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Understanding Grief 2

The EPCALM Adult Leukemia Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (EPCALM), is a provider of personalized, practical and family-oriented support for patients journeying through leukemia. As such, EPCALM once again is holding its grief conference series entitled UNDERSTANDING GRIEF 2: A Grief Management Conference,  as part of the series of benefit events in May, 2014 dubbed: DGTE Bound The Journey to Wholeness.

Recognizing the grief that patients and their families go through as they live with leukemia, as well as all the tragedies that recently visited the Visayas, EPCALM acknowledges the need to enlarge and deepen both the understanding and management of grief through a comprehensively designed and focused seminar. 

Mel EricksonMain Speaker: Ms. Mel Erickson, BA – Managing Director and Co-Founder of GriefWorks, a U.S. – based bereavement resource for education and support, will be the main curriculum director and speaker.

Boy AbundaInspirational Speaker: Mr. Boy Abunda – award-winning television host, publicist, talent manager and celebrity endorser, will be our guest speaker, to complement Ms. Erickson and other facilitators.

The seminar modules have been specially designed for a wide variety of health care providers, social workers, counselors, church workers, and development workers from government and non-government organizations.

As such, we invite you to join this seminar, which will help you understand the grief process and how to manage and deal with it. 



Welcome to the official site of EPCALM’s Grief Management Conference!

Grief is almost synonymous to losing someone. It always connotes sadness as a response to a situation of loss.  Be it a loved one or a friend, a job or something to which some form of attachment has been made or sealed, or even a calamity.
Grief is universal and it is definitely multi-faceted. Although it is commonly associated with the emotional dimension of life, it is also very much related to the physical, cognitive, behavioral,  social and philosophical realms.
The grief response of Filipinos can be very much dictated by our culture.   Talking about grief is even regarded at times as  a taboo and asking for help can be embarrassing. So the grieving person is forced to keep the pain and the hurt deep inside without processing it at all.
Unprocessed grief can be dangerous and devastating. Many times this grief is expressed in destructive ways that ends up in a tangled web of grief within the closest of friends, family members and co-workers.
Recognizing that indeed grief is part of life and needs to be addressed, EPCALM brings the first if its kind to the Philippines…
UNDERSTANDING GRIEF – The Healing Journey is meant to help us Filipino’s process grief.
This will be the start of a successive series of grief seminars in the country through the help of US based as well as local experts on the process of grief.