Mary E. Plouffe - "I Know It in My Heart"

Mary E. Plouffe discusses I Know It in My Heart: Walking through Grief with a Child. She will be joined in conversation by Judith Schiffman.

Presented in partnership with Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center

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About the book: When Mary Plouffe’s sister, Martha, decided to try one last, risky-but-promising treatment for breast cancer, Mary assumed care of Martha’s three year old daughter, Liamarie. But a three-week visit grew into months, while the treatment they hoped would extend Martha’s life took it instead. 

I Know It in My Heart: Walking through Grief with a Child (She Writes Press | May 2, 2017 | 16.95) is the story of one loving sister, a motherless child, and a terrified father facing unimaginable loss together. 

Told by Plouffe—a grieving sister who is also a psychologist with thirty-five years experience in child/adult therapy—the story is more than a memoir; it is an exploration of childhood and adult grief that ultimately displays the healing power of love and family. Parents, therapists, and anyone else who wants to understand loss though the eyes of a child will find useful information here for guiding children through tragedy, and understanding how loss impacts them as they grow.

Raw, beautiful, and ultimately hopeful, I Know It in My Heart highlights the resilience of children, while partnering with the wounded parent/ caretaker struggling with their own grief. Narrated with professional wisdom steeped in personal pain, I Know It in My Heart brings us all a step closer to understanding, resilience, and healing.

About Mary E. Plouffe: Mary E. Plouffe, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with thirty-five years of experience as a clinician, teacher, and consultant. She has served on the faculty of Maine Medical Center psychiatry residency training program, the Maine Board of Examiners, and The Collaborative School, and has provided consultation to schools and courts. Her essays have been published by NPR, On the Issues Magazine, Brain, Child Magazine, Survivor Review, and Mothers Always Write.

About Judith Schiffman: Judith Schiffman, LCSW, is the Director of the Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern University where she was assistant director of the Genetic Counseling Program for over twenty years. During her career she has devoted hundreds of hours to direct clinical work with children and families. For the last ten years, Ms. Schiffman has also served as co-director of the Institute’s Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program. She has lectured extensively and published articles. For more information about Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center, visit: BarrHarris.org

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Seminary Co-op Bookstore
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