As the President of Roberta’s House, she works tirelessly to increase the community’s knowledge of children’s grief and establishes relationships with foundations, social service agencies and other mental health providers. She networks to expand their services to families in need. Annette received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware in 1982 and worked for Johns Hopkins Hospital until 1985 when she joined her family business, March Funeral Homes. She attended Catonsville Community College and obtained an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science. In 2001, she was certified as a funeral service practitioner through the Academy of Professional Funeral Services.
Annette founded the Roberta’s House Family Grief Support Center and is a bereavement counselor. She has facilitated bereavement programs for 26 years. She has presented numerous workshops on grief, stress, and holistic healing in various churches, schools, community centers as well as hospitals. She presents and organizes annual holiday bereavement seminars and training workshops. Currently, Annette along with the March Family, is the leading force to build a dedicated family grief support center in Baltimore City.
Roberta’s House will provide a confidential setting to facilitate the emotional, physical and spiritual healing for grieving children and their families where grief can be expressed and experienced safely. She is member of the Association of Death Educators and Counselors, Trustee of Sheppard Pratt Hospital, a member of the Harbor City Chapter of Links Inc. and many other professional associations. In 2014, Annette was selected as CNN Top 10 Hero. www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2014/04/24/cnnheroes-annette-march-grier.cnn.html