A tree in tribute to Gene at the Fourth International Conference on Focusing-Oriented Therapy in June, 2017.

A tree in tribute to Gene at the Fourth International Conference on Focusing-Oriented Therapy in June, 2017.


Memorial Service

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

The International Focusing Institute will hold a public celebration of Gene's life in New York City on Saturday, August 12 at 10am (find your time here).  It will take place at Hebrew Union College (map here). 

There will first be a formal memorial service to celebrate his life, which we anticipate will last about one hour.  This will be followed by an opportunity for anyone who would like to speak to contribute their personal memories and thoughts.  We plan to livestream both portions of the memorial service.

In the afternoon, we are organizing opportunities to learn and discuss more about Gene's work in psychology and philosophy.  The tentative start time for this portion of the day is 1:30pm.  We intend to make this interactive through videoconferencing and livestreaming.

All are welcome.  We hope that you will attend.  In order to help us plan for Gene's memorial, please RSVP.  If you are not sure whether or not you are coming, please let us know that you are considering it.  If you cannot attend in person, please consider organizing a group in your area to watch and participate together remotely.

We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Viceroy Hotel.  The hotel is near Central Park (map here).  Rooms are $239 a night for August 11-13, although you can extend your stay at that rate before or afterward, if you arrange to do so in advance. To reserve your room, please phone +1 855 647 1619 and tell them that you are with The International Focusing Institute.  You may also book directly online by the Group Code: 170811THEI or you may use the link below.  You must reserve by July 21.  To get to the memorial from this hotel, the R or W subway is close by, and should take about 25 minutes (map here).  Of course, taxis are also an easy option.  If you prefer to be in quick walking distance of the memorial, we suggest the Hyatt Hotel in Union Square.

The Focusing Institute Summer School takes place in the week following the memorial.  We hope that many of you will register to attend the Summer School, in order to continue to connect with other Focusers that week.

We hope you will consider donating to the Institute in Gene's honor.