“No one told me that losing a child would bring such lasting grief and sorrow. I didn’t know that I would feel so alone or so changed.” Parents Left Behind helps bring bereaved parents together with others who share this same journey — working together to survive the storm of grief and move forward with their lives.
Joined on the Journey
An interactive gathering for grieving parents
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Virtual seminar with breakout sessions and keynote speakers
No charge to attend
The seminar will open with a keynote address by Dr. Susan Averitt, Founder of Parents Left Behind and Bereaved Mother.
Participants may attend TWO of the following breakout sessions:
- I want to learn more about grief.
- I am struggling with anxiety, anger and remorse.
- I need God more than ever.
- I want to understand my partner.
- I want to help my younger children
- I want to help my adult children
- The 6th stage of grief
We thank our sponsors for their generosity, which allows this seminar to be offered at no charge to participants.
2021 PARENTS LEFT BEHIND Steering Committee Members
Dr. Susan Averitt is an independent owner-physician at Best Start Pediatric Clinic in Johnson, located in the Collier Drug Store Building on the campus of Willow Creek Women’s Hospital. She is the mother of four beautiful daughters. Her husband, Derrick, is a stay at home dad, who volunteers his time at school and as a coach.
John Redwine is a retired family physician, hospital administrator, and state senator who moved to NW Arkansas with his wife Barbara from Sioux City, IA in 2004, having been transferred to the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville. In December 2011 the Redwine’s lost their oldest son, John II, in a climbing accident near Beirut, Lebanon where he lived with his wife and ten week old son. They have two other sons and three grandsons.
Steve Sheely is the pastor of Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Fayetteville. Rolling Hills has hosted a candlelight service for grieving parents on the second Sunday evening in December since 2007. Since 2009 Steve has facilitated a monthly Grieving Parents Support Group (GPS) on the second Monday of each month.
Biff (Louis) and Ann Averitt are the parents of Dr. Susan Averitt. They are the bereaved grandparents of Cameron Averitt Bobbitt. They have two other children and seven other grandchildren. “Biff” was a pastor in the United Methodist Church, Arkansas Conference for 40 years. He served churches throughout the state. In 2008 he retired as pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Rogers. During those 40 years Ann taught in many of the cities and towns where “Biff” was pastor. She also retired in 2008, most recently having served as teacher of Reading Recovery/Early Literacy at Bonnie Grimes Elementary School in Rogers.