Events

Through a New Lens

April 19, 2021 – April 25, 2021, All Day


When life changes suddenly and unexpectedly, we often feel disoriented. Life after the loss of a loved one can be complicated—and the world feels out of focus as we learn how to navigate our new reality. The changes brought by COVID have left many of us feeling even more disconnected and unsteady—and the future looking even more blurry.

What if you were to look at things through a different lens? When our vision has changed, trying on a variety of lenses can help provide focus for the way ahead.


A goal gives you the lens to see the future with clearer vision.
J.R. Rim

Timely New Workshops…Plus Our Valuable Support Groups

Throughout the week, the brand-new Through a New Lens sessions will be intertwined with our existing support group gatherings. You’ll find workshops on:

  • Self-Care that Builds Resilience
  • The Grief Journey: What Changes and What Stays the Same
  • Self-Esteem for Widows
  • How Grief Differs for Men and Women
  • COVID-Specific Well-Care to Manage Stress
  • Dealing with Loss of a Parent
  • …and much more.

We look forward to having you with us as we explore ways to view the grief journey Through a New Lens

“Meet” Our Presenters

We are excited to welcome back our long-time presenters, and we’ve added some new faces, too! The full list, along with bios and workshop descriptions, can be found in the registration.
» We invite you to learn more about them.

Eve BuccaEve Bucca

Carole ChisholmCarole Chisholm

Stephanie HeitkemperStephanie Heitkemper

Michele Neff HernandezMichele Neff Hernandez

Carrie JacksonCarrie Jackson

Tenelle JonesTenelle Jones

Angela MorelandAngela Moreland

Joanne SteenJoanne Steen

Vickie TaylorVickie Taylor

Laurel Van AukenLaurel Van Auken

Sessions are scheduled for weeknights plus Saturday and Sunday. Interspersed throughout the week will be our existing facilitated support group, peer support, and Men Forging Ahead. We invite you to attend as many or as few sessions as you like.

And if you can, please be sure to join us on Sunday for “That’s a Wrap!” The closing gathering will offer a chance to unwind, chat casually, and even enjoy some fun and games. There will be prizes!


The lens we choose transforms the way we look at things.
Dewitt Jones

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend?

Fire Hero Family members of firefighters honored (or approved to be honored) at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

What does it cost?

This event is free to eligible family members.

Do I have to attend all the sessions?

No! Come to as many or as few sessions as you’d like.

Do I have to register for this event?

Yes. This helps us plan for facilitators, breakout groups, etc. Registration will open in March.

I’m shy. Do I have to talk?

No! You are welcome to come and listen.

Are these just going to be sessions where someone is talking the whole time?

No! There will be some sessions that encourage open discussion and socializing.

Will these sessions be recorded so I can watch them later?

Some presentations will be recorded and posted for later viewing. Interactive sessions will not be recorded.

For more information, please contact Jenny Woodall at jwoodall@firehero.org.


If you have never used Zoom before or you feel overwhelmed or nervous just thinking about it, we are happy to set up a one-on-one practice session before the event!