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David J. Roberts, LMSW, became a parent who experienced the death of a child, after his daughter Jeannine died of cancer on 3/1/03 at the age of 18. He is a retired addiction professional and is also an adjunct professor in the psychology and psychology-child life departments at Utica College, Utica, New York.   Dave is also the chapter leader for The Compassionate Friends of the Mohawk Valley

Dave is a featured speaker, workshop presenter and coach for Aspire Place (  He has presented workshops at national conferences of The Compassionate Friends and Bereaved Parents of The USA. Dave has also been a keynote speaker at national gatherings of The Bereaved Parents of the USA.

Dave is contributing writer for the Open to Hope Foundation and a Huffington Post Contributor. The links to his author pages are: and 

Dave has contributed articles to several other grief and self-improvement publications, as well.

One of Dave's articles” My Daughter is Never Far Away" can also be found in the book Open to Hope: Inspirational Stories of Healing and Loss.

Excerpts from Dave's article for The Open to Hope Foundation, called The Broken Places, were featured in the 2012 Paraclete Press DVD video, Grieving the Sudden Death of a Loved One. 

Dave has appeared on Open to Hope television show and the Healing the Grieving Heart and Ron Villano radio shows.



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