Author: lorihedderman

Lori A. Hedderman, M.Ed., N.C.C., L.P.C., is a certified school counselor who works with children and their families in the public school system. Her work brings her into contact with many students who are losing a parent or loved one due to illness. She conducts bereavement groups and counsels individuals who have experienced losses. She also facilitates a support group for children whose parents have cancer or other serious illnesses.
She is trained in both crisis intervention and disaster mental health and responds to traumatic events in her role as a crisis team member for her school. As a former American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team Member, she was deployed to Mississippi during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, where she worked to console and to assist hundreds of victims who were grieving the loss of loved ones.
She resides in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, Tony, and her son, Connor.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance interviews former Olympic Gold Gymnast Shannon Miller About Her Battle with Ovarian Cancer

To follow up on previous posts on my risk of ovarian cancer, I was asked by Heather Von St. James to help spread the word on this cancer that is commonly (and rightfully) called the “silent killer”. The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance did an interview with former Olympic gymnast, Shannon Miller, on her recent battle with …

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Breaking The News To Your Children- Part 2

I like the “Four T’s” approach to helping a grieving child:  Talk, Touch, Tears, and Time.[1] Talk: Remember that “talking” includes a lot of “listening” too. Touch: Hug your children often.  Showing affection aids healing.  Some children may become more affectionate.  However, if they do not wish to be touched, respect their space and let …

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