A BEREAVED DAD REACHES OUT TO OTHERS THROUGH HIS MUSIC AND WORDS

ALAN AND DENISE PEDERSEN

Angels Across The USA Tour Event
Hosted By the Tony Brown Foundation
Oct 11, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
755 Monroe Turnpike
Monroe CT

When I think of Alan and Denise Howard Pedersen and The Angels Across The USA Tour, I think of sipping hot chocolate, wrapped up in a warm fuzzy blanket on a frigid winter’s night, howling winds attempting to rattle the windows, but feeling safe and protected inside.  Alan and Denise tour the United States providing caring, compassion, love and understanding to the bereaved.

On Tuesday October 11, Alan and Denise will be making their 2011 Connecticut appearance at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, in Monroe. The event is sponsored by the Tony Brown Foundation and Tony’s mom, Anne Castaldo, and is free and open to the public.  

Alan’s presentation features a mix of humor and straight-from-the-heart talk with songs about love and loss. Last year Alan’s only Connecticut appearance was for our TCF East Of The River CT chapter in East Hartford.  Those attending left with the feeling of having been hugged all night.

Said one dad,

“It wasn’t even just his music, though the music is beyond great.  It was the words in between the songs.  I guess I knew that they were grief counselors, but I didn’t realize how much one evening could help me so much, just listening to Alan and everything he shared.”

From a newly bereaved mom:

“Alan sang to my soul.  It is like he looked inside of me and told me that as much as it hurts and it is going to hurt, that somehow, someday, in a different way, it will be ok.”

I know that for me, what Alan shared from his own grief experience after the loss of his own beloved daughter Ashley, and his music, opened a door for me that I needed to go through in order to keep my sanity and (and I am not sure how to explain this…) return to loving Robyn in a gentler, warmer way.

 This event or any of the other Angel Across The USA events are more than worth the drive.  The cost is your time, gas and whatever donation you wish to make to the hosting charity and The Angels Across The USA tour.

Over and over, I have heard Alan quoted and paraphrased by so many who attended our 2010 event.

“When asked how long will you grieve, Alan’s response was perfect:  As long as she is dead.” 

 “I am her dad, for not as long as she lived, but as long as I do.”

 Alan not only gives the bereaved permission to grieve, and even encourages the necessity of grief, but provides a safe place to smile and laugh, and remember with gentleness.

If you are interested in car-pooling or caravan-ing, please get in touch as soon as possible.  We can take a passenger van if there are interested TCF Families.  Those who contact us first will get the first slots.
TCFEastOfTheRiverCT@gmail.com
860-375-EØTR (3087)

Register for the Free October 11 Event (to assure for enough seating) at
TONY BROWN FOUNDATION PRESENTS ALAN PEDERSEN 

Additional Information:
TONY BROWN FOUNDATION BLOG 

For more information about additional ANGELS ACROSS THE USA TOUR event  location check out:
ANGELS ACROSS THE USA TOUR CALENDAR

Angels Across The USA Tour Event
Hosted By the Tony Brown Foundation
Oct 11, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
755 Monroe Turnpike
Monroe CT

 WHO CAN ATTEND?    ANYONE!

(Because the songs and conversation is centered around bereavement, grief, and healing, it may not be appropriate for young children with short attention spans who may become disruptive.  Please use good judgment in bringing children. )

 Though Alan, Denise and Anne Castaldo of the Tony Brown Foundation  host group are all bereaved parents, Alan’s events are NOT LIMITED TO BEREAVED PARENTS.  Anyone who has experienced grief or experiences grief from the loss of a loved one will find both Alan’s music and the words spoken between the songs encouraging and compassionate.
To learn more about Alan and Denise, The Angels Across the USA Tour, or to receive their FREE Grief and Beyond  Newsletter, visit their site  at
GRIEF AND BEYOND

Always, Warm Regards,
~ Bettie-Jeanne
Forever RobynApril’s mom
TCF East Of The River Chapter Leader

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