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Grief speaker coming to Fort Dodge

Alan Pedersen founded Angels Across the USA

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Alan Pedersen, of the organization Angels Across the USA, will be speaking at an event for Compassionate Friends on Monday.

Award-winning speaker Alan Pedersen is coming to Fort Dodge to talk about facing the grief of losing a child.

The presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Monday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1436 21st Ave. N.

The event is hosted by the Fort Dodge chapter of Compassionate Friends, a nationwide organization that focuses on supporting families after a child dies.

Pedersen was introduced to a new kind of grief when his 18-year-old daughter Ashley died in 2001. He established the Angels Across the USA Tour and has been traveling around the country since 2004 sharing his message of hope to hundreds of thousands of people who are grieving the death of a child, grandchild or sibling.

“He’s just a really good speaker and his message is all about grief and healing,” said Fort Dodge Compassionate Friends co-leader Sherry Collins-Ruge. “He understands grief and pain and kind of tells about how he has healed.”

The presentation is open to the public.

“We’re not looking at just parents that have lost children,” Collins-Ruge said. “But I think anyone can benefit from hearing him.”

Compassionate Friends will have light refreshments to serve after Pedersen’s presentation.

“After the presentation, Alan is available for anyone who would like to visit with him,” Collins-Ruge said.

For more information on Pedersen and his Angels Across the USA Tour, visit angelsacrosstheusa.org.