Grief is something we typically experience following a loss, but what if the loss hasn’t occurred yet? Anticipatory grief occurs when we have reactions to an approaching loss, such as having a loved one diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. This session explores some of the reactions that can occur when anticipating a loss and how to help individuals, families, and groups cope.
Coping with Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
It can be incredibly rewarding to help others, especially those who are suffering in some way. But in situations where we are exposed to long-term stress, suffering, and overwhelming and seemingly endless demands, we can find ourselves feeling numb, tense, disheartened and emotionally exhausted. This session explores common symptoms of Compassion Fatigue and burnout. Additionally, it will explore ways to cope with them such as boundary setting, building resilience, using humor, and seeking help. Finally, it will reinforce that self-care is not selfish, it is essential!
Grief and Extra-Ordinary Experiences
What is an Extra-ordinary Experience? (Also called After Death Communication or Extra-ordinary Encounters) Dr. Louis LeGrande has spent years studying after death communication that is spontaneously experienced contact with a deceased loved one. The bereaved have shared numerous types of after-death communication including sensing a presence, feeling a touch, having a dream, smelling a fragrance, seeing someone they lost or a special symbol. These experiences can help the bereaved express emotions, better accept the death, remember comforting memories, and find a sense of hope. This session provides information about Extra-Ordinary Grief Experiences but also gives participants a chance to share their own experiences.
Grief in the Workplace
Many of us spent most of our waking hours in the workplace. When a death affects the workplace, it can become the elephant in the room. Employees grieving a loss may have trouble concentrating, experience grief-bursts or strong bursts of emotion, and have difficulty with the most simple of tasks. Co-workers are not sure how to be supportive and may feel burdened by taking on some of the griever’s duties. Supervisors may struggle between being compassionate and yet needing required jobs to be completed. This session explores how to help employees feel connected and supported after a loss and shares ways to cope with grief in the workplace.
Helping Suicide Loss Survivors
Anyone that has lost someone special to suicide understands the intense pain, confusion, questioning and roller coaster of emotions and reactions. It is different than other types of grief. This session provides a brief overview of suicide and explores reactions often experienced after a suicide loss. We will also share some helpful resources and techniques for coping. Explaining suicide and helping children after a suicide loss will also be covered.
How to Break Bad News
One of the most difficult things we may ever have to do is to break bad news to someone. This can include informing someone of an accident, a diagnosis, or a death to name just a few. This session will help explore ways to communicate bad news with compassion, sensitivity, and awareness. It will also look at preparation before and self-care after breaking bad news.
How to Cope When a Pet Dies
To many people, their pet or animal companion is part of the family. They can be a source of unconditional love. When an animal companion dies or disappears, it hurts. Although some people do understand the intensity of losing a pet and provide support, others don’t. This presentation explores the grief process after losing a special pet companion and gives tips on how to heal. It includes information and resources on how to help children cope with the loss of a pet.
Rituals to Guide You through Grief and Other Life Transitions
Saying goodbye, releasing guilt and regret, seeking peace, commemorating the life of a loved one, and marking a new beginning can often be expressed in meaningful ways through ritual. Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries can be especially difficult for the grieving and rituals can provide comfort, opportunity for expression, permission to grieve and a sense of hope. This session will explore benefits and types of ritual as well as how to create personal and public rituals for healing and well-being.
The statistics are sobering – far too many lives are lost to suicide. It takes all of us together to make a difference and save lives. This session provides a general overview of protective factors, risk factors, and warning signs of suicide. In addition, information on when and where to get help will be covered. Key resources including the National Suicide Prevention Helpline will be shared throughout the session.
“Look for the poetry that grows under your feet” – Ranier Marie Rilke
Poetry, journaling, letter-writing, song lyrics, rap therapy, and free writing are only a few therapeutic writing techniques that can help individuals, families, or groups coping with grief, loss, transitions, and trauma. This presentation explores the benefits of therapeutic writing and also provides hands-on experience in using a variety of therapeutic writing techniques.