Grief Workshops

Although grief is a natural part of life, there is little in our popular culture that supports a healthy grieving process. We are often uncomfortable knowing what to say to the bereaved, or how to provide meaningful support. Despite studies that demonstrate the significant physical and emotional impact of unresolved grief, once the funeral is over and family and friends have returned to “the real world,” the bereaved are often left feeling isolated and unsure about how to acclimate to their new reality.

GrieveWell has developed a series of presentations and workshops to build a more compassionate community. Designed by a Licensed Social Worker and experienced practitioner, GrieveWell presentations offer simple, accessible information to give community members a basic understanding of the grief process and how to support individuals in grief.

Our workshops are appropriate for a variety of settings, including schools, community centers, and workplaces. Workshops are customizable and can be adapted to fit the culture of your organization or business. Examples can be found below.

Grieve Well: Understanding Grief

Did you know that there are healthy ways to grieve? The first step is to understand this painful but important part of life. During this presentation, you will learn about grief and the effects it has on one’s physical and emotional health. You will receive information and resources to help you move through your grief journey in a way that leads toward healing. This presentation is for those who are mourning the death of a loved one, those supporting someone who is grieving, or for those who want more information about grief.

Upcoming dates: January 2019  (check back for date), 7-8:00pm
Location: Red Cross Building: 4624 Packard Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
RSVP appreciated but not required. Childcare is not provided. Call for more information: 734 975-0238

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Grieve Well During the Holidays

In an ideal world, the holiday season is filled with family, friends, and festivities. But in the real world, we know that the holidays can be a painful time for those who are grieving the loss – recent or past – of a loved one. Join us for this special, one-hour, workshop to learn about grief and helpful tips for managing grief during the holidays.

Upcoming dates:

October 25, 11am-12pm, Chelsea Senior Center

December 11, 7-8pm, Red Cross Building: 4624 Packard Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

RSVP appreciated but not required. Childcare is not provided. Call for more information: 734 975-0238

Grief in the Workplace

Grief can take a significant physical and emotional toll, and studies show that unresolved grief can lead to significant health issues including depression, cardiovascular risk, and recurring illness. In addition to its impact on employees’ health and quality of life, studies have documented the negative impact grief has on workplace productivity. Providing employees with the skills and resources to manage their response to grief can not only improve their own emotional health, but proactively addressing these issues can enhance morale, reduce burnout, and positively affect the organization’s culture and productivity.

GrieveWell has developed a range of customizable presentations and workshops to build a compassionate organizational culture that supports individuals in grief. Presentations range from a 1-hour lunch-and-learn to a 2-hour workshop, during which we will:

  • Provide a general overview of grief in order to help participants understand the range of normal grief symptoms and experiences
  • Discuss strategies for supporting work colleagues who have lost a loved one
  • Share resources to support healthy grieving

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How to Support Someone in Grief

During this workshop, participants will learn effective ways to support an individual in grief, including what to say (and what NOT to say), tips for supporting individuals in grief, and how to handle special dates such as holidays and anniversaries.

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Listen Well: Companioning the Bereaved

Going into more depth than the “Grief Support” workshop, this 2-hour interactive workshop teaches participants how to use the “compassionate listening” model to effectively support individuals in grief. Although no one can take away grief, through this workshop participants will learn theoretical and practical ways to offer companionship to the bereaved. Participants will learn and practice skills to “bear witness” to the bereaved’s experience.

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Grieve Well During the Holidays

Holidays and anniversaries can be especially difficult for those in grief. This workshop will provide strategies for easing stress during the holiday season, including ways to honor your loved one, take care of yourself, and lighten the holiday load.

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