GRIEVING A STIGMATIZED LOSS: HOW PARENTS AND SIBLINGS HEAL, A PANEL
With Cathy Seehuetter, Steve Roberts, Jill Greczek, Carolyn Porter
A child’s death from any cause is devastating, but when their death is from suicide, homicide, disease of addiction, mental illness, or other stigmatized manner, the grief of the surviving loved ones is often complicated by stigma and shame. How does one cope with all the feelings of complicated grief such as anger, guilt, betrayal, and depression when often no one wants to talk openly about your loss? A panel of individuals with varied types of stigmatized loss will share their own grief experience and coping strategies useful in dealing with their loss to not only survive but to thrive. Attendees of this workshop should expect open discussions in a supportive environment.
Pecan – Saturday 10:30AM
FINDING A NEW PURPOSE TO LIFE
Presented by Ghislaine Thomsen
How can one thrive while going through the unimaginable? Finding a new purpose to life after the death of her daughter was a turning point in Ghislaine’s grief journey. A testimonial and a very interactive workshop on how finding a new purpose to life can, not only bring hope and healing, but bring a sense of accomplishment, a sense that the bereaved parent, grandparent or sibling is continuing to honor their loved one in the most loving way. All are welcome.
Elm – Saturday 10:30AM
Presented by Alan Pedersen
Are you further down the road in your grief journey? If so, you may be ready to change the way you feel. This interactive workshop is for those who are ready to transform their losses and find hope, healing, and joy again. You will learn 10 tools techniques for reducing bereavement stress and will develop skills for healing after loss. Participants have reported that they left this workshop feeling more hopeful and energized and learned techniques that could be used anywhere.
Magnolia – Saturday 10:30
WHEN GRANDPARENTS LOSE A GRANDCHILD: THE REALITIES OF OUT OF SEQUENCE LOSS
Created by Bradley and Bonita Vinson
When a child dies, the grandparents experience grief in a profound, indescribable way, so different from any other relationship to the child. Some describe the depth of pain and recovery as much more intense than other losses they have experienced. Compounding grief and the relationship with the child's parents, grandparents are tasked with processing their own grief while simultaneously assisting their own child with losing a child. This session will engage participants by highlighting differences ln grief for grandparents, exploring and expanding the grief stages model, and making suggestions for the grandparent grief journey as well as the journey of their children and others around them when a child has died. Presenters will engage participants in a lively discussion of tips and truths about grandparent grief that will aid in their recovery. This session will be helpful for anyone else desiring to understand the complexities of the grief journey of bereaved grandparents.
Pecan – Saturday 1:00
AM I STILL A PARENT? BECOMING CHILDLESS
Presented by Steve Roberts
This workshop covers not only the loss of a child (or all children) but the singular grief and additional questions that come with becoming suddenly childless. "Am I still a parent?", "How do I answer the question 'do you have children'?", "Who will care for me in my old age?" and many more. Becoming childless presents a unique set of challenges. In this workshop, we will attempt to touch on many of the issues "now childless" parents may be reluctant to discuss.
Elm – Saturday 1:00
MEN’S PANEL: MEN EXPLAINING MEN TO WOMEN
With Bill Mercer, Steve Roberts, Ronnie Plotkin, Mike Greczek
We all hear that men and women grieve "differently," but is that true? ls the grief experience so different for a Dad than it is for a Mom? This interactive question and answer format is designed to help women understand the grief experiences of male partners and if "gender grief" truly exists. The goal is honest conversation about the grieving male mindset, how male partners grieve, why they might be acting differently; to discuss openly how men communicate ( or not), and how to better support their wife, as well as fielding honest questions on how women can best support their husband. No sincerely questioned topic is taboo! Each participant will be encouraged to anonymously write their concerns and placed in a "fishbowl" for open candid discussion. Direct questions from "the floor" will also be welcomed.
Magnolia – Saturday 1:00