Thanatology

Osmer Honored with Thanatology Award

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Samantha Osner with Thanatology program director Elizabeth MacDougall and Hood president Ron Volpe

Samantha Osmer with Thanatology program director Elizabeth MacDougall and Hood president Ron Volpe

Samantha Osmer came to study Thanatology at Hood curious about grief — particularly from pet loss — wanting to understand why it can be so painful and so difficult to find guidance for navigating the grief one feels when a pet dies.

At graduation in May 2015, she received the Donna Mowry ’98, M.A. ’07 Thanatology Award for 2015. This monetary award is given annually to a female Thanatology graduate student who makes a significant contribution to the field,  through research, practice, volunteerism, or the like.

At the same time she was studying at Hood, Samantha completed the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement’s counseling course. She also volunteered in the emergency department at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School’s small animal hospital . There, she saw first hand the difficulty pet owners have grappling with both the emotional and financial burdens that come with a pet’s health crisis.

As Samantha progressed through her courses she learned that the emotional processes experienced in pet loss are remarkably similar to those that result from the death of a close human friend or family member. A pivotal assignment for Samantha was her final paper for the Professional Orientation in Thanatology course for which she researched and wrote about the emergence of veterinary hospice, an option not yet widely available but one that can provide both animals and their people with the supports they need. Paper submitted, Samantha then headed for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, where she took part in a course to provide coping strategies for those who work in animal rescue.

Samantha is now working with her local Bucks County, Pennsylvania, emergency veterinary hospital to provide crisis support and grief counseling on a volunteer basis. She is also an active member of Death Cafe in Philadelphia that she plans soon to branch out.

Alums Forge Careers in Thanatology Field

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Lynne Tobin

Lynne Tobin

Andrea Warnick

Thanatology students Lynne Tobin and Andrea Warnick left Hood with a commitment to making a difference in how people think, feel and communicate about death and dying.

Today, Lynne is a private-practice  licensed professional counselor based in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. She works with individuals and families during “end-of-life” journeys, facilitates group discussions and advocates for patient-directed care in the state legislature.

Andrea, who holds a master’s in Thanatology and is also an R.N., specializes is helping children who are experiencing the illness or death of a loved one. Based in Toronto, Canada, she counsels in person as well as via webinars, phone and Skype and is also a sought-after speaker.

Learn more about these alums.

March 23: Grief Session for Hood Students

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Grief candlesHood College undergraduate and graduate students who are coping with the death of a loved one have an opportunity to receive support from graduate students in the Thanatology program. They will provide a guided grief support session on Monday, March 23, 8 until 9:30 p.m. in the Thanatology Library (Rosenstock 1).

The free session is sponsored by the Hood College Department of Psychology and the Office of the Dean of the Chapel. For more information, please email Beverly at graftonwv@yahoo.com.

Author of “Motherless Daughters” to Speak at Hood March 2

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Hope EdelmanHope Edelman, the acclaimed author of Motherless Daughters and Motherless Mothers, will be the guest lecturer for this year’s Dana G. Cable Memorial Thanatology Lecture Series at Hood College.  Ms. Edelman’s topic is “Motherless Daughters: Twenty Years Later.”

The lecture will be held Monday, March 2, 7 pm, in Hodson Auditorium at Rosenstock Hall on Hood’s campus. A Q&A session will follow Ms. Edelman’s remarks. Admission is free.

A sought-after speaker, Hope Edelman presents around the world and has appeared on television programs such as TodayGood Morning America, CNN and Good Morning Australia. She has written six books and has been published in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles TimesThe Huffington Post, Glamour, Child, and Real Simple, among other publications

The lecture series is named in honor of Dana Cable, former professor of psychology at Hood who passed away in 2010.

Reception for All New Students: August 20

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All students who are new to the Hood Graduate School for the Fall 2014 semester are invited to an orientation on Wednesday, August 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The informal welcome reception, to be held at Whitaker Campus Center, will provide an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and fellow students.

The agenda includes a campus tour, introduction to the bookstore and Apple computer lab, a welcome from Graduate School Dean Dr. Maria Green Cowles, and dinner with the program directors. Get the complete agenda and then RSVP here 

Death Cafe’ Enlightens Thanatology Student

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Nikki MoberlyNikki Moberly is an executive with Cisco, a hospice volunteer and bereavement team member. In her spare time she serves on the board of contributors for the Frederick News-Post and is a Thanatology student at Hood’s Graduate School.

In a recent FNP column, Nikki described her experience as a participant in the Death Cafe’ led by fellow Thanatology students Kriste Kidd and Bunny O’Dell (see this post).  As Nikki explains, “In my column, I like to focus on life — and death is certainly a part of life. To me, it’s really about learning to find joy in unexpected places, to find hope when apparently there is none.” Find out more about Nikki’s Death Cafe takeaways and observations here.

Thanatology Students and Adjunct Hold Death Cafe

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Kriste Kidd

Kriste Kidd
Photo by Graham Cullen
Frederick News-Post

Kriste Kidd, a hospice worker and student in the thanatology master’s program at Hood College, worked with her colleagues to bring Frederick its first Death Cafe on June 7. The informal discussion group covered everything from last wills and estate planning to healthy ways to deal with grief.

Kriste stated that the Death Cafe concept started in England and has now arrived in the United States. “Death is the most important conversation that America’s not having.”

Two other thanatology students, Bunny O’Dell and Chad Harris, as well as adjunct professor Cheryl Parrott joined Kriste in planning and facilitating the informational event. Read more here

 

 

Alum Publishes Book and Opens Yoga Practice

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Graduate School alum Heather Stang has had a busy spring. Just after her first book, Mindfulness & Grief, was released, the certified Phoenix Rising yoga therapy instructor opened heather stang cropThe Frederick Meditation Center in downtown Frederick, Maryland.  Heather earned her master’s degree in Thanatology from Hood, a course of study she says “actually makes you appreciate life more.” Read more about Heather and her new ventures in the Frederick News-Post  and on the Meditation Center’s website.

Thanatology Program Makes the News

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The Frederick News-Post featured several graduates, current students and faculty of the Graduate School’s Thanatology program in its April/May edition of Real Frederick. The in-depth story covered the experiences and unique viewpoints of Kriste Hartman Kidd, Jacqui Kreh, Kathleen Hall, Bunny O’Dell and professor Terry Martin.  It also recognizes Dr. Dana Cable for offering one of the first classes in the thanatology field at Hood. Read the full story.

Thanatology Staff and Students at ADEC Conference

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The Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) annual conference is being held at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in downtown Baltimore April 24-26, 2014. 

Hood faculty and current Thanatology graduate students will present at the conference, including Dr. Terry Martin, Dr. Elizabeth MacDougall, Breanne Carbaugh, and RaeAnne Wiseman.  Dr. Rebecca Morse, graduate of  the Thantatology master’s degree program and adjunct faculty member in the psychology department, is organizing an event for Hood College Thanatology alumni during the conference. Rebecca currently serves on the ADEC board of directors. The Graduate School will have an exhibit  at the conference to spread the word about this dynamic graduate program. 

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