The GriefListenerLorraine Fitzgerald, the GriefListener, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In 1996, she earned her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Fordham University, NY, supplementing her Bachelor of Science (BS) from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. Since 2001, Ms. Fitzgerald has been in private practice in the bereavement field and is a Bereavement Coordinator for Comprehensive Community Hospice (of Parker Jewish Institute).

Seasoned by her experience and thorough understanding of how death significantly affects a family, Ms. Fitzgerald provides a safe place and an opportunity for individuals to experience personal growth throughout the grieving process. Ms. Fitzgerald empowers patients to find strengths in reaching a peaceful death. In anticipation and after a loved one’s death, Ms. Fitzgerald helps family members improve family communication.

Ms. Fitzgerald provides bereaved families an opportunity to share their experiences as a facilitator of the Newly Bereaved Circle in association with The Compassionate Friends, Rockville Centre Chapter. In the past, Ms. Fitzgerald was a volunteer for Hospice Care Network, counseling surviving parents in adjusting and coping with family grief, and coordinating supportive services between young widow and children support groups.

As a Bereavement Skills Trainer and clinical consultant, Ms. Fitzgerald provides bereavement education for organizations helping individuals and groups to understand the importance of the bereavement process. She assists personnel to identify their losses and recognize the impact on their professional and personal lives. In creating a safe place, she encourages supportive expression of grief which ultimately improves productivity and team morale.

Ms. Fitzgerald previously worked as the Director of "Memory Lane Club", a social adult day care program, with the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF). Her work as an Employee Assistance Program Specialist provides her with a wealth of resources at her fingertips.

Ms. Fitzgerald extends her bereavement knowledge as a field supervisor and is currently an active Board Member of the Nassau Chapter of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work. She chairs both the Program Committee and Mentorship Group Committee for newly graduated social workers.

Ms. Fitzgerald has recently authored "Healing Through Loss: The Stepping Stones," published in Home Health Care Management & Practice, 2008.