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Dave Roberts
Dave Roberts

David J. Roberts, LMSW, CASAC, became a parent who experienced the death of a child, after his daughter Jeannine died of cancer on 3/1/03 at the age of 18. He is a retired addiction professional and is also an adjunct professor in the psychology and psychology-child life departments at Utica College, Utica, New York. Mr. Roberts also developed a topics course on Parental Bereavement issues, and has taught a Death, Dying and Bereavement course for Utica College. He is a volunteer for Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc, in New Hartford, New York and a member of the All Inclusive Care for Children Coalition.

Dave presented training programs to members of the Greater Upstate New York Chapter of the Association for Death and Education Counseling in both 2007 and 2009. Dave also presented workshops at national conferences of The Compassionate Friends, from 2008 through 2011 and at the 2009 , 2011 and 2012 national gatherings of the Bereaved Parents of The USA. Dave was also the opening keynote speaker at the 2011 national gathering of the Bereaved Parents of the USA.

Dave has published articles in Living With Loss Magazine, Hello Grief, Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, We Need Not Walk Alone, the national magazine of The Compassionate Friends, The Grief Toolbox and Recovering the Self Journal. He has co-authored two books with Linda Findlay of Mourning Discoveries. One is on navigating grief during the holidays and the other is on pet loss. Dave is a contributing writer for the Open to Hope Foundation.  Dave has also appeared on Healing the Grieving Heart and the Ron Villano show.

What people are saying:

I’ve already gotten my two holiday books, one for me and one for a friend. I love it! The very first pages of the introduction resounded with me and my grief journey, five years out. Reading the book is kind of like having a discussion and hearing about all different types of grief experiences.
- Liz Boenig, TX
The fact that Dave is a bereaved parent brings a great deal of first-hand knowledge that we benefited from. An informative and amazing session!
- Anonymous, NY