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A Conversation for Family Caregivers with Dr. Pauline Boss & Kathy Ritchie

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Guilt, Grief, and Guideposts: A Conversation with Dr. Pauline Boss and Kathy Ritchie

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Duet: Partners In Health & Aging is excited to bring to you this virtual family caregiver event.

Speakers: Pauline Boss, PhD, and journalist, Kathy Ritchie

Moderator: Dana Kennedy of AARP Arizona

Dr. Pauline Boss will speak personally and professionally about caregiving during the pandemic. She will discuss guilt, grief, and the added ambiguity from COVID-19 that caused loved ones to die alone - and mourners to grieve alone. No goodbyes, no funerals, no rituals of comfort and support. Dr. Boss will explain why feelings of guilt are likely to be part of a caregiver's normal grief process, offering guideposts for resilience and moving forward despite ambiguous loss. After sharing ideas from her latest book, The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change (to be released in mid-December 2021 by W. W. Norton), Dr. Boss and Ms. Ritchie will welcome questions.

Journalist Kathy Ritchie has appeared with Dr. Boss in past Duet symposiums. The synergy between the two has resonated with the hundreds who have registered for past events. Ms. Ritchie has reported extensively on multiple aspects of caregiving. She’ll share her personal experience caring for her late mother, while Dr. Boss will refer to caring for her late husband.

Respite care reimbursement is available to Arizona residents on a first-come-first-served basis per a generous grant from the Arizona Caregiver Coalition. To determine if you qualify, please call Duet and ask for Deanne Poulos at (602) 274-5022, ext. 115, or email poulos@duetaz.org.

  • The virtual event will take place via Zoom. All participants will receive an email immediately after registering and a reminder the day of the event that will contain the link to join the event.

Our Speakers

Pauline Boss, PhD

Professor Emeritus with the University of Minnesota, Dr. Boss is renowned for her groundbreaking research as a pioneer theorist and clinical practitioner of stress reduction for family caregivers. She offers research-based strategies for managing stress and grief. In cases where we know there is no resolution, she asserts it is more necessary than ever to learn how to find meaning and hope, while being able to live with the uncertainty and acknowledge the reality of the present moment.

Kathy Ritchie

A longstanding journalist, Kathy Ritchie currently is an editor for Next Avenue, a digital publication focusing on the 50 plus demo. Part of the PBS system, Next Avenue allows Ms. Ritchie to continue reporting in the vein of NPR, where she worked as a broadcast reporter for many years. Health, Money, Work & Purpose, Caregiving, Living and Technology comprise the six channels of her current forum.

Moderator

Dana Marie Kennedy

As state director for AARP Arizona, Ms. Kennedy continues to advocate for citizens who are 50 plus. With over 25 years of experience organizing advocacy efforts, she is committed to working on issues involving healthcare, Medicare, Social Security and retirement planning.

About Us

Duet is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote health and well-being through it's vitally needed services to homebound adults, family caregivers, faith communities, and grandfamilies. Duet's vision is a community where every person ages with compassion, dignity, and hope. This event is offered free-of-charge to family caregivers thanks to the generosity of the community. All donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible as allowed by law.

If you are a family caregiver, Duet is here for you. Learn More

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Additional sponsorships are available. For more information, please contact Lori Appleby Hoke at (602) 274-5022, ext. 132, or email applebyhoke@duetaz.org.

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