Open to Hope
Stacy Parker is a native Californian, living with her husband and two kids in the Los Angeles area. She became a grief expert after her first daughter, Alyssa died in 1997.
Since her daughter’s death, Stacy has been involved with The Compassionate Friends (an organization that supports parents after the loss of a child). She and her husband began facilitating their local TCF chapter in 2000. They also Co-Chaired the 2004 TCF National Conference, taking place in Hollywood, California.
In July 2012 she was on the TCF International Conference board that took place in Orange County, California.
Stacy has volunteered as a grief counselor at Our House in Los Angeles, wrote for an online newsletter, Sharing Wisdom (to help support bereaved families.) She was also a parent advocate at Cedar Sinai Medical Center, with the Pediatric Palliative Care Committee and the Comfort Care Committee at UCLA Medical Center.
She has devoted her time speaking to the medical community at both Cedars and UCLA about her experience with her daughter in the hospital. Stacy attended three IPPC (Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care) conferences as a parent advocate and spoke to ELNEC (End Of Life Nursing Education Consortium) nurses to help better improve the environment in hospitals for families that need support.
She is on the board of the Children’s Hospice Of America Foundation (CHOAF) that helps raise awareness and funds for Palliative Care and Children’s Hospice around the country. Stacy and her husband have been guests on Open to Hope, an online resource for grief. She is also a parent representative on the hospice and palliative care board of the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics). She continues to support families whose child has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or has died.
Grief As a Second Language is her first published book.