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Harold Ivan Smith

Program for Professionals:

The Heroes You Never See

Bringing Your Whole Self to Compassionate Care Settings

A virtual program for caregiving professionals, including Hospice and Healthcare Professionals, Funeral Directors, Counselors/Therapists, and Volunteer Caregivers.

Sooner or later, regardless of credentials, vita, resume, or years of service, a professional experiences the “I don’t know what to say” moment. Such moments immediately challenge our sense of professional competence. What happens with that moment is critical for a client and for the clinician. Such moments offer an opportunity to be an accompanero–one who accompanies in the absence of solutions; one who shows up and keeps showing up!
Stress is the oxygen in many professional and personal settings. Some servants in ministry environments, although excellent in offering kind compassionate care to parishioners, clients and patients, may be slow to implement personal “kind care.” One consequence is burnout or compassion fatigue. How can first-person, singular kind care make a difference in serving others day after day? And how will kind care shape your legacy?

Tuesday, April 11th, 2023

8:00am Pacific / 9:00am Mountain / 10:00am Central / 11:00am Eastern 

Suggested Donation: $15

Registration Required. Certificate of Completion provided upon request to attendees.

 

Program for the Community:

There’s A Lot More to Grief than Stages

 A virtual program for anyone who has experienced a loss or is supporting a grieving loved one through loss.

Grief is about far more than processing through five stages. This seminar examines new understandings of grief – particularly the tasks of grief – plus the role of resilience. We will also look at non-finite losses such as divorce, loss of a job, etc.

Tuesday April 11th, 2023

4:00pm Pacific / 5:00pm Mountain / 6:00pm Central / 7:00pm Eastern 

Suggested donation: $15

Registration Required.

 

About the Presenter: 

Harold Ivan Smith, MA, ED.S., FT, DMin

 

Harold Ivan Smith is a grief specialist on the teaching faculties of Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, and the Carondolet Medical Institute in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is recognized as a Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. He received the Distinguished Service Award from ADEC in 2009. He earned the doctorate from Asbury Theological Seminary and the EdS. from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He graduated from the MidAmerican School of Funeral Service. He speaks frequently to grievers and grief counselors and educators. He has lectured in Vietnam, Taiwan, Switzerland, England and Haiti. He has facilitated Grief Gatherings, creative storytelling groups for grievers, at Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, for eighteen years. His primary research is on borrowing narratives from the grief of U.S. Presidents and First Ladies. His book, Griefkeeping: Learning How Long Grief Lasts, chronicles the grief of sixteen presidents and eight first ladies.