2019 Parents and Siblings Retreat

February 17, 2019 – February 20, 2019, All Day

Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center – 300 E. 4th Street, Austin, TX
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2019 Parents and Siblings Retreat

Open to parents and siblings of fallen firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland, the 2019 Parents and Siblings Retreat will focus on the unique issues that come with grieving the death of an adult child or sibling, how the death impacts family relationships and traditions, and the positive effects of self-care after loss.

A great program is planned for parents and siblings of fallen firefighters from across the country to engage in activities that will strengthen your abilities to heal. The retreat will begin with a welcome dinner reception on Sunday, February 17. Monday and Tuesday will include engaging workshops and open discussions, as well as opportunities to connect with other parents and siblings.

Registration for this event is now closed.

About the Facilitators

Vickie Taylor

Vickie Taylor

Vickie Taylor, LCSW, has served the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation since its inception as a trainer, behavioral health consultant, and coordinator of the NFFF Memorial Weekend Family Day activities. She has provided behavioral health consultation to Prince William County, Virginia, public safety agencies since 1985. She is currently the director of the Prince William Public Safety Resilience Center, a full-service counseling center dedicated to public safety personnel who are employed in Prince William County.

Vicki Scalzitti

Vicki Scalzitti

Vicki Scalzitti, a bereaved mother and educator, has worked with grieving children and families for 27 years as the coordinator of the Good Mourning Program for Children, Teens and Families, Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, Mt. Prospect, Illinois. She is a specialist in traumatic loss and grief within the school system. In addition, Vicki has presented on loss-related issues at the local, regional, and national level for The Compassionate Friends, Bereaved Parents USA, the International Death, Grief and Bereavement Conference (University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse), and previous National Fallen Firefighters Foundation conferences. She is the author of The Road to Good Mourning and co-author of 10 Steps for Parenting Your Grieving Children.


Travel, Lodging, and Expenses

The Retreat will be held at the Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center in downtown Austin. The NFFF will reserve and pay for 3 nights lodging beginning Sunday, February 17 and reimburse your travel expenses up to $300 (airfare or mileage) after your participation in the retreat. Meals will be provided, except for, Monday night’s dinner. This is your opportunity to spend time with other conference participants and enjoy a bit of Austin’s lively downtown.

Please plan to arrive by 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 17 to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). Airport shuttles to the hotel will run at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. If Please arrange your return flight from AUS to depart between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on Wednesday, February 20. If you extending your stay in the Austin area before or after the Retreat, you are responsible for arranging all lodging and travel that falls outside these parameters.

All lodging will be reserved through a rooming list provided to the Courtyard by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Once you register, we will book your room directly.

For more information about the 2019 Parents and Siblings Retreat, please contact Beverly Donlon at (301) 447-1603.