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Interregnum Presents a Community Forum "When the Bough Breaks" Featuring Parents Who Share the Grief of Losing a Child

SUMMIT, NJ, FEBRUARY 2012 – On Wednesday, March 28, from 6:00 to 8:00pm, Overlook Medical Center hosts Interregnum Inc., a New Jersey nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people who experience grief and loss learn effective ways to move forward with their lives.   

“When the Bough Breaks” includes a panel of parents whose children have died. They will share stories of their journeys through grief at a community forum led by grief expert Judith Pederson, MSW, LSW, FT.  

“Presenting the opportunity for parents who have suffered the loss of a child the opportunity to hear from others who have been through this most traumatic of experiences is extremely helpful and healing,” says Pedersen, founder and executive director of Interregnum Inc., who will moderate the panel of bereaved parents.

“To see the courage and strength that becomes part of our human reaction in the face of the unthinkable touches all of us. I believe anyone who has suffered the loss of a child will take comfort in hearing what others have done, and continue to do, to move forward with their lives,” adds Pedersen.

The panel of bereaved parents includes Daniel Abut, Judith Avrin, Ruth Gugiociello, Christopher Mattioli and Wendy Sefcik among others.

Their beloved children died as a result of various causes, including acute illness, an eating disorder, cancer and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). No matter the cause of death, each parent hopes that by sharing his or her stories, they will provide hope and inspiration to those in the audience.

“I have found strength in sharing my story and listening to the stories of others,” says Sefcik. “I’ve learned that there are many people who understand the gripping heartache of losing a child, yet have been able to experience joy and peace in their lives. We have much to learn from one another.”

The event will take place in the Wallace Auditorium at Overlook Medical Center, 99 Beauvoir Avenue, Summit, NJ. There is no charge to attend, but donations are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is available in the West Garage. Registration is required by calling 1-800-247-9580 or signing up online.   

Judith Pedersen will offer an eight-week grief support group at Overlook Medical Center featuring the Moving Forward™ bereavement support model specifically for parents who have lost children. The group will begin April 11.

For more information about Interregnum, visit them online or call 973-224-6900.

Photography during the forum is not permitted. To schedule an interview with a parent at the event, contact Bari Adelman, Communications Director, Interregnum Inc. at 973-202-9895 or

About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.

Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and No. 2 for stroke treatment in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.

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