Chinese Americans with limited English proficiency who have lost their loved ones tend to be reluctant to seek bereavement support. Culturally, they are not used to publicly expressing their feelings, let alone in an unfamiliar language. Moreover, the existing main stream's approaches for grief support may not be entirely culturally acceptable for this group of people.
To address the specific needs of this underserved population, Herald Cancer Care Network with the support of several community organizations, will present a series of weekly, 1-hour bereavement educational seminars for Chinese Americans. The educational seminars will be presented in Mandarin by teleconference to callers in the privacy of their own homes. This program is totally free of charge for the participants.
Date/Time: 9/6/2012; 7:30-8:30 pm (Pacific Time)
Location: At the callers home or wherever the caller chooses to make the phone call
Presented in Mandarin, free of charge to participate
Presenter: Blanche Chen, MSW, graduate of the School of Social Work (with emphases on mental health, death and dying, grief and loss counseling), Washington University, St. Louis, MO in 2011. She is a seasoned hospice social worker with 11-years? experience working with terminally ill patients and their family members in hospice organizations in northern California. She has in the past conducted training sessions in dealing with end-of-life care and grief counseling/bereavement support issues. Ms. Chen is currently the clinical supervisor with the Herald Cancer Care Network.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is happy to be a community partner, and hopes that these seminars prove to be helpful for all those who participate.