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Supportive Grief Companion Workshop 2022

Supportive Grief Companion Workshop 2022: Navigating Grief During Uncertain Times

People become grief companions for a variety of reasons. Many find themselves taking on this role because of their own experiences with loss. Some serve as a grief companion in their professional, vocational or volunteer role.
These workshops are designed to provide educational opportunities to advance one’s skills in companioning the bereaved.

Workshop Topic for 2022 Navigating Grief During Uncertain Times
We are reminded daily that we live in uncertain times. This can be overwhelming and paralyzing especially for those grieving a loss. This workshop offers insights and strategies for grief companions to guide the bereaved in reclaiming clarity and building the resiliency needed to endure their grief journey.
In this two-day workshop participants will: explore the definitions of ambiguous loss, disenfranchised grief, and anticipatory loss in the context of Covid and unsettling times; learn strategies to empower the bereaved and engage them in meaningful activities that assist in processing their grief and finding meaning; gain an understanding of common ways the bereaved sabotage their healing and approaches to companion them through sabotage; and Identify ways to respond compassionately with ourselves as we companion others during uncertain times.

Saturdays, October 8 and October 22, 2022; 9:00am—5:00pm
Cost of $185 includes $65 non-refundable deposit, two training days, meals, book, handouts, and 1.6 Continuing Education Units(16 Contact Hours).


Registration is due by Friday, September 30, 2022. Upon our receiving your registration, you will be mailed a book and an explanation of the pre-first-gathering assignment.

You can register and pay online by clicking the register button on the right, by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 with a credit card number, or by mailing a check made out to "Siena Retreat Center". Payment must be received to complete registration.

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on our health and safety protocols.

Melissa Minkley, MSW, CT, is the Program Director of the Grief Training Center of Wisconsin 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. Her personal experience of loss has given Melissa insight into the impact of grief on one’s life.

Cat Horzewski is involved in suicide prevention and bereavement facilitation in the Greater Milwaukee area. With over 15 years of experience serving youth and families through the nonprofit sector, she is pursuing her Masters in Thanatology through Marian University.

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