The only constant now is loss.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us have lost loved ones AND the comfort of mourning together as families and communities.
We’ve all lost time, routines, income, connections... The normalcy of life as we knew it is gone.
Not only that, but many of your clients are struggling with trauma. And ALL trauma has grief because trauma IS loss.
The loss of innocence, trust, freedom, stability, even their worldview may be shattered after trauma.
Grief is a normal reaction to trauma, which means that if you treat clients with trauma, you also need to know how to treat grief.
Knowing Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s renowned five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) is a start. But there’s more to it than that.
In fact, a sixth stage of grief has been officially added to the grieving framework (with permission from her family and The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation).
And it’s here, in this stage, where clients find the power to transform their grief, move away from suffering, and find peace and hope after loss.
In this all-new online course from the world’s foremost expert on grief, David Kessler, you’ll discover how to guide clients and patients through life’s worst moments to find a life worth living.
Register now to discover the new insight, tools, strategies, and inspiring information that will enhance your work with clients dealing with trauma and any kind of loss.
“People always want to know if there is life after death for their loved ones.
I believe there is, but more importantly, there is life after death for the living.
I want to help them find meaning that honours their loved ones.
Sometimes when we are at our worst, we can find our best.”
~ David Kessler
" Finding Meaning is a brilliant, caring, practical guild to help us understand grief and embrace this important ‘sixth stage.’ ... David Kessler gifts us with deep insights and life-affirming wisdom that can support our well-being. " — Daniel Siegel, MD
" The sad truth is that loss leaves us not knowing what to do or to feel. David Kessler has provided us with a grief compass and a way to find meaning in loss. I will be going back and re-reading it for years to come. " — Denise Jablonski-Kaye, PhD, LAPD Police Psychologist
" David has eloquently articulated an essential component of living with grief: the ability to construct meaning out of tragedy. The book is filled with wisdom and heart, beckoning and inspiring readers to live their lives in harmony with their loved one’s legacy. " — Fredda Wasserman, MA, MPH, LMFT, CT
- Why the stages were never meant to be linear
- What is making meaning in grief?
- Types of meaning making
- How meaning can help remember the person who died with more love than pain
- Why a sixth stage is the key to recovery from grief
- Keys to finding acceptance and moving into the sixth stage
- Mirroring techniques
- The cost of trying to “fix” those who are grieving
- Go beyond active listening skills to connect
- The consequence of trying to find meaning too early
- Strategies to address guilt, shame and stigma in grief
- How to increase resilience after loss
- Use positive psychology to increase the possibility of post traumatic growth
- Understand the “meaning” we attach to the traumatic loss or death
- How to decrease catastrophizing after loss
- Learn ways to instil good memories instead of painful ones
- Simplifying grief models and exploring new models, including resiliency and Option B
- Meaning making as a new tool for dealing with murder, multiple losses, Alzheimer’s
- Techniques for strength-based grief counselling
- Post traumatic growth vs Post traumatic trauma
- Techniques for releasing the obsessive replaying of the trauma/death
- Understand the impact of child loss
- Learn ways to be comfortable with treating this type of loss
- Techniques for helping parents who are often grieving differently
- Learn ways to help sustain the marriage through tremendous loss
- Ways to help parents deal with the discomfort of living and loving again
- Address intimacy issues that may come up in grief
- Tools for dealing with the “what if’s” and “if only’s”
- Understand the true “why” of death by suicide
- Ways to help others find peace again
- Meaning making for healing self-blame
- How to help loved one’s sort through the shame and isolation
- Understand the roles they did and didn’t play in an addiction death
- Shootings/hurricanes/earthquakes and terrorist’s acts
- Techniques for approaching horrific crime and/or disaster scenes
- The impact of natural vs. manmade disasters
- Use meaning to reframe divorce and heal shame
- Heal after betrayal by understanding its meaning
- Understand the true meaning of marriage after it ends
- Interpret the meaning behind negative reoccurring patterns
- Negative meanings we make after a relationship ends
- Learn techniques to heal a relationship after death
- Understand patterns that can heal that relationship and help in all future relationships
- Learn ways to help your client find peace in difficult relationships
- Effective and ineffective models of continuing connections for living a full life
- Use the model of continuing bonds and connections for healing
- Learn ways to normalize client experiences around continued connections with loved ones that have died
This training is for anyone and everyone, since we’ll all experience grief. CPD is provided for:
- Social Workers
- Case Managers
- Marriage & Family Therapists
- Chaplains/Clergy Hospitals
- Palliative Care Services
- Other Mental Health Professionals
(a $136.80 value!)
Grief gets stuck in our body and the body remembers. Sometimes consciously or unconsciously we push grief down until we feel nothing, which can then manifest as illness or depression, or until it explodes in anger, self-harm, and other negative behaviours.
But Grief Yoga—even this simple chair practice that anyone can do—helps clients address their pain and release pent-up emotions from their body to find emotional freedom and a path forward to healing.
Life during the Covid-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone. We’re experiencing many collective losses, and many individuals are grieving loved ones. How do we honour our grief during a time when our traditional mourning rituals have been stripped away? In this video, David gives practical tips and strategies for processing these many layers of grief so we can all move forward, together and individually.
Your clients may be asking for a clear direction out of their pain. How do you deal with questions like, “When will this pain end?” How and when can you help the client shift from feeling pain to experiencing healing?
In this digital seminar, David Kessler looks closely at how death shapes our grief, and explores appropriate interventions and talking points to use in your session.
You’ll leave this training with a better understanding of how to approach the sensitivities of grief and learn the importance of grieving in your clients’ healing process.
These powerful coping strategies can help anyone heal and rebuild after loss. This easy-to-use card deck has 55 practices that focus on your response to loss, understanding grief, and healing - all remembering that grief is evidence of your love.
David Kessler is the world’s foremost expert on grief and loss. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, and Life Magazine, and on CNN, Fox, NBC, PBS, and CBS. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life, even after life’s tragedies.Click here for information about David Kessler