PITTSBURGH, July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Who? Terese Vorsheck is the director of the Highmark Caring Place, a center for grieving children, adolescents and their families. In this role, Ms. Vorsheck is responsible for directing the strategies, initiatives, services, and programs of the Caring Place including: - Peer Support Groups for Grieving Children and Families - Referral Services for Grieving Families - Professional Consultation and Training Programs - Community Outreach and Awareness Strategies - Volunteer Partnership Initiative (Recruitment, Training and Maintenance) - Education on Grief and Child Development for Families - Special Family Programming - Model Replication Why? Ms. Vorsheck is available to speak with parents and children, as well as the media, on how to cope with feelings of grief and loss. This is a particularly timely issue with the release of the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows scheduled for release this Saturday, July 21, 2007. Recent articles have sparked rumors suggesting that one or more main characters will die. This could have a serious impact on children, millions of whom have grown up reading, watching and profoundly enjoying the characters and storylines of the Harry Potter series. As the world comes to terms with the possible demise of a hero, The Highmark Caring Place and Ms. Vorsheck will share insights helping children and parents to cope with some of life's most difficult challenges. When and Where? Ms. Vorsheck is available to speak to media any time Friday, July 20, 2007 through Thursday, July 26, 2007. Ms. Vorsheck will be located at one of the three Caring Place locations, in Erie, Harrisburg or Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Print, broadcast and online interviews can be arranged. About The Caring Place The Highmark Caring Place, A center for grieving children, adolescents, and their families, provides peer support groups, referral services, adult telephone support, and educational programs and resources for grieving children and families. In addition, consultation services, as well as educational presentations and resources are available for schools and other professionals in the community who work with children. The Highmark Caring Place is a community resource, offering services at no charge to any grieving family in the community. The Caring Place: - Helps children know they're not alone in their grief. - Provides peer support to children and families who are grieving the death of a loved one. - Provides a safe place with safe people so that the children can share their grief, their feelings, and their memories. - Is a place where grieving children and families receive support and encouragement from others their age, and from trained adult volunteers. - Helps children build and keep memories of the person who died. - Encourages children to express their feelings, memories and thoughts, even when these are difficult to express. The Highmark Caring Place operates three facilities, located in Pittsburgh, Erie and Central Pennsylvania, but shares resources nationally on its website www.highmark.com. Since the opening of the Caring Place in 1997, the program has served more than 10,000 family members and community partners. For more information about the Highmark Caring Place, contact 1-866-613-HOPE (4673) or visit www.highmarkcaringplace.com.
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