2017 Hope and Help for the Holidays and Beyond Grief Seminar
Event on 2017-11-14 08:30:00
A grief seminar providing hope and healing Tuesday, November 14, 2017 First Baptist Greenville, Fellowship Hall 847 Cleveland St. Greenville, SC 29601 8:30-9:00 Registration and Coffee 9:00-10:50 General Session - The Empty Chair at the Table: How Do you DO the Holidays that First Year and Beyond - Megan Devine 11:00-12:15 Small Group Topics Session 1 - Choice from five (5) smaller sessions (see below) 12:15-1:15 Lunch – provided 1:15-2:30 Small Group Topics Session 2 - Choice of five (5) smaller sessions (see below) 2:40-3:00 Closing Message of Hope REGISTRATION INFORMATION This seminar is for anyone who has experienced loss and grief as well as professionals who help grieving individuals and families. There is no fee to attend this seminar. It is provided as a service to our community. Lunch is provided. Four (4) hrs of FREE Continuing Education Credits are available for professionals who help grieving individuals, such as Nurses, Counselors and Therapists, Social Workers, Chaplains, Clergy Members, Guidance Counselors, Psychologists, Educators and Long Term Care Administrators Presented by Interim Healthcare Hospice, Mackey Mortuary, Woodlawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Dillard Funeral Home, Hillcrest Memorial Park, Greenville Memorial Gardens, Oconee Memorial Park and Palmetto Cremation Service. Please register by Friday, November 10, 2017 You may register in any of the following ways: ONLINE: www.holidaygriefseminar.com PHONE: 864-325-3526 MAIL: Mackey Mortuary, Attn: Kathryn Helt, 311 Century Drive, Greenville, SC 29607 2017 SMALL GROUP TOPICS Morning Topics (11 am - 12:15 pm) Grief 101 and Beyond: Keeping It Simple, Usable, Hopeful - S. Latessa, RN, BSN, MEd, LISW-CP, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Certified Spiritual Director How Do I Feel Alive Again? – Megan Devine, LPC, www.refugeingrief.com (11 AM) Loss of Spouse : Reconstructing a Life - Teresa Lewis, M.Div., Chaplain with Open Arms Hospice Facing Life after the Death of an Adult Child - Alice M Keagy, LPC, Robin’s Nest Counseling, LLC, Easley SC (11 AM) Coping through Creativity in Everyday Life - Laura Langston, MM, MT-BC, Bereavement Coordinator & Music Therapist for Interim HealthCare Hospice Helping Children and Adolescents Through Grief and Loss – Lyn Cherry Stribling, MSW, LPC (FOR THE PROFESSIONAL) Afternoon Topics (1:15 pm to 2:30 pm) Grief 101 and Beyond: Keeping It Simple, Usable, Hopeful - S. Latessa, RN, BSN, MEd, LISW-CP, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Certified Spiritual Director Meaning, Thriving and Grief: Challenge and Opportunity - Dianne Greyerbiehl, PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Board Certified Coach (BCC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Spiritual Director (SD), Director and Owner of Life Coaching Institute, Inc. trading as MeaningSighttm Grieving in a Winter Wonderland; Practical Ideas for Hoping and Coping during the Holidays - Andrew Johnston, MDiv MA LPC-I, Therapist at the Greenville Relationship Institute “Blessed & Highly Favored:” Understanding the Importance of Spirituality, the Church and the Pastor in supporting the African-American Grief Process – Mildred D. Williams, MA, MA, ABD, Associate Professor of Psychology/Social Science Internship Coordinator, Southern Wesleyan University (FOR PROFSSIONAL) For the Rest of Your Days: Bearing the Impact and Coping with the Loss of a Child – Linda Findlay, Founder and Program Director, Mourning Discoveries Grief Support Services Book Signing for Megan Devine of IT’S OKAY YOU ARE NOT OKAY (No CEUs given) FACILITATORS AND TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS For the Rest of Your Days: Bearing the Impact and Coping with the Loss of a Child – Linda Findlay, Founder and Program Director, Mourning Discoveries Grief Support Services Description: The death of a child has a profound effect on parents and families that lasts a lifetime. There is nothing more unbearable than the reality of walking the rest of your days on this Earth without your child. This workshop will examine the affects of grief on bereaved parents and families. It will provide useful coping skills that can be helpful and information about how to locate grief support resources on the Internet and in the community. Bio: Linda Findlay became a bereaved parent after the loss of her daughter in 1989. Linda founded Mourning Discoveries, Grief Support Services in 1991. Since that time she has filled the role of Aftercare Coordinator for funeral homes across the country. Linda is the author of a six-book set called the “Family Care Series”, titled, “Mourning Discoveries-A guide to help families navigate through grief towards healing”. Linda has also continually facilitated bereavement support groups as a hospice volunteer and a trained lay counselor. Grief 101 and Beyond: Keeping It Simple, Usable, Hopeful - S. Latessa, RN, BSN, MEd, LISW-CP, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Certified