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Survivor Wellness Conference promotes better quality of life

Survivor Wellness Conference promotes better quality of life


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In May, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation hosted a Survivor Wellness Conference in Portland, Oregon. The conference opened with a keynote by Donna Schuurman, Executive Director emeritus of the Dougy Center, one of the first grief centers for children in the U.S. Donna’s topic was “10 Things to Know About Successful Self-Care,” and she did a masterful job of weaving stories from decades of work with grieving people into her talk. This conference focused on self-care during grief and included sessions about physical, mental, and emotional health.

Participants shared time together in a peaceful riverfront location, enjoying opportunities for exercise, shared meals, and informal conversations. Many chose to extend their stay in order to explore the Portland area or to venture further along the West Coast. Our hope is that each participant left with tools to help them take action on their own behalf in order to create a better quality of life.

Comments from Participants

“I took something new from each element of the conference.”

“Thanks for the great weekend. It was definitely worth the trip from the East Coast!”

“I enjoyed being able to meet NFFF staff and other survivors near to my timeframe and also ones much further out. The nearer ones let me know I’m ‘normal,’ and the ones further out let me know there’s hope.”

Save the Date! May 7-9, 2017, Charleston, SC
2017 Survivors Wellness Conference for Spouses, life partners, parents, adult children and siblings of fallen firefighters