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CONTINUING BONDS: BUILDING ENDURING CONNECTIONS IN LOSS AND GRIEF - Applying ‘Continuing Bonds Theory’ to promote compassionate and healthy grief.

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Beate Steller
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The push to “let go”, to “get over your loss” and to “move on” have finally been accepted as unhelpful strategies when working through loss and grief. The Continuing Bonds Theory (Klass, Silverman & Nickman 1996) has paved new understandings for the importance of connecting with ones’ loss and developing a new relationship with the loss. Although physically absent, the loved one or what has significantly been changed, remains present and impactful in the life of the bereaved.

With many decades of grief theory that focused on closure, acceptance, and moving on, it is no wonder that so many grievers feel awkward or judged about maintaining ties with their deceased loved one after a certain period of time.  Many now believe that healthy grief involves finding a new and different relationship with the person who is lost.  This one-day workshop will provide an opportunity to develop processes and new understandings when working with loss and grief in our client work.

Drawing on the work of Robert Neimeyer (2018) the ‘Continuing Bonds Theory’ of loss and grief will be explored with opportunities to creatively experience the skills of connecting to loss. Participants can experience and incorporate many practical concepts with practice in the skills of building continuing bonds with the people that have been lost through death or  with significant changes that have created loss in life.

A ‘Continuing Bond’ does not mean that people live in the past but rather it supports people to find ways of connecting to their loss without minimising or being debilitated by the experience. This offers an opportunity to bring lessons of the loss into the present moment.  This work invites people to work with the paradox of life and explores ways to make sense of the past, the present and the future. Losses create a tension of both an absence and a presence for the bereaved which cannot be ignored in the bereavement process. Participants will learn to appreciate, to practice and to incorporate this approach more consciously in grief support work.

Feedback from Beate's recent presentations of this training:

“Very good!! Great info. Lots of links to resources.”

“So much great content. Beate´ is fabulous.”

“Would have loved two days. Loved the body map and image exercise.”

“Very informative and practical – thank – you!”

“Excellent” “Fantastic”

“It was the best PDP Seminar I have attended. Informative, educational, hands on. Everyone was involved it was interactive, different variety of resources used. Really enjoyed it.”

“Great learning today. Thank you.”

“Beate´ shares a lot of relevant, hands on stories that brings reality to the theory and information. Beate´ is a wonderfully warm engaging presenter.”

“Practical, usable, and far more grounded that I had imagined!”

“Wonderful, valuable day – really opened my thinking on loss and grief leaving me feeling much more confident to support my grieving clients (and myself and family). 


PDP Live Webcast - One full day

Our continuing professional development events meet the quality standard recognised by many relevant
professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, mental health
nursing, community work, counselling, psychotherapy and more. 

This event provides 6 hours of live interactive training and participants are required to complete the quiz in order to retrieve their certificate of completion. 

We recommend checking with your association for the correct calculation of points for this event. 



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Master of Adult Education, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Specialised in Experienced Based Education, Adult Education and Social Movements, Autobiographical Learning, Adult Education and Cultural Diversity, Contemporary Issues in Adult Education. Bachelor of Social Work with Honours, University of NSW, Specialised in community development work and group work skills. Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. The Centre for Community Welfare Training, Sydney.

Beate Steller brings over 35 years of experience in a variety of sectors and industries to her role as a principal Training and Development Consultant. Beate also currently works as a Spiritual Wellbeing Coordinator and Social Worker/ Counsellor in aged and palliative care. She has been an adult educator since 1992, for the Centre for Community Welfare Training, the Australian College of Applied Psychology and Lifeline Sydney. For over a decade Beate has specialized in grief and loss education/counselling and transition counselling and has been on the Board of NALAG (National Association for Loss and Grief) since 2009. She had her first book published in 2017 called Tech-connect –Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care. She has both graduate and post graduate qualifications in Adult Education, Social Work and Nursing, holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. Beate completed in 2019 her second Master Degree in Ageing and Pastoral Studies and focused her research on Mindfulness Meditation Groups in Aged Care and its Relevance for Spiritual Growth and Wellbeing. Beate also holds professional membership with the AASW, the NSW Health Services Profession (as a Registered Nurse), and Spiritual Care Australia.

Registration Details

Registration fee $199

- Recorded version available to view for 3 months after event.

- Attendance Certificate for 6 hours of interactive training. 
Additional​ viewer$99

- Watch the event with the Primary Participant

- Recorded version available to view for 1 month after event.

- Attendance Certificate for 6 hours of interactive training. 


This seminar provides 6 hours for CPD points.


Reminders will be sent prior to your live webcast event with a link to your account at where you will see your purchased webcasts.

You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone upon which to view and participate.


  1. Learn about the effectiveness and evidence of the Continuing Bonds Theory and its impact on the grieving process.
  2. Experience creative processes in the context of building continuing bonds in loss and grief.
  3. Learn how to provide support to your clients who are looking to connect to their loss.
  4. Experience and explore many practical ideas and practice the skills of building continuing bonds with the people that have been lost through death.
  5. Reaffirm self-care practices for the grief support person/ bereavement counsellor.

“The Continuing Bonds Theory invites us to work with loss and grief in new creative ways, opening up possibilities of connecting with one’s loss even though it seems traditionally contradictory.”   Beate Steller

  • Discover and practice new understandings of working with client’s losses.
  • Acknowledge and normalise many grief related behaviours.
  • Work with loss and grief in a ways that open novel possibilities to find meaning in the midst of significant change.
  • Open grief-support work to creative expressions that unlock unexpected possibilities of personal growth.


  Morning Session (includes a short morning tea break)

  • Welcome and overview of the day.
  • Continuing Bonds theory, its history and significance in grief work. Insights from Robert Neimeyer and other authors in this field.
  • Strategies that provide support to clients who are looking to connect to their loss.
  • Experience and practice building creative processes in building continuing bonds in the loss and grief work.

Afternoon Session (includes a short afternoon tea break)

  • Role plays and develop strategies that open up opportunities to build connections with the client’s losses.
  • Experience and explore many practical ideas and practice the skills of building continuing bonds with the people that have been lost through death.
  • Reaffirm self-care practices for the grief support person/ bereavement counsellor.

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Social Workers and Psychiatrists with little knowledge of 'COntinuing Bonds/ and Grief practice.

Webcast Schedule

Session One :      ​9:15 AM– 10:50 AM

Break :                 10:50 AM – 11:10 AM

Session Two :      11:10 AM – 12:45 AM

Lunch Break :      12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Session Three :   1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Break :                 2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Session Four:      3:00 PM – 4:15 PM


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