We are proud to be a part of your community. To all in the community, we offer and are involved in various events throughout the year. Below is a list of upcoming events, activities, and seminars that we are involved in.

May 2024 Events

Grief Group Book Study

May 7, 2024 01:30 PM to Jun 4, 2024 03:00 PM

Grief Group Book Study

In this five-week study group, we will explore and discuss "Finding Meaning:The Sixth Stage of Grief" by David Kessler.

 
Please purchase and bring your book and journal to each meeting. It is available on Amazon.

Hosted by Linda Dzbanski, LLMSW, BSW, Director of Bereavement Services. 

Tuesday, 

May 7 - June 4, 2024

1:30-3:00pm

A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors

2600 Crooks Road, Troy, MI 48084

Open to the community at no charge

Registration is required. Regster by phone at 248-362-2500 or email at ldzbanski@ajdesmond.com

Program closes after the second session. 

Grief Group Book Study

May 7, 2024 06:30 PM to Jun 4, 2024 08:00 PM

Grief Group Book Study

In this five-week study group, we will explore and discuss "Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief," by David Kessler.

 
Please purchase and bring your book and journal to each meeting. It is available on Amazon.

Hosted by Linda Dzbanski, LLMSW, BSW, Director of Bereavement Services. 

Tuesdays

May 7 - June 4, 2024

6:30-8:00pm

A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors

2600 Crooks Road, Troy, MI 48084

Open to the community at no charge

Registration is required. Regster by phone at 248-362-2500 or email at ldzbanski@ajdesmond.com.

Program closes after the second session. 

Veterans Memorial Benefits Seminar

May 15, 2024 11:30 AM to May 15, 2024 01:00 PM

You're invited to a Veterans Memorial Benefits Seminar

Honor our service while protecting your loved ones from unnecessary financial and emotional pain. Join us for this important informational seminar and free meal. Spouses and loved one are welcome.

Wednesday, May 15

11:30 am

Carrabba's Italian Grill

600 WEst Big Beaver Road

Troy, MI 48084

Space is limited. RSVP today at 248-291-7836.

 

June 2024 Events

The Elderly & The Law: Understanding VA Benefits, Medicaid Planning and Advanced Directives

Jun 6, 2024 05:00 PM to Jun 6, 2024 07:00 PM
The Elderly & The Law: Understanding VA Benefits, Medicaid Planning and Advanced Directives
Please Join Us for a 1.0 Hour Continuing Education presentation for Nurses and Social Workers
Thursday, June 6, 2024
5:00 pm - Registration and Dinner
6:00-7:00 pm - Presentation by Michael L. Rutkowski, Esq
at
A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors
3725 Rochester Road, Troy, MI 48083
RSVP by June 4, 2024. Spots are limited
https://form.jotform.com/241276197114153
Questions? Contact Lea Brady at LC@rutkowskilawfirm.com or 248-235-6137

Take Time to Heal Grief Seminar

Jun 18, 2024 01:30 PM to Jul 16, 2024 03:00 PM

A five-week Support Group Series for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Come, explore the grief journey and embrace hope.

Hosted by Director of Bereavement Services, Linda Dzbanski, LLMSW, BSW

This group will meet in person at our Crooks Road location, 2600 Crooks Road in Troy.

Tuesdays, June 18 - July 16, 2024, 1:30 to 3:00 at our Crooks Road location. 

Open to the community at no charge. Registration is requested. 

RSVP to ldzbanski@ajdesmond.com or 248-362-2500.

The session is closed to newcomers after the second meeting.

 

Take Time to Heal Grief Seminar

Jun 18, 2024 06:30 PM to Jul 16, 2024 08:00 PM

A five-week Support Group Series for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Come, explore the grief journey and embrace hope.

Hosted by Director of Bereavement Services, Linda Dzbanski, LLMSW, BSW

This group will meet in person at our Crooks Road location, 2600 Crooks Road in Troy.

Tuesdays, June 18, 2024 through July 16, 2024, 6:30 - 8:00PM at our Crooks Road location. 

Open to the community at no charge. Registration is requested. 

RSVP to ldzbanski@ajdesmond.com or 248-362-2500.

The session is closed to newcomers after the second meeting.

October 2024 Events

Alan Wolfelt Community Presentation

Oct 16, 2024 06:30 PM to Oct 16, 2024 08:30 PM

Join us for an evening with Alan Wolfelt, PhD.

At the MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake, Troy, MI 48098

Purpose:  We look forward to having you join us for this evening of hope and healing. Participants will be able to quietly reflect on their losses and honor their own unique grief journey. Plan to join us and learn about the “Touchstones” that can support you now and in the future.

Why This Program: This program will help all of us understand how loss influences our lives. You will be able to embrace the uniqueness of your grief, quietly reflect on your feelings of loss, learn about the six essential needs we all have when someone dies, and come to understand the difference between “reconciling” your grief and “resolving” your grief. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from one of North America’s leading grief counselors.

Who Should Attend:  This compassionate program will be helpful to anyone who is experiencing grief in their lives. If you know anyone who may benefit from this opportunity to embrace hope and healing, please let them know about this program. We look forward to having you with us.

Agenda:  Among the content areas to be explored in this program are the following:

  • Introduction to the Topic and a Broader Framework for Loss
  • Understanding the Concept of “Touchstones”
  • Touchstone: Dispel Misconceptions About Grief
  • Touchstone: Embrace the Uniqueness of Your Grief
  • Touchstone: Explore Your Feelings of Loss
  • Touchstone: Understand the Six Needs of Mourning
  • Touchstone: Recognize You Are Not Crazy
  • Touchstone: Nurture Yourself
  • Touchstone: Reach Out for Help
  • Touchstone: Seek “Reconciliation,” Not “Resolution”


This presentation is free and open to the public.

We ask that you register beforehand. Registration will be open after details have been finalized.


This presentation is free and open to the public. 


Please share with someone you know who might be interested.

Sponsored by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors.

Alan Wolfelt Community Presentation

Alan Wolfelt Caregiver Presentation

Oct 17, 2024 09:00 AM to Oct 17, 2024 12:00 PM

Join us for a morning with Alan Wolfelt, PhD.

The Art of "Companioning" the Mourner: Caring Versus Curing

This informative workship with help us enhance your knowldege and skills related to supporting people and experiencing grief and loss. Anchored in Dr. Wolfetls's "companioning" model of giref care, there will be recognition of how grief and mourning are normal and necessary experiences that are fundamentally a journey of the heart and soul. A critical distinction between caring versus curing will be outlined. You will go away with a wealth of knowledge surrounding the transformative nature of grief.

This workshop is helpful to anyone who wants to learn more about essential caregiving principles for caring for grieving persons. It will be particularly helpful to counselors, social workers, clergy, chaplains, nurses and lay ministers. 

 

At the MSU Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake, Troy, MI 48098

 

A professional conference for hospice workers, social workers, counselors, clergy, chaplains, nurses and those who support grieving people. CE hours available.

We ask that you register beforehand. Registration will be open after event details are finalized. Please check back here in the summer. 


Please share with someone you know who might be interested.

Sponsored by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors.

Alan Wolfelt Caregiver Presentation