specializes in counseling those affected by traumatic losses, most often the death of a child.  She is Board Certified in Bereavement Trauma by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the National Center for Crisis Management.  She is also Board Certified through the American Psychotherapy Association.  She is a Fellow in Thanatology and an Assistant Professor and researcher at Arizona State University.  Dr. Cacciatore is an acclaimed public speaker and is regarded as an expert in traumatic loss and child death in families.  She has been counseling and aiding individuals and families since 1996 and her research has been published in many peer reviewed journals.  Her life changed profoundly in 1994 when her infant daughter, Cheyenne, died.  Dr. Cacciatore will be speaking earlier that day to students and professionals at Penn State University's York Campus before heading to MA to teach at MIT.  More information on Dr. Cacciatore can be found online at www.centerforlossandtrauma.com and www.missfoundation.org.

Sweet Pea Project was established in January 2009 by a Lancaster County mother after the stillbirth of her first child.  Sweet Pea Project offers comfort, support and gentle guidance to families who have experienced the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth.  Sweet Pea Project donates blankets to hospitals so that new moms are given a special blanket to swaddle their stillborn baby.  In the first two years, over 1500 blankets were donated to hospitals across the country.  A new book donation program was added in 2010 after the publication of founder Stephanie Paige Cole's book, Still.  Sweet Pea Project has donated 200 books to hospitals and bereavement organizations in 2011 alone.  Sweet Pea Project founding board members include Cole's husband, Richard Cole, as well as fellow mothers Beth Gauthier, Nicole Jackson and Simone Lee.  To learn more about this important project please visit www.sweetpeaproject.org.


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