“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”
Grief is the internal and natural response to loss. Everyone, either in their personal or professional life, will inevitably be faced with a situation of loss and resultant grief. 2020 has been a year marked with global loss and grief, bringing these experiences front and center in the lives of many people.
Unfortunately, North America is a largely death phobic and grief illiterate culture, making it challenging to know the best way to help. Grief literacy is something that is needed, now more than ever, for us personally and professionally.
We are proud to be hosting a two-part (6 hours total) virtual learning experience designed to improve your understanding of grief; both death related and non-death related. In this virtual workshop, you will learn about grief and loss, the historical significance of death symbols and rituals, and how in modern culture we have lost many of these helpful rituals, and adopted many unhelpful strategies and cliches to avoid the pain caused by grief. To counteract this modern view, you will learn about a helpful and effective model of grief support called the Companioning Model. Companioning is about…
Importantly, this workshop will provide an opportunity to explore how you relate to your own personal losses and the importance of doing our own grief work, especially if you are going to be supporting others.
You will leave this workshop with a holistic and deeper understanding of grief, and feel more comfortable in supporting others.
Who Should Attend?
This workshop will be appropriate for anyone who is involved with care-giving to someone who has suffered a loss – perhaps in a professional role, or personal. The Companioning Model does not require any professional designation to employ. All it requires as a “prerequisite” is an open heart and willingness to learn about someone else’s experience. If you are wondering if this workshop is appropriate for you to attend, contact Sandy (email@example.com or 780-916-2417) and she can discuss it with you.
September 12th, 2020
9:00 am – Noon
September 19th, 2020
9:00 am – Noon
Hosted on the Zoom Platform
Sandy Ayre is an Occupational Therapist with a Certificate in Death and Grief Studies Certificate through the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins Colorado. She works on the Tertiary Palliative Care Unit at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, supporting patients and families at the end of life. She also is a certified yoga instructor. Since 2009 she has been providing Yoga for Grief Support – a grief support group in Edmonton that uses yoga and meditation as a supportive modality. You can find her classes online as well at www.yogaforgriefsupport.com
In 2019 Sandy offered a 2-day grief workshop that was very well received by the participants. This virtual offering is based on the same information, however, abridged to be delivered virtually. The following are some testimonials:
“This is a very valuable workshop that all healthcare workers should have access to, to help educate and enhance the knowledge base to a topic that is not taught or talked about, but as a healthcare worker are exposed to constantly. Having tools and resources to help guide healthcare professionals on a topic that touches everyone is invaluable.”
“Great workshop, the presenter was warm, knowledgeable and caring.”
“Sandy is an amazing presenter, gave lots of pauses and time to reflect.”
“Sandy answered everything in detail and honestly. I liked her knowledge and experience while allowing us to explore answers.”
“Calm, well-paced, organized. Thanks for including self-care and resources. Quite helpful.”