Drawing from narrative therapy, re-membering conversations are a conversational way to facilitate comfort for people who are grieving the death of a loved one by making meaning that is supportive. Often, this means relocating stories so the deceased continue to have a place in the on-going lives of the living.
However, when relationships are complex, painful or even abusive, we need to create a different kind of support for those who are grieving. This is also true when the nature of the death was very difficult.
We need to know how to help clients talk about their mixed feelings or unanswered questions about these kinds of relationship losses. Occasionally this may even be supporting clients to turn down the volume of the deceased abuser’s voice in their lives while nurturing their own values that may have felt obstructed in this difficult relationship.
This different form of reconstructing relationship when complexities are involved creates a sense of agency for the bereaved to both make sense of their grief and reexamine aspects of their lives to live with greater resilience and integrity to their values. This online workshop will provide specific tools for grief support practitioners to do just this, within a Postmodern theoretical framework.
Who this course is for
This course is suitable for anyone who is working in a grief support role, whether as a volunteer or as a professional – counsellors, therapists, Social Workers, nurses, doctors, coaches, hospice workers, bereavement support group coordinators.
Participants who are already familiar with narrative work, Postmodernism, or Dr Hedtke’s work specifically will all love this course, but you do not have to have a grounding in all of these frameworks to take this class – Dr Hedtke will be taking you through this theory in the class.
This course is now closed.
About the Facilitator, Dr Lorraine Hedtke
Lorraine teaches about death, dying and bereavement throughout the US and internationally. Her unique ideas and practices are drawn from narrative therapy and represents a departure from the conventional models of grief psychology. Her articles have appeared in numerous professional journals and magazines. She, along with John Winslade, is the co-author of the book “Remembering lives: conversations with the dying and the bereaved”, and she has also authored “Bereavement support groups: breathing life into stories of the dead”. Her children’s book, My Grandmother is Always with Me (2005), is written with her daughter, Addie. Her new text, Breathing life into the stories of the dead: Constructing bereavement support groups (2012) is available from Taos Publishing. You can find more of Lorraine’s articles and events at RememberingPractices.com