Grief and Loss Seminars
When you lose someone you love, it’s hard to know where to turn. The heartbreaking grief is overwhelming. Similarly, when you are trying to help someone else through their grief, it is difficult to find the right words and know how to help. On October 16th and 17th Oliver’s will be hosting workshops that provide education for the bereaved and for those working with and caring for them.
This year, we are honoured to have Dr. Bill Webster leading these seminars. Bill is the founder and executive Director of the Centre for the Grief Journey. Widowed in 1983, Bill struggled to come to terms with his own loss, as well as the task of bringing up his two sons, who were 9 and 7 when their mother died. After graduating from the University of Toronto with his doctorate in 1990, Bill began facilitating grief support programs in numerous communities.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:00pm – For The Public
Floods of Tears, Rivers of Healing: Dr. Bill Webster will share the strategies he utilized to get through his grief process; together with some of the ways he was able to take a whole new look at life and what and how it can still be meaningful even after a loss. Refreshments will be served.
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 9:00am–4:00pm – For Professionals & Caregivers*
Lunch will be provided. Topics Covered Include:
Traditional Theories, Practical Strategies: Understanding a griever’s reactions and supporting them through the grief process.
Contrasting Sudden Death & Anticipatory Grief: Different dynamics between sudden death and anticipated death, factors that can complicate the grieving process, and strategies of support.
The Grief of the Caregiver: Strategies for those affected by the sights, sounds and smells of the sometimes-traumatic situations caregivers face?
What’s it All About?: What are the taboos surrounding death and why have they come about? How do we react to them? What is life and death all about?
To attend either session, please register online at oliversfuneralhome.com or by phone 780.532.2929. Both sessions are complimentary. Please register by Friday, September 29th. Late registration will be accepted based by availability.
*This is a closed event for doctors, nurses, clergy, pastoral workers, hospice workers, counsellors, and individuals working in the practices of caring for the bereaved, members of the general public are encouraged to attend the Wednesday evening seminar.