Supportive Grief Companion Workshop

Saturday, October 28 to Sunday, October 29, 2023
Facilitator(s): Cat Horzewski, Melissa Minkley, MSW, CT

$265 (+$25 for CEUs)

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

Workshop Topic for 2023: Grief and the Healing Power of Rituals

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. This workshop is designed to provide educational opportunities to advance one’s skills in companioning the bereaved.

This workshop will offer those who companion the bereaved an understanding of how grief rituals can assist the bereaved in mourning their losses and move towards healing. We perform rituals in our everyday life. Rituals help us find meaning and create connection. For those who are grieving, rituals can provide comfort and order during a time of chaos. They can also assist the bereaved with getting in touch with their feelings and create ways to express them.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • explore the healing and transformative power of rituals for the bereaved,
  • identify components and characteristics of private and communal grief rituals,
  • discuss key principles for griever-friendly rituals,
  • and experience the process of creating grief rituals.

October 28-29, 2023
The workshop will begin on Saturday at 8:30am and will conclude on Sunday at 2:30pm.
Cost of $265 includes overnight accommodations, meals, book and handouts.
A fee of $25 will be charged for Continuing Education Units (1.6 units).

Registration is due by Friday, September 29, 2023. Upon our receiving your registration, you will be mailed a book and an explanation of the pre-gathering assignment.

You can register and pay online by clicking the register button above, 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 our cancellation policies and other helpful information.

About the Facilitators

Cat Horzewski

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.

Melissa Minkley, MSW, CT

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.