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The Art of “Companioning” the Mourner: Caring Versus Curing

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Denning's of Strathroy

32 Metcalfe Street West

Strathroy, ON N7G 1M6

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Purpose: This informative workshop will help us enhance your knowledge and skills related to supporting people experiencing grief and loss. Anchored in Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s “companioning” model of grief care, there will be a recognition of how grief and mourning are normal and necessary experiences that are fundamentally a journey of the heart and soul. A critical distinction between caring versus curing will be outlined. You will go away with a wealth of knowledge surrounding the transformative nature of grief.

Who Should Attend: This workshop will be helpful to anyone who wants to learn more about essential caregiving principles for caring for grieving persons. It will be particularly helpful to counselors, social workers, clergy, chaplains, nurses and lay ministers. If you know someone who would find this helpful, encourage them to register!

Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop the participant will be able to: - Define a Broader Framework for Loss/Grief - Explain the Distinction Between “Caring” versus “Curing” - Understand the Eleven Tenets of “Companioning” versus “Treating” the Mourner - Identify the Concept of “Shadow of the Ghosts” of Grief Define Six Universal Needs of Mourning

Agenda: Among the content areas to be explored in this workshop are the following: • Exploring a Broader Framework for Loss/Grief • How our Culture Values “Cure” Over “Care” • Understanding the Concepts of “Sanctuary” and “Hospitality” that require Convalescence • Defining the Concept of “Shadow of the Ghosts” • Exploring Inappropriate Socio-Cultural Assumptions About Grief • Challenging the “Resolution Wish” • Introduction to the Eleven Tenets of “Companioning” the Mourner • Advocating for the Slow Grief Movement

About the Presenter: Dr. Alan Wolfelt is a noted author, educator, and grief counselor. Recipient of the Association for Death Education and Counseling’s Death Educator Award, he serves as the Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition (www.centerforloss.com) in Fort Collins, CO. He is also a faculty member of the University of Colorado Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine.

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