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On Grief and Grieving
Kessler, David
PESI, Inc. / Seminar on DVD / 2017-01-01 / X49945
Grief Counseling & Therapy
price: $279.95 (may be subject to change)
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5 hr 20 min seminar on DVD

Renowned grief and healing expert, author

Featured on "Oprah & Friends", CNN, NBC, MSNBC, PBS, People Magazine, "Entertainment Tonight", "Anderson Cooper 360", "Dr Oz", "The Talk", The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times

Tools and tips that can help your patients and clients process our grief in a healthy way
Explore how grief is also a window into all old wounds - and how you should respond
Become confident in your work around grief and grieving - learning from an international expert in the field
Grief and grieving. It's traumatic. It's awkward. It's painful.

How often do you walk into the session or the patient’s room knowing that your education did not prepare you for this? How often do you miss having the right words, phrases and the right actions to console?

As professionals we are expected to have the right words at hand, the right actions to recommend, and the right response. Most of us fail shamefully due to a lack of grief emphasis in our training.

Every client we will see will experience loss in their life.

Join David Kessler, international grief expert, author and practitioner and transform your practice, your life, and learn the art of caring for the grieving. You will then know the right words and actions to truly be of help to the dying and grieving.

David's personal experience of witnessing a mass shooting as a child and its aftermath helped him begin his journey as a grief healer. Through his work with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and Mother Teresa, he has helped thousands of people face life and death with peace, dignity and courage. From working with Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Landon, and Anthony Perkins to seeing up-close the devastation and heroic response of so many at 9/11, Ground Zero, and Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedies, David lives the work he teaches.

Don't let more time go by feeling unprepared to help your clients process their trauma, their grief and heal. Sign up today for this life-altering day.


Discuss how the types of grief influence our healing after loss.
Identify the milestones that often occur after a loss at different ages.
Summarize appropriate responses to grief and mourning within the care team.
Understand how the body remembers grief and relates to healing after loss.
Explain why children are often the forgotten grievers and how to help them.
Identify mechanisms to help with complicated grieving.
Compare and contrast the impact of natural disasters vs. manmade disasters.
Identify dozens of tools and interventions to be used by clinicians, hospitals, palliative care services and hospices when working with grief and loss.


Interventions that can Shape Grief

Anticipatory Grief

Treatment strategies
Tools for normalizing anticipatory grief for the patient/client
Children in Grief

Tools for preparing for the loss
Intervention for coping enhancement for funerals
The forgotten grievers
Learn the truth about children going to funerals and open caskets
Complicated Grief

Simplifying the model
Murder, multiple losses, sudden death, suicide,
Explanations of Types of Grief

Average response

Learn alternatives to forgiveness
Understand when it works and why it doesn’t
Learn techniques your client can use to actually find forgiveness
The Grief of Suicide

Understand how grief of suicide is different
Learn techniques for releasing feelings of responsibility
Tools for healing grief after a suicide
The Body and Grief

Help understand how we hold grief in our body
Learn techniques your client can use to get in touch with residual grief in the body
Understand the ways the body remembers

How we often re-traumatize ourselves in grief
Learn the difference between releasing grief and replaying traumatic events
How vicarious trauma can affect the clinician
Positive Psychology and Grief

Learn how positive psychology can be used in healing grief
Understand why clients may treat themselves harshly in grief
Learn new ways to decrease suffering after a loss
Pet Loss

Learn why pet loss is just as significant as other losses
Understand why clients may not reveal loss of a pet
Learn new ways to help with feelings of exaggerated responsibility
Self-care for Clinician Working with Loss

Learn how to take care of ourselves when being surrounded by loss
Understand why we sometimes over identify with clients
Understand if it's helpful to self-disclose about the clinicians losses
Successfully Supporting Friends and Family Members in Grief

Learn what to say and what not to say
Understand proven strategies that will help clients heal themselves while not getting lost in others' grief
Tools for normalizing anticipatory grief for the patient/client
Tools for the Clinician to Help Clients Cope with

Holidays - the seen and unseen
Disasters and How We Cope

Shootings/hurricanes/earthquakes and terrorist acts
Techniques for approaching horrific crime and/ or disaster scenes
The impact of natural vs. manmade disasters

About the Speaker:

David Kessler is one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss. His experiences with thousands