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Shame, Grief and Companioning the Mourner

A Program of Continued Learning and Growth for Those Who Companion the Bereaved

People become grief companions for a variety of reasons.  Many find themselves taking on this role because of their own experiences with loss. 

This ministry is both meaningful and rewarding, but it also has its challenges. 

The role of companioning requires the ability to witness someone else’s deep suffering compassionately.  This can lead to what is commonly known as “compassion fatigue.”  Everyone needs a support system to be an authentic and effective companion.

This workshop will explore intentional ways grief companions can care for themselves as they care for others.  It will focus on attending to one’s own ongoing healing and wellness.  It is essential that grief companions understand and recognize compassion fatigue and know how to address it.

Formerly known as Honoring Grief II, the Supportive Grief Companion Workshops (SGCW) are ongoing educational opportunities to advance one’s skill set in companioning the bereaved.  Offered yearly, these back-to-back Saturday workshops will address such topics as:

· integrating diverse mourning and healing modalities, such as art, music, journaling, and guided imagery

· identifying and working with
complicated grief

· post-traumatic growth (i.e. healing, gratitude, positive outcomes, building resiliency, etc.)

· children and grief

· spiritual aspects of grief.

2019 Topic:  Shame, Grief, and Companioning the Mourner

Healing in grief requires us to embrace vulnerability.  Shame stifles and debilitates our ability to give ourselves permission to be vulnerable.  In this two-day training workshop, we will

· explore the meaning of shame and some of its potential places of origin

· identify the varying unique faces of shame in the mourner

· study the impact of shame (and other painful emotions) on the journey of grief

· discover the grace of healthy shame

· survey companioning approaches to healing shame and shame resiliency.

This workshop is approved for 1.6 CEUs     (16 Contact Hours) through the University of Wisconsin—Parkside Continuing Education.

Saturdays, October 5, and October 19, 2019; 8:30am—4:30pm
Cost of $150 includes $50 non-refundable deposit, two training days, meals, book, handouts, and 1.6 Continuing Education Units(16 Contact Hours).  Attendance on both days is required.

Registration is due by Wednesday, September 25, 2019.  Upon our receiving your registration, you will be mailed a book and an explanation of the pre-first-gathering assignment.

One or more of the following members of Grief Support Training Team will facilitate this series.

Melissa Minkley, MSW, CT, is the co-founder of Healing Life’s Losses Grief Support Services and is a social worker with over 25 years of experience in psychosocial oncology and bereavement counseling.  She is the Executive Director of Healing Hearts of Waukesha County, a program supporting children and families impacted by loss.  Melissa has companioned adults and children as individuals and in support group, workshops and retreat settings focusing on enhancing one’s holistic well-being.  Her personal experience of loss has given Melissa insight into the impact grief has on individuals, families and friends.

Tesha Urban is a second-career chaplain, who awakened to her vocation from her own journey through personal grief and losses. She serves as a chaplain for patients and residents in both hospital and long-term care settings in the Milwaukee area. She has offered workshops and tools to inspire wholeness and healing for people with life challenging conditions and has served as both a facilitator and member of grief groups. Tesha is completing her academic coursework at Loyola University Chicago for her M.Div. and M.A. in Pastoral Counseling degrees. She is a licensed minister with the First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa and is an associate with the Racine Dominican sisters.

Ann Marie Uselmann, MSW, LCSW, is a clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience journeying with those who have significant health issues, as well as those in grief due to a variety of losses.  She currently provides individual grief counseling at Ad Pacem—Toward Peace Counseling, in  addition to working with individuals affected by cancer at Froedtert Hospital and The Medical College of Wisconsin.  She is humbled and honored to work with those struggling to make sense of what life offers.

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Shame, Grief and Companioning the Mourner

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