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Honorary Board of Directors

We are fortunate to have many accomplished professionals with experience in the matters that weigh heavily upon us when rebuilding our lives.

Sallie Sanborn, M.S., holds an undergraduate degree in Child Development and a Master's in Counseling and Human Development from Bank Street College of Education where she was an adjunct faculty member for 15 years teaching Child Life courses and helping to develop the Child Life degree program. Sallie was part of the Child Life program at Bellevue Hospital, coordinating the inpatient therapeutic program for medically hospitalized children, planning and implementing supportive treatment to assist children and families with issues ranging from surgical procedures, to major trauma and life-threatening illnesses and injuries. She trained medical students and other medical staff on the psychosocial needs of hospitalized children.

Ms. Sanborn has been in private practice for over 20 years specializing in issues of illness, injury, and loss. She consults with a wide array of schools and agencies on issues of trauma and loss. She is part of the On-Going Care Team of the Making Headway Foundation, which works with children and families affected by brain and spinal cord tumors as well as other serious neurological issues.

fellowship with other men who have experienced loss

Phyllis Silverman, Ph.D.

Dr. Phyllis R Silverman Ph.D., researcher and author, is currently a Scholar-in-Residence at Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, Professor Emerita at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions, and Associate in Social Welfare at the Department of Psychiatry, MGH, Harvard Medical School. She has a doctorate from the Heller School at Brandeis University, and master's degrees from Harvard School of Public Health and from Smith College School for Social Work. She is concerned with the interface between research and clinical practice.

She developed the concept of the widow-to-widow and from 1964 through 1972 she directed the research project that demonstrated its effectiveness. This work has been a model for programs in the United States and abroad. Her most recent research has focused on children and adolescents. She was been Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director of the Harvard/MGH Child Bereavement Study, and is still analyzing data from the study.

She has published extensively. In addition to her academic publications she has written both trade and professional books on bereavement. Her most recent book, published this year, is titled A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children: Rebuilding Your Family After the Death of a Loved One, and was co-written with Madelyn Kelly. Her other books include Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children's Lives and Widow to Widow: How the Bereaved Help Each Other (2nd edition). With Scott Campbell, she wrote Widower: When Men Are Left Alone. With Dennis Klass and Steven Nickman, she co-edited Continuing Bonds: New Understandings of Grief, and she co-edited Living with Dying: A Handbook for Health Care Practitioners in End of Life Care with Joan Berzoff.