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The Heritage Club Supports Parents of Murdered Children Conference

For Immediate Release: August 5, 2011

Brookfield, Wis. – The Heritage Club, a charitable group founded in 1978 by past presidents of the National Funeral Directors Association, is pleased to sponsor the appearance of nationally-recognized grief expert Darcie D. Sims, Ph.D., CHT, CT, GMS, at the 25th annual National Parents of Murdered Children (POMC) Conference on August 4-7 in Milwaukee, Wis.

"Grieving the death of a child is difficult for any parent," said R. Doggett Whitaker Jr., president of The Heritage Club. "That pain is especially great for parents who have lost a child to a violent act. We are please to support PMOC's effort to comfort grieving parents by sponsoring Darci's appearance at their national conference."

POMC is the only national self-help organization dedicated solely to the aftermath and prevention of murder. POMC makes a difference through on-going emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy and awareness.

POMC was founded in 1978 by Charlotte and Bob Hullinger in Cincinnati, Ohio, following the murder of their daughter, Lisa. Fr. Ken Czillinger, a Catholic priest active in leading support groups for the bereaved, directed the Hullingers to others whose children had been murdered. What was once a small group is now a national organization with more than 100 chapters throughout the United States and abroad.

Simms, is a grief management specialist, a nationally certified thanatologist, a certified pastoral bereavement specialist, and a licensed psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. She is the author of several books and textbooks. Simms is president and co-founder of GRIEF, Inc. a grief consulting business, and the director of the American Grief Academy in Seattle, Washington.

The Heritage Club is dedicated to securing a positive and progressive future for the funeral service profession. The group has contributed in the past to mortuary science student scholarships, studies on grief and bereavement, and recently to the National Museum of Funeral History's display on the funeral of Pope John Paul XXIII and other popes.

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Contact: Jessica Koth, 262-814-1536, jkoth@nfda.org

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