FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: April 17, 2003

Contact: Dr. Carolyn Peck

Phone: 206-7577



Workshop at UIS will focus on death, grief, loss



SPRINGFIELD -- A workshop on death, grief, and loss will be given by professional gerontologist Dr. Carolyn A. Peck from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The public is invited to attend the workshop in conference room H, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center.

The event, sponsored by UIS’ Department of Human Services and the UIS Counseling Center, will provide information and examples of the realities of death, grief, and loss as a result of relationships with friends, colleagues, and family members. Dr. Peck, assistant professor of human services, will identify the physical, psychological, and sociological components of those experiences and discuss how they are related to both the dying individual and his/her caregivers.

“During these difficult times, we often feel at a loss as to what to say or how to comfort those that we love,” said Dr. Peck. “The workshop will provide and discuss examples of how we can be supportive.”

Before beginning her teaching career at UIS last fall, Dr. Peck lived in Oklahoma City, where she was director of bereavement counseling with Hospice of Oklahoma County. She worked as a counselor to medical rescue personnel following the Oklahoma City bombing, and teaches death and dying to U.S. military officers in Europe.