Turning Grief Into Healing: A Panel Discussion


with Sam Feldman & Fred Spero

- Saturday, June 18th, 3:30-5:30pm

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts & Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery bring you a memorable panel discussion about life and loss with Sam Feldman, Chairman & Founder, and Fred Spero, Executive Director, of the National Widowers Organization. Panel will be moderated by Shanti Norris, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Smith Center.

This special event will leave the audience with inspiration, insight and a joy for life! White wine will be served and this program is free and open to the public.
Please put this wonderful event in your calendar and enjoy the art and conversation.

Sam Feldman was the loving husband of artist Gretchen Feldman, whose exhibit, The Healing Studio is displayed at Joan Hisaoka Gallery though July 15.
The Healing Studio is the first annual exhbition at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery to focus on an artist or artists' visual response to living with cancer. Smith Center is the only independent cancer support organization serving the population of DC. The mission of the gallery is to raise awareness of the power of the arts in our life to explore the innate connection between art and healing.

This panel is presented in conjunction with the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery Exhibition: Gretchen Feldman, The Healing Studio, on display from June 3 - July 15, 2016.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.


About National Widowers Association

The National Widowers’ Organization is registered as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. With a core group of men and women who have a deep personal desire to help others, the Board of Directors brings a passionate commitment to the organization’s mission. The organization was founded by Sam Feldman whose wife of 53 years, Gretchen, lost her year-long battle with cancer. Finding himself reluctant to share his innermost feelings of sadness in mixed gender bereavement groups, and discovering many other widowers feel the same, he started a men-only group on Martha’s Vineyard. When he further researched, he found that there is a paucity of men’s groups focusing on bereavement and, drawing on his many years as an entrepreneur, established the National Widowers’ Organization, with a strong board of directors and some start-up funding. Dr. George Cohn, a noted psychiatrist who served on the Board of Directors for America’s first Hospice in New Haven, Connecticut, joined the board and serves as a consultant mental health professional.

The National Widowers’ Organization educates the public about the special needs of men who have lost their spouse or life partner by promoting the development of support groups for men to manage their grief and adjust to a new life and by advocating for research into mens unique needs to deal with grief and spousal loss.

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