Understanding Traumatic Loss – WhatsYourGrief – with the HeartLight Center


A virtual program for caregiving professionals, including Healthcare workers, Victim Advocates, Therapists, Counselors, Funeral Directors, Hospice Workers ***** In the relationship between traumatic loss, grief, and PTS, there is a lot of confusion. This training will provide professionals with a framework for understanding the relationship between acute stress, trauma, and grief, as well as identifying the impact of trauma responses on bereavement. Building on the shattered assumptions theory of trauma and post-traumatic growth research, professionals will learn practical approaches to support individuals who have experienced traumatic losses. ***** The session will specifically consider the potential impact on a family’s grief experience when death was a result of COVID or occurred during COVID. ***** Learning Objectives • Describe common and unique patterns of stress and trauma response in both anticipated and unanticipated deaths. • Identify intersections of and disjunctions between grief responses and trauma responses, including the impact of trauma responses on the bereavement process. • Explore the effects of stigma and self-stigma on the grief process and as barriers to healing. • Review the existing research and clinical observations of individuals who lost loved ones to, and during, COVID-19. • Provide evidence-informed practical approaches to supporting the positive personal change following traumatic loss, including changes in role and identity, new ways of relating, existential or spiritual beliefs, and the purpose and meaning making. ********* Tuesday May 10th, 2022 ***** 8:00-10:00 Pacific / 9:00-11:00 Mountain / 10:00-12:00 Central / 11:00-1:00 Eastern (2 Hour Program) ***** Suggested donation: $15 ***** *Certificate of Completion will be provided to attendees. Handouts and recordings will be available to registrants 1-2 weeks after the presentation date.

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May 10, 2022 (9:00 am) – May 10, 2022 (11:00 am)

Virtual with the HeartLight Center