Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sharing Memories

One of the sweet spots in this sad time has been listening to others share their memories of Andre.  Some people knew him through his profession of computers, other through a shared passion for cars, some as a stroke and turn judge at swim meets, and others as the co-creator of whimsical birthday cakes for his children.  My daughter remembers the "tickle monster" who used to pick her up and whirl her around as a little girl.

Val is collecting stories and pictures for the children to have as they grow up.  She may also use some at the memorial service on Friday.  If you have a story or a picture to share, please contact us at hedrick4419@gmail.com and we'll pass it on to Val.  Or feel free to post a comment here.

One of Andre's friends from the Rennlist (Porsche) 928 forum posted this picture of Andre at a "Sharks in the Park" event.

Here's one at a Clayton Fourth of July parade, where
 he would dress up and be silly with the kids.


We'd love to hear and see your memories!


Gina Cattalini

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Resources from the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley

Talking with Your Children about Death and Suicide

Sunday, July 22 at 11:30am or July 29 at 9:45am in Geneva Hall, Room G207

Please join us on either of two successive Sundays for a time of discussion and Christian guidance in how to talk with your children in age-appropriate ways about death and suicide. These sessions will be led by Jeanne James, MFT and Director of Marriage and Family Ministries; Rosemarie Eichner-Raja, Director of Elementary School Ministries, and Dr. Bonnie Ho, Psychologist and First Pres Berkeley Elder. Child care will be offered for K-4th grade in W 9/10, Westminster Hall lower level.

A Pastoral Response to Suicide…Theological Reflections of the Reformed Tradition

Sunday, August 5, 9:45 and 11:30 in Geneva Hall, Room G207

Learn about the Reformed view of suicide and the biblical foundations for grace and love in the midst of pain and sorrow.  This 45-minute forum will be led by Rev. Debbie Whaley, Associate Pastor of Caring Ministries.

Additional Christian Counseling and Therapeutic Resources

Berkeley Christians Counselors (BCC) is a ministry of First Pres Berkeley that offers counseling to individuals, couples, families, and children who are facing stressful issues or decisions, including trauma. BCC is staffed by trained counselors and interns working on professional licensure.  Services are open to all, confidential and based on ability to pay.  We encourage you to contact BCC Clinical Director Sandi Hedlund at 510-548-5858 to schedule an appointment or for a referral to therapists in the area.