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Grief After an Overdose Death: Educational Film & Community Forum

By on November 26, 2019 in Events

The Community Forum is an opportunity for the public to learn about the experience of grief after a loved one dies from an overdose. A new educational film will be shown, titled Among the Many: Wisdom, Companionship, and Hope forThose Who Have Lost a Loved One to Drug Overdose. After the film, there will be a panel discussion, including audience questions. Information will be available about grief suppor resources.

Panelists to include:

  • Franklin Cook of Watertown is a peer grief support advocate who was interviewed in the film. He is a director of SADOD (Support After a Death by Overdose), a statewide project funded by the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.
  • Jeanne Flynn of Bourne who was interviewed in the film about her grief following the death of her son, Brian, in 2015. She facilitates Consoling Partners, a peer grief support group in East Sandwich.
  • Rick Bickford of Marstons Mills is a grief counselor at VNA Hospice of Cape Cod and, with his wife Kerry, co-facilitates nathan’s Circle, a peer grief support group in Hyannis. The Bickford’s son, Nathan, died in 2018.
  • Glen Lord of Nashua, NH, a director of SADOD, will moderate the audience questions.

The forum to be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at Cape Cod Community College (Science Bldg, Lecture Hall A) – Use Parking Lot 7 & 8, 2240 Iyannough Road, Barnstable, MA 02668

To register for the event go to: or for more information contact: [email protected].

This event is hosted by the Cape Cod Community College Student Wellness Office and sponsored by Learn to Cope. Programming is presented by SADOD (Support After a Death by Overdose). Learn To Cope is a non-profit support network that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs.

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