The Black Ribbon Programs were created by Leonard McEwen, MSW, RSW, as a result of a presentation made to the Stony Plain Rotary Club. The presentation was a result of a visit of his to the Center for Loss. The programs are intended to support persons who have experienced a loss and are encountering difficulty in dealing with their grief and mourning.
Inspiration for the pin came from a conversation between Len and Dr. Alan Wolfelt at Wolfelt’s Center for Loss in Ft. Collins, CO. Black Ribbons have now been sent around the world. They have been requested by hospice operators, physicians, cemeteries, funeral homes, family members and many others. They have helped communities heal after the loss of their young, helped individuals after the loss of family and friends.
Leonard McEwen, MSW, RSW
Len is a practicing therapist and mediator with offices in Spruce Grove and Edmonton Alberta. His special areas of interest include: bereavement, trauma, dysregulation/reregulation using neurofeedback and/or hypnosis and children and family work.
Len is a member of:
Association For Death Education and Counselling
Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis – Alberta Division
International Society for Neurofeedback & Research
Family Mediation Canada
Employee Assistance Society of North America