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Sharing a dad's grief

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 4:19 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – In response to a growing need to discuss the many issues surrounding grief, Chi Sigma Iota and the Northern Illinois University Counseling Association will present a talk about fathers and grief on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 3 p.m. in Room 423 of Graham Hall on the NIU campus. The speaker is Kelly Farley, a student in the NIU counseling department and also an acclaimed author.

Like many men, Farley was caught up in the rat race of life when he lost his two children to genetic abnormalities over an 18-month period in 2004 and 2006. Farley looked for a book that addressed the needs of grieving dads. Finding none, he began a journey to learn how other fathers experienced grief. The resulting book, “Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back” was published in the summer of 2012.

Farley will share his experience with grief, how he came to write the book and what he learned about society’s discomfort with men who grieve. Copies of the book will be available for purchase; the first 10 people to arrive will receive a free copy.

This is the second of two October presentations on grief. The first was presented Oct. 9, when Delinda Grindle, a licensed clinical professional counselor and grief specialist discussed the resources and techniques counselors use in working with grieving children.

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