goodbye“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.

Our next seminar will be held August 24, 2019.  Contact us if you would like details as they become available.

You are not Alone

Is the theme of the 2018 Parents Left Behind
4th Annual Interactive Seminar

Saturday August 25th, 2018
9:00 AM — 1:30 PM
Registration opens at 8:30 AM
Central United Methodist Church ~ Student Ministries Building
19 Lafayette Street, Fayetteville, Arkansas

All are welcome — seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. Register here for the 2018 Parents Left Behind Seminar.  There is no charge to attend.

The seminar will open with a keynote address by Dr. Susan Averitt, Founder of Parents Left Behind and Bereaved Mother, followed by a brief introductory video of the breakout presenters who are bereaved parents or grandparents.

Following the address will be four breakout sessions; those attending may select two of the four. Breakout topics include:

  • How could God allow this to happen?
  • Can I forgive?
  • Will I ever be happy again?
  • How can I keep my child from being forgotten?

Each session will include a grief professional, a bereaved parent or grandparent and a moderator. Counselors will be available, as needed.

To provide a source of community with others who share a similar experience, Lunch Discussion Groups will be held for those interested. Lunch will be provided by Einstein Bros. Bagels; it is not necessary to participate in a discussion group to stay for lunch. Lunch discussion topics include:

    • Pregnancy Loss
    • Infant Loss
    • Long Illness
    • Sudden Unexpected Death
    • Suicide
    • Adult Children
    • Friends, Family & Other Support Roles

We thank our sponsors for their generosity, which allows this seminar to be offered at no charge to participants.


2018 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.

Corinna Dranow, LPC is a counselor in private practice and the mother of two children.

Annette Vaughn is a fundraising Facilitator, who has hosted events to benefit such groups as Saving Grace, Mirror images, Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s “Santa Closet”, and many others.  She is a loving mother of three beautiful daughters and one son, Danny, who passed away November 18, 1982.  She is also Nini to her four precious grandchildren.

Donna Fallin is a photographer who lives in Bella Vista with her husband Barry.  In January 2011 the Fallin’s lost their daughter Melissa to Cystic Fibrosis.

Rev. Carl Palmer formerly served Central United Methodist in Fayetteville as the pastor of Central CARES, addressing a variety of needs including grief, addiction, depression, finances and divorce. He is currently the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Harrison, Arkansas, where he serves with his wife Denni. They have two biological children and three adopted children.

Michelle Sell, Parents Left Behind 2018 Event Coordinator.


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