Panelists to Provide Insight on Helping the Grieving

Date Posted: 7/27/2016

Clergy and other caregivers have an opportunity to learn from a licensed professional counselor, psychiatrist, funeral home director, hospice chaplain and a child life specialist at an upcoming event centered on handling grief.
In times of deep grief and sadness, even pastors do not have all of the answers.  Knowing this is a deep-rooted, ongoing challenge and ministry opportunity, the Nick Finnegan Counseling Center of St. Luke’s UMC, Houston addresses this topic each year to bring more insight to clergy and other leaders of caring ministries.
One of last year’s attendees shares that the 2015 pastoral luncheon “was very informative. I learned some very valuable information that will assist me in fulfilling my calling at my local church.  More specifically, the speakers revealed some very significant points about mental illness that are helpful to understand.”
The Center’s 2016 panel discussion set for Tuesday, August 30 from noon until 1:30 is designed to equip pastors with ideas to create a road map detailing what to do and where to turn when church members are grieving. Attendees will hear from a panel complete with a licensed professional counselor, psychiatrist, funeral home director, hospice chaplain and a child life specialist.
Meet the Panelists

  •  Audrey Omenson, MA, LPC serves as Clinical Director at Nick Finnegan Counseling Center. She has more than five years of experience helping adults, children, teens and families experiencing a variety of challenges, including but not limited to grief.
  • Jay Tarnow, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist and founder of Tarnow Center for Self-Management. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and of the American Psychiatric Association.
  • Monica Garcia, CCLS is a Certified Child Specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital.
  • Gordon Robertson, LBSW, BCC is a permanent deacon for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, as well as a board-certified chaplain at Houston Hospice. As chaplain with more than 30 years of experience in the area of caring ministry, he primarily works with patients in the last two weeks of life and their family members.
Register by August 20
Register to attend at Cost is $25 and includes lunch and a completion certificate. Childcare is available with reservations via the Center’s website.