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Hello! On behalf of the Grief Counseling Services group, I’m pleased to invite you to a free special presentation by Dr. Edward Rynearson on his Restorative Retelling model of grief support for violent death.
We hope you can make it!

Here are the details:

WHEN: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 12:30—2:30 p.m. Sign-in and seating begin at 12:15, and presentation begins promptly at 12:30.

WHERE: The Elizabeth Hospice, 500 La Terraza Blvd., Escondido, CA, 92025, Roelf’s Training Center (3rd floor)

WHO: Presenters are Edward Rynearson, MD; Connie Saindon, LMFT; and Tammy Carter, MFTA (see bios below)

WHAT: An overview of the Restorative Retelling model, recommendations for training resources, case study and Q & A

ALSO: This is a “lunch and learn” event. A deli box lunch from Firehouse Subs (turkey or veggie) is available for $6.00, or feel free to bring your own lunch. If you would like the box lunch, you must let us know when you RSVP. (For the box lunch, please bring exact cash or a check made out to The Elizabeth Hospice. Payment is due when you sign in.)

RSVP: Please RSVP to Cindy Swayze, Receptionist/Admin. Assistant, at or call 760-294-5864 by 10 a.m. on 11/12/18. If you want the box lunch, please let Cindy know.

Thanks so much, and we’ll see you on the 14th!

Paula K. Bunn, LMFT, FT, MA, MS
Manager, Center for Compassionate Care


Edward “Ted” K. Rynearson, MD, is a clinical psychiatrist and researcher from Seattle, Washington, where he founded the section of psychiatry at Virginia Mason.  In addition to full-time clinical practice, he has served on the faculty of the University of Washington as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.  For over 30 years, Dr. Rynearson has maintained a particular clinical and research focus on the effects of violent death on family members and has been published in clinical papers, book chapters and two books, Retelling Violent Death and Violent Death: Resilience and Intervention Beyond the Crisis.  He has delivered numerous national and international trainings on the management of the clinical effects of violent death, and with grant support, founded the non-profit organization the Violent Death Bereavement Society (, establishing an informative network for service providers, teachers and researchers of traumatic grief after violent death.  Dr. Rynearson lives on Puget Sound where he rows each dawn in his rowing scull (weather and tide permitting) and almost always sees a seal or an eagle.


Connie Saindon is a licensed Marital and Family therapist. She has provided specialized services in violent death bereavement since 1995, and founded the Survivors of Violent Loss Program in 1998.  She is a contributing author and frequent conference presenter on this specialized topic. Connie is the author of two books: The Journey, Learning to Live with Violent Death and Murder Survivors Handbook: Real-Stories, Tips and Resources, winner of the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award, Best in Self Help category. She contributed to the original pilot study of the Restorative Retelling model showing significant decrease in symptoms.  Her most recent research published in Death Studies, fall 2013; consists of analyzing twelve years of data for participants using the Restorative Retelling treatment model. Connie’s commitment to violent loss bereavement has been inspired by the murder of her sister in 1961.


Tammy Carter is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She has been working in the field for four years as a counselor working with individuals, couples, families and children. She is a survivor of a violent loss 20 years ago. Tammy had the privilege of the support of the “Restorative Retelling” Group in 1991, where she found help and healing. She has received training with Connie Saindon, LMFT, and is currently facilitating Restorative Retelling Groups in San Diego.

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