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Grief Relief
Gail Cameron Wescott
The Grief Encounter
> July 17, 2003
David Fajgenbaum called
his parent in Raleigh, NC,
after his first football
practice.
...
FACING GRIEF
• He went home and decided to drop out from
college.
• However, Anna Marie Fajgenbaum was
adamant that her so...
THE PROMISE
• One October evening, when David was visiting,
Anna Marie woke up weeping. She was worried
about David and hi...
Doing His Promise
• David decided to create a support group which
he called –
Ailing Mothers and Fathers
(based on his mot...
• He learned that nearly half of college students
had lost a loved one within the previous years.
• They decided to meet e...
• David graduated from
Georgetown
• He studied public
health at the
University of Oxford
• He planned to
become an Oncolog...
““Every time I see thoseEvery time I see those
initials –AMF – I see myinitials –AMF – I see my
mom and I know I ammom and...
““Every time I see thoseEvery time I see those
initials –AMF – I see myinitials –AMF – I see my
mom and I know I ammom and...
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  1. 1. Grief Relief Gail Cameron Wescott
  2. 2. The Grief Encounter > July 17, 2003 David Fajgenbaum called his parent in Raleigh, NC, after his first football practice. His dad, a surgeon, said: “ Son, your mom has brain cancer.”
  3. 3. FACING GRIEF • He went home and decided to drop out from college. • However, Anna Marie Fajgenbaum was adamant that her son return to Georgetown. • David threw himself into his studies and grew increasingly isolated.
  4. 4. THE PROMISE • One October evening, when David was visiting, Anna Marie woke up weeping. She was worried about David and his two sisters. • David said: “Mom, Im going to be okay. And I’m going to help other kids cope with loss.”
  5. 5. Doing His Promise • David decided to create a support group which he called – Ailing Mothers and Fathers (based on his mother’s initials) Sadly, Anna Marie later that month. > David started hearing from friends who had never known that his mom was sick.
  6. 6. • He learned that nearly half of college students had lost a loved one within the previous years. • They decided to meet every other week to share what they were going through and how they were coping. • They raised money. • They participated in the Ironman 10K for cancer research, walked to battle ALS, and run to defeat cancer.
  7. 7. • David graduated from Georgetown • He studied public health at the University of Oxford • He planned to become an Oncologist and decided to attend medical school at the University of Pennsylvania
  8. 8. ““Every time I see thoseEvery time I see those initials –AMF – I see myinitials –AMF – I see my mom and I know I ammom and I know I am honoring her by helpinghonoring her by helping others.others.
  9. 9. ““Every time I see thoseEvery time I see those initials –AMF – I see myinitials –AMF – I see my mom and I know I ammom and I know I am honoring her by helpinghonoring her by helping others.others.

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