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  Whether a loss of a spouse is through death or divorce, it is a painful process and life transition. The Office of Family Ministry is pleased to offer a day of encouragement and support for those who are divorced or widowed. This year’s conference, Transforming Loss and Wounds into Hope and Healing, will help you better understand grief and the intense emotions that may accompany it. The goal of this day is to help you to move forward towards healing. During the day there will be opportunities to give and receive support from other grievers, and participate in a healing ritual.
  Our speaker for the day is Tom Barkauskas. Tom is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been providing counseling services for over 30 years to all ages. For many years he found a special niche in hospice work where he became the Director of Social Services. Last year Tom returned to his mental health roots and is now engaging in an outpatient private practice in Aurora and Yorkville, IL.
  The conference day begins with a 9:00 a.m. check-in at the Joliet Diocesan Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill, and concludes with a Vigil Mass at 4:00PM. The suggested donation is $35 which includes morning coffee and refreshments, lunch, and materials. Please register by March 24 by calling the Office of Family Ministry at 815-838-5334 or online at http://conta.cc/2habtxY.