Health | Wellness,
Port Townsend writer Sheila Bender, whose many published books include writing as a way to express and heal one's grief, will be the keynote speaker at Providence Hospice of Seattle's 14th annual Pediatric Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.
Bender founded WritingItReal.com in 2002 in honor of her son as a way to help people who want to write from life experience. Her memoir, A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief, chronicles how reading and writing poetry helped her cope after the loss of her 25-year-old son and find a way to live with love in his spirit.
Bender's many instructional books on writing, published by small presses as well as McGraw-Hill and Writer's Digest Books, include Creative Writing DeMystified and Writing and Publishing the Personal Essay. A poetry collection, Behind Us the Way Grows Wider, and a digital book entitled Sorrow's Words: Writing Exercises to Heal Grief, have garnered attention from Seattle University, where Bender is a 2013 distinguished guest lecturer, and other programs involved with writing and spirituality. In Port Townsend Bender hosts KPTZ's radio program, "In Conversation with Sheila Bender: Discussions on Writing and the Writing Life."
KING-5 TV news anchor Dennis Bounds will emcee the luncheon. Proceeds will benefit Providence Hospice of Seattle's children's hospice and palliative care program and children's grief support program.
"Thousands of terminally ill and grieving children in King County have received care over the last 13 years because of this lunch. I know this year's event will continue this important legacy," said Gary Crum, director of the Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation.
Doors open for the event at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins promptly at noon. Participants will not be charged for lunch, but a $150 donation is requested. Funds raised will be used to help seriously ill and grieving children get the care they deserve, regardless of their financial circumstances.
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Free, but $150 donation suggested.