Surviving the Unimaginable, Expressing the Inexpressible: A conversation about grief and healing with Pascale Vermont & Mike Berhnhardt

Event date: 

Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 3:00pm

Event address: 

276 Village Square
Orinda, CA 94563-2504
Pascale Vermont
Mike Bernhardt


As a clinical psychologist, Pascale Vermont, PhD, has held many positions. She was a family therapist in her early career until her interest turned to the field of death and dying. She became a palliative care counselor -- supporting the dying and their families -- for a few years before training to work as a grief counselor, first to adults who lost a loved one and, for the last eight years, to parents whose babies died during pregnancy and infancy.

Pascale has always been interested in crisis and trauma counseling and in disaster mental health. She has trained prospective paramedics in handling sudden death in the field, and the staff of a pediatric palliative care home in burnout prevention and self-care. With the American Red Cross she has been deployed to provide grief counseling to people affected by natural disasters. Pascale joined an international humanitarian organization in 2010 and worked in Bangladesh, Haiti, Kenya, the Philippines, and South Sudan as a trauma and grief counselor and as an instructor of stress management and self-care to staff working under challenging conditions.



Mike Bernhardt’s personal journey with grief and poetry began when his first wife died in 1991. His book Voices of the Grieving Heart is an anthology of 150 poems and short essays contributed by over 80 people who share the pain, growth, and healing they experienced after their loved ones died.

Mike is a Certified Grief Educator and is trained as a facilitator in Poetry as a Tool for Wellness. He has been interviewed about grief, and the power of poetry to express the inexpressible, on radio and on a number of podcasts. He has been a presenter at various organizations including the National Association for Poetry Therapy.

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Surviving the Unimaginable: Stories of Coping with Pregnancy & Infancy Loss Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948604857
Availability: Not on our shelves, but available to order.
(This book cannot be returned)
Published: Pascale Vermont - December 1st, 2020

Voices of the Grieving Heart Cover Image
By Mike Bernhardt (Editor)
ISBN: 9780964281011
Availability: Not on our shelves, but available to order.
Published: Cypress Point Press - April 7th, 2021