424 The Gift of Grief

David Kessler • Saturday Morning
LOCATION: GOVERNOR’s BOARDROOM

David KesslerAs clinicians, we often feel helpless in the face of clients’ profound loss and extreme suffering. What can we say and how can we help them to “move on” in the face of a serious loss, whether it’s death, divorce, or estrangement? This workshop will step you through models of healing grief as well as new and practical techniques for helping these clients.

We’ll learn how to:

  • Apply Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s five stages of grief, learn about a possible sixth stage (the stage of meaning), and understand their updated practical application in the therapeutic setting
  • Create effective decision-making models that will help grieving families make tough decisions about seriously ill loved ones
  • Address the range of questions, fears, irrational expectations, and uncertainties that clients can harbor in the wake of the crisis of loss, such as multiple losses, sudden death, suicide

David Kessler, MA, RN, is a grief specialist, educator, and a protégé of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. His books include On Grief and Grieving (coauthored with Kübler-Ross), The Needs of the Dying, and Visions, Trips and Crowded Rooms.

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