International Overdose Awareness Day

Always held on August 31, the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss offers a commemorative event each year. We bring people together to reduce the stigma and provide a day of healing for this type of loss. This year’s event will be held virtually.

Dr. Mitchell Crawford will share his personal story about the death of his younger sister due to a heroin overdose and talk about his current position as the Director of Addiction Services for WellSpan Philhaven.

During the program Pathways Children’s Grief counselors will virtually meet separately with children ages 5-13 to make a commemorative tile. If children will attend, adults need to pick up the supplies for their craft activity by Friday August 28 at the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss (two story building), 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, PA between 8 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. If children attend they must be old enough to use Sharpies without supervision and the family would need two devices (smart phone, computer, iPad) and a good internet connection.

Have a candle and matches handy for our opening and closing moments of remembrance.

Monday, August 31, 2020
7:00 p.m. – Opening Remarks and Candle Lighting
7:10 p.m. – Children break out separately to make a commemorative tile. Dr. Mitchell Crawford “Overdose: Finding Your Path After Tragedy”
7:30 p.m. – Questions & Answers
8:00 p.m. – Closing Memorial

Registration deadline: August 27, 2020. No charge, but space is limited.

Meet Our Speaker:
Dr. Mitchell Crawford was born and raised in Lancaster, PA and has returned to the region to serve as the Director of Addiction Services for WellSpan Philhaven. He completed his psychiatry residency training at Harvard and focused his training on the treatment of addictions. He has published journal articles, a book chapter, held leadership positions, given grand rounds and presented at various levels of meetings, including at the national level, on topics in the field of addictions.

Join our closed Facebook group, H.E.R.O. (Heal, Endure, Restore after Overdose) to connect with others who are grieving this type of loss. You will be prompted to answer three questions before being accepted in this private group.


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