Listening with warmth and acceptance is one of the greatest gifts we can give someone. We will explore what it means to be a comforting presence with current research on grief, empathy and social support, and discuss helpful ways to reach out to those in distress. This program will increase our understanding of how to use words of comfort (what to say and what not to say), as well as how to create comfort with acts of kindness and keeping our word.
Val Walker holds a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and has facilitated support groups for eighteen years. She currently works in Boston with elders in memory care programs as an activities specialist. She is the author of The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for People in Distress (Penguin, 2010), and has contributed to AARP Bulletin, TIME, Good Housekeeping, Whole Living, and Coping with Cancer Magazine. She is now a featured contributor to the Health Story Collaborative and The Stories Between. Keep up with Val at www.theArtofComforting.com