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College Of New Rochelle Bereavement Expert Shares Insights At Lecture

Kenneth Doka, a gerontology professor at the College of New Rochelle and an expert on grief and grieving, will speak at the school on April 19.
Kenneth Doka, a gerontology professor at the College of New Rochelle and an expert on grief and grieving, will speak at the school on April 19. Photo Credit: Provided

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Grief expert Kenneth Doka will share insights on coping with loss at a lecture Tuesday, April 19, at the College of New Rochelle.

Doka, a professor of gerontology at the college, is the author of numerous academic books.

The lecture will coincide with the publications of his 35th such work, “Grief Is a Journey: Finding Your Path Through Loss.”

“Grief” is written for the general public and those who counsel people who are grieving.

The event is set for 7 p.m. in the college’s Maura Ballroom.

A book signing will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

To RSVP, visit www.cnr.edu/Doka .

The book overturns prevailing, often judgmental ideas about grief, and replaces them with a more hopeful research-backed approach, the college said in a statement.

Doka said he aimed to create a self-help book that reflected “the most current thinking in the field.”

Despite decades of research and theories, Doka said, “Most grieving individuals still have outmoded notions of how they should grieve -- sometimes making them feel that their grief is somehow inappropriate.”

There are many different ways of coping with loss, Doka said, including personal and private therapeutic rituals.

A licensed mental health counselor, he also offers advice on when and where to seek professional assistance if needed.

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