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Education & Training

for Professional and Volunteer

Grief Care Providers

 

Find the training or program that best fits your professional and organization needs.

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We truly value the Education aspect of our mission and know the importance of continued education, resources for those we serve, and opportunities for connection with fellow professionals.

At HeartLight, we know each story is unique and the pain of grief can be intensely personal. 
It is important that bereaved individuals have the meaningful support of professional and volunteer caregivers like you!

HeartLight Center is a non-profit that companions and educates people through their grief to find hope. We look forward to connecting with you soon.

Educational Signature Series

Programs for the Community and Professionals!

We welcome you to join us for upcoming presentations that explore various topics about grief, presented by professionals around the US!

Facing the Mourning Facilitator Training

 

Learn to run our flagship program, Facing the Mourning. Our facilitator training will enable you to offer this program through your organization and includes a starter package.

Please join us on July 19th for the next training on Zoom!

Loss in the Workplace

 

If your organization has experienced a loss in the workplace, we welcome you to contact us to discuss resources for a debrief group session for your employees to support you with grief in the workplace, or to help connect you with additional resources that may be helpful.

Request a Speaker

 

HeartLight Center offers a variety of educational presentations for professional organizations, community members and groups, and can be a consultation resource for you and your team for the grief work you do.

To learn more or schedule a presentation, click the button below to send us a message.

Grief Fundamentals

Whether you are grieving or working with others experiencing grief, understanding the fundamentals of grief can help us better understand what to expect, provide effective interventions, and find ways to support ourselves and those grieving.

Responding to a Disaster: Where do we go from here?

Disasters can greatly impact our human experience on all levels from individuals, families, workplaces, and communities. The ability to recognize and name what happens during a disaster can help us move forward in healthy, collaborative ways. This program will review the typical phases of a disaster, impacts of sustained stress, and introduce tools that can be immediately implemented to help individuals and teams cope with cumulative losses to prevent and address secondary trauma.

Download the Stress and Self-Care Continuum PDF Guide

Religion and Grief

Through the grief process, it is common to question religious beliefs and relationships with our faith. During the grieving process, religious leaders can have profound impacts on the grief experience. This topic will discuss ways to walk with those experiencing grief, answer questions, and guide people to find meaning in loss.

Supporting Others While You Are Grieving

When people in professional caregiving roles (therapists, clergy, religious leaders, medical staff, victim’s advocates, medical staff, first responders, etc.) are grieving, it can complicate professional roles and how we respond and continue to care for others and ourselves. This topic offers tools and resources so we can continue to support others when we are experiencing our own grief.

Sitting with Suicide Loss

Loss due to suicide presents a unique grief experience, and learning how to tend to bereaved individuals after this type of traumatic, sudden loss helps bring a different level of awareness, understanding and empathy to this type of grief.

Responding to Someone Grieving

Research supports that how we respond to people experiencing grief can deeply impact the grief experience. This topic will cover the differences between empathy and sympathy, listening versus hearing, and ways to respond to those experiencing grief.

Is This Grief… or Something Else? The differences between grief and trauma

After a loss or difficult situation, the emotions and thoughts we experience can be a result of many different things. While on the surface it may seem our responses to an event may be grief, distinguishing the differences between grief and trauma can guide interventions and tools to move through our reactions and feelings.

Grief and the Holidays

It is a common misconception that people move on and the grieving process ends with time. Holidays and anniversaries can be triggering experiences for those who are grieving. This session will review what to expect from holidays and anniversaries and how we can bring comfort, hope, and meaning-making for those who are grieving during the holidays.

Self-Care and Compassion Fatigue

Caring for ourselves is essential so we can continue to care for others. It is common for those in caregiving roles to experience compassion fatigue and burnout. This session will cover the differences between compassion fatigue, burnout, moral distress, and secondary trauma. We will then review factors that contribute to compassion fatigue and how to care for ourselves so we can continue to care for others.

Supporting Grieving Kids

While we are grieving, how do we also meet the needs of the kids in our lives? It’s common for parents and caregivers to need additional support while also supporting younger grieving individuals in our community. Learn more about grief in children and supporting bereaved adults in the role of caring for kids and themselves during the grief journey.

Grief Resources

View, Print and Explore Grief Resources!

Connect with the Colorado Grief Networking Alliance!

Join a local group of professionals from a variety of grief and loss organizations.