December 18th, 2018
Death is something that we all have to face at some point in our lives. We have systems in place to help us understand and get over a loss. However, some adults feel they must protect others from grief and loss including children, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Some have gone as far to protect people with I/DD from experiencing grieving. Knowing more about the feelings and thoughts that come after the death of someone close to us can help us and the people we support. This presentation will focus on the grief that comes after someone dies and how families can support people with I/DD during the grief process. The presenters will remove any misunderstandings by sharing best practices and methods to support people with I/DD deal with grief and loss.
Mary Anne Tolliver, with a Master’s in Public Administration, has a lifetime of experience providing service to people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. She began her employment with the St. Louis Arc in 1984 as a direct support provider, was promoted into management, and was the Director of Residential Services for nearly 20 years until recently accepting a new position as the Director of Aging Services and Navigator of Residential Supports. Mary Anne has worked to support many individuals who have aged in place, retired, made end of life decisions, lost parents and friends, experienced end stage dementia and others with serious illnesses. She has supported the friends, family and direct support staff of the people who have passed away, and collaborated with medical, hospice, and government entities. Her vast experience has been a beacon of wisdom to lead and guide the direct support staff and managers at the St. Louis Arc in providing quality supports.
Barbara Williams Stewart is a practicing Clinical Social Worker and has been a Professor at Webster University in St. Louis, MO, since 1993. While at Webster University, Barbara implemented services for students with disabilities worldwide. Barbara is the founder of the Belle Center, an early childhood center for children with and without disabilities. The Belle Center is now part of the St. Louis Arc. She has also served as a Deputy Director in the Department of Mental Health. There she helped to develop a family-directed program whereby families were allocated funding that they could utilize as they deemed necessary. At the St. Louis Arc, Barbara conducts support groups for all ages and individual grief counseling sessions.
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