Spiritual Director Session Description: In these sessions you will learn some historical aspects of grief, types of grief, normal responses to grief, and some tools to help you through. These sessions are welcoming, warm, interactive, and open to the community and professionals alike. They will be held in a circle format around a comforting (faux) campfire. Bio: In her nursing career, Latessa worked in many arenas, from the emergency department to Veterans Affairs. It was these realms, coupled with her own personal losses (resulting in PTSD and complicated grief), which influenced her to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work. This led to hospice care where she worked with the dying and bereaved, facilitated grief support groups, and created and taught grief education programs for the community and professionals. She feels blessed to have survived and thrived, and humbled and honored to help others do the same. How Do I Feel Alive Again? – Megan Devine, LPC, www.refugeingrief.com Session Description: What happens when grief shifts from those relentless early days of pain into the vast no-man’s land of daily survival? Life hasn’t re-started for you, and you’re not sure how it possibly can. Join Megan in this session, exploring ways to find a spark of life in the desert, and how to follow it on into the future. Bio: Speaking on grief and loss in a way that neither dismisses pain, nor denies healing, author Megan Devine encourages audiences to rethink their relationship to loss - and to love. Her talks and workshops help people build truly supportive personal and professional relationships. With a specialization in grief due to out-of-order or unusual deaths and other life altering events, Megan's approachable techniques provide simple (though not easy) ways to love each other better - no matter what life brings. A licensed psychotherapist, grief advocate, and sought after speaker, her new book, It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand, is available from Sounds True on October 1st. “Blessed & Highly Favored:” Understanding the Importance of Spirituality, the Church and the Pastor in supporting the African-American Grief Process – Mildred D. Williams, MA, MA, ABD, Associate Professor of Psychology/Social Science Internship Coordinator, Southern Wesleyan University Session Description: Historically, African- Americans have been known to seek emotional, mentally, spiritually and socially support solely from the Black church and the Black Pastor. The purpose then of this session would be to give those in attendance a clearer understanding of the importance of spirituality, the church and the pastor in supporting the African- American grief process. Bio: Mildred D. Williams is a 1987 graduate of Rutgers University in N.J where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree from Webster University in Counseling and a Master of Arts Degree from Webster University in Human Resource Development. Mildred did doctoral work at Capella University in Human Services and was ABD. She’s currently pursuing more doctoral work at Piedmont International University where she’s studying for a PH.D in Leadership. She will complete this work in December of 2018. She currently serves full-time as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Southern Wesleyan University in Central S.C. Facing Life after the Death of an Adult Child - Alice M Keagy, LPC, Robin’s Nest Counseling, LLC, Easley SC Session Description: Facing Life After the Death of an Adult Child will explore newer perspectives in the understanding of bereavement compared to prior stage model for bereavement. Alice will also discuss life before the loss of the child and what life may look like after the loss of a child. Bio: A licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor, Alice has a private practice, Robin’s Nest Counseling LLC, with an office in Easley, South Carolina. Alice specializes in grief counseling, anxiety-related disorders and families with children who have chronic illness, but she works with children, teenagers and adults dealing with many different life issues. Grieving in a Winter Wonderland; Practical Ideas for Hoping and Coping during the Holidays - Andrew Johnston, MDiv MA LPC-I, Therapist at the Greenville Relationship Institute Session Description: This presentation will offer practical tools for navigating grief during the holiday season. If you are dealing with a loss, or if you care for others who are grieving, you will leave this session with helpful tips and strategies. Bio: Andrew is a therapist in private practice who specializes in working with emotions and with relationships. He has a degree in counseling from Eastern Mennonite University, a certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Utah, and a divinity degree from Emory University. Prior to his work as a therapist, he has worked as a pastor, a bereavement counselor, and worked in nonprofit administration. He has also spent 4 years as a stay-at-home parent for his two children. Meaning, Thriving and Grief: Challenge and Opportunity - Dianne Greyerbiehl, PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Board Certified Coach (BCC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Spiritual Director (SD), Director and Owner of Life Coaching Institute, Inc. trading as MeaningSighttm Session Description: Losing someone dear to you has a positive meaning within your suffering. There is a path of transformation out of the grief and into a fulfilling and vibrant life. This presentation addresses that way out through discussing and applying three categories of evidence-based tools for transforming grief into a new life of thriving, meaning, purpose and spiritual connection. These tools are research based from brain science, positive psychology and quantum physics. Bio: With a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience, three master’s degrees in counseling, speech pathology and business, Dianne’s postdoctoral work was in aging and training as a spiritual director. With over 30 years working with people with disabilities, people in life transitions and other life stressors and those who are highly sensitive persons (HSP), Dianne creates a thriving life imbued with meaning and purpose. Loving, Losing and Finding One’s Way: A Widow’s Journey - Teresa Lewis, M.Div., Chaplain with Open Arms Hospice Session Description: Losing a spouse can be one of the most difficult journeys a person has to take. And unfortunately, we often have to take it alone. It’s a grief like none other – and few understand it – unless they too have been there before. Come join others who have been there! Teresa will lead this discussion not only from her wealth of professional experience walking with others but also from her own personal experience of losing her own partner. This workshop will help those who are grieving as well as caregivers recognize the various physical, emotional, psychological, behavioral and spiritual effects of grief, and identify signs and symptoms of the grief, peripheral losses, external and internal resources to help one cope, and ways to rebuild one’s life and establish a new normal. Bio: Tereas has served as chaplain of Open Arms Hospice for the last 8 years. Her first 6 years there her dual role of Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator provided Teresa the opportunity of walking with families prior to and following their loss. Teresa’s most recent experience with the loss of her own husband has given her a deeper understanding of the grief journey. She now combines life experience, education, and lessons from those she serves to help others in their time of grief. With a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling , Teresa is a member of Association of Death Education and Counseling and Association of Professional Chaplains. In her free time Teresa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending worship, singing, listening to music and reading. Helping Children and Adolescents Through Grief and Loss – Lyn Cherry Stribling, , MSW, LPC (FOR THE PROFESSIONAL) Session Description: Assisting children and teens through the difficulties of death loss can be challenging for even the best of mental health professionals. In this effective and stimulating session, professionals will understand how the developmental stages of the child affects her or his experience of grief and loss. We will discuss issues that complicate a child’s grief and identify methods for helping parents or significant others help their own child. In the process we will discover and overcome the obstacles to successfully counseling children through their mourning journey. Bio: With a BS in psychology and a Masters in Social Work, Lyn has developed an extensive reputation in the mental health community both as a LPC Supervisor and an effective therapeutic practitioner with children and teens. Over a 38 year career in a variety of positions and state and private non-private, non-profit agencies in Anderson and Greenville counties, Lyn has worked in family counseling, domestic violence, abuse and neglect, mental health, with substance abuse a primary focus on children, youth and teens. Coping through Creativity in Everyday Life - Laura Langston, MM, MT-BC, Bereavement Coordinator & Music Therapist for Interim HealthCare Hospice Session Description: Grieving a loss can often take away our interest in self-expression through creativity. Ironically, times of grief are when self-expression can be the most important. We often associate creativity with special talent or with grand art projects, but creativity can be expressed accessibly in the everyday life of every one of us. Learn how you can use everyday creativity to cope in your grief. Bio: Laura Langston, MM, MT-BC has been a hospice clinician for the past 4 years and holds two degrees in music therapy. She has presented numerous times at conferences for the American Music Therapy Association at both the regional and national levels.
at First Baptist Church
847 Cleveland Street
Greenville, United States