The Tangled Web of Grief: Supporting the Grief of Others and Ourselves
The human experience of grief is always a difficult one, yet additional challenges come with navigating grief in a society that struggles with both emotional expression and mortality. Factors such as direct and indirect exposure to humanitarian crises and living through a pandemic further complicate one’s experience of grief. For direct service providers, the tangled web of grief can also entail navigating one’s own grief while supporting the profound grief of others. Yet while grief is often a heartbreaking and overwhelming experience, at its core it is a healthy one and finding ways to integrate it into one’s life is an important life skill. In this trauma-informed presentation Andrea will unpack common barriers to supporting someone who is grieving, while providing practical strategies that can be used to support a healthy grief process in oneself and others.
Learn about grief literacy
Explore common barriers to supporting people who are grieving
Examine practical strategies for providing grief support
Enhance understanding of how to care for ourselves
Build up your resources
About the facilitator:
Andrea Warnick is a Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Nurse whose passion lies in helping individuals, families and communities support people of all ages who are grieving an illness or death in their lives. With years of nursing and counselling experience both in Canada and abroad and a Masters degree in Thanatology (the study of dying and death) Andrea brings to her work a rare mixture of medical and psychosocial expertise. Andrea developed and teaches the 5 Day Certificate Program in Children’s Grief and Bereavement at SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health. She was also the lead content developer for KidsGrief.ca and KidsGrief for Educators. Once a month Andrea hosts a free monthly forum through Canadian Virtual Hospice, KidsGrief Q&A, where she responds to questions from families and professionals from across the country about supporting grieving children and youth. Andrea lives in Guelph Ontario, from where she co-owns and runs Andrea Warnick Consulting, a group practice of 30 therapists who provide grief therapy across Ontario and grief education and consultation across Canada.
If you have any questions, please contact Caley Cross - [email protected]
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