Finding Meaning in Loss: The Sixth Stage of Grief

David Kessler

Led by David Kessler

This is an On Demand Webinar. Access information, resources and CEU information will be sent to you shortly after registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

This webinar was broadcasted live on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

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Grief stages are a process we all go through when experiencing loss. Grief is traumatic. It’s awkward. It’s painful. And it’s messy. How often do you walk into a session or patient’s room knowing that your education did not prepare you for this? How often do you miss having the right words, phrases, and tools?

As professionals, we are expected to have the right words at hand, the right actions to recommend, and the right response to guide people through grief stages. Yet many of us feel inadequate due to a lack of emphasis on grief in our training. And since every client we see will experience loss in their life, we need to get better at guiding them through it.

This seminar led by David Kessler is designed to help professionals guide people through life’s worst moments after experiencing loss. The content is based on David’s newest book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. All types of loss will be covered, including loss of a loved one due to illness, addiction, mental illness, and suicide. David will also cover loss in the context of a pandemic.

David Kessler — who co-authored two books with Elisabeth Kubler Ross — finally clears up the misunderstandings about the stages of grief. He and Kubler-Ross never intended for grief stages to be used in a linear model. Join us as David shares the insights, collective wisdom, and powerful tools that will help those experiencing loss.

By the end of this training, attendees will be better able to—

  • Develop “meaning making” principles to assist clients coping with various types of loss.
  • Formulate ways to use meaning to help clients remember with more love than pain.
  • Evaluate techniques for using meaning to help clients resolve the internal struggle of “why did this happen?” and “why did this happen to me?”
  • Determine why children are often the forgotten grievers and how to help them through their grief.
  • Develop strategies that incorporate meaning mechanisms to help clients cope with complicated grieving.
  • Utilize strategies to help clients address guilt, shame and stigma associated with grief.

David Kessler is one of the world’s foremost experts on grief stages and loss. He is the author of six books, including the new bestselling book Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. He co-authored two books with Elisabeth Kubler Ross and also co-wrote You Can Heal Your Heart with Louise Hay. His first book, The Needs of The Dying, received praise from Saint (Mother) Teresa.

David’s personal experience as a child witnessing a mass shooting while his mother was dying in a hospital helped him begin his own grief journey. And despite his vast knowledge on grief stages, David’s life was turned upside down by the sudden death of his 21-year-old son. The event inspired him to write his newest book, Finding Meaning.

David Kessler is the founder of which receives over 5 million visits each year from 167 different countries.

Time Topic Covered
1 hour 30 min

The Sixth Stage of Grief: Finding Meaning

  • Why the stages were never meant to be linear
  • What is making meaning in grief?
  • Types of meaning making
  • How meaning can help remember the person who died with more love than pain
  • Why a sixth stage is the key to recovery from grief
  • Keys to finding acceptance and moving into the sixth stage
  • Witnessing vs “Fixing” Grief
  • Mirroring techniques
  • The cost of trying to “fix” those who are grieving
  • Go beyond active listening skills to connect
  • The consequence of trying to find meaning too early
  • Help Clients Change Their Thinking Around Loss
  • Strategies to address guilt, shame, and stigma in grief
  • How to increase resilience after loss
  • Use positive psychology to increase the possibility of post traumatic growth
  • Understand the “meaning” we attach to the traumatic loss or death
  • How to decrease catastrophizing after loss
  • Learn ways to instill good memories instead of painful ones
15 Minute Break
1 hour 30 min

Complicated Grief

  • Simplifying grief models and exploring new models
  • Meaning making as a new tool for dealing with murder, multiple losses, and Alzheimer’s
  • Techniques for strength-based grief counseling
  • Post traumatic growth vs Post traumatic trauma
  • Techniques for releasing the obsessive replaying of the trauma/death
  • Helping Bereaved Parents
  • Understand the impact of child loss
  • Learn ways to be comfortable with treating the loss of a child
  • Techniques for helping parents who are often grieving differently
  • Learn ways to help sustain the marriage through tremendous loss
  • Ways to help parents deal with the discomfort of living and loving again
  • Address intimacy issues that may come up in grief

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

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  • Title of Training
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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • medical professionals supporting mental health patients
  • psychotherapists
  • mental health counsellors
  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
  • religious counsellors
  • therapists
  • case managers
  • art therapists
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices
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