By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
— DANVILLE – An inspirational speaker and performer will make a return trip to Danville Oct. 7 before retiring from the touring circuit.
Alan Pedersen visited Danville last October, performing at the Grove Presbyterian Church, where he spoke and sang songs on the topic of coping with grief and the loss of loved ones.
Pedersen, whose two Danville visits were sponsored by the Compassionate Friends of Susquehanna Valley, lost his only daughter, Ashley, in a 2001 car accident and since then has used the experience to help others cope with loss. He has been performing his cross country “Angels Across the USA” tour for the last four years, with this year set to be his last.
He’s traveled all around the country helping people, said Renee Beisswanger, of the Compassionate Friends of Susquehanna Valley. “We were lucky enough that we could fit us into his tour this year, as this will be his last one,” she said.
His show was popular last year, and this year Beisswanger and her group are hoping for a bigger turnout, which is why it will be held at 7 p.m. at the Henry Hood Research on Geisinger’s Danville campus.
“We hope a lot of people are able to come,” said Beisswanger. She said his songs are very therapeutic for those who have lost children. She lost her son, David, in 2008 when he was 20.
“You don’t get over it, but it was a very healing experience for me,” she said of Pedersen’s performance. “My husband and I heard him the first year after our son had died. He is amazing.”
The free event is meant for people age 16 and over, said Beisswanger.
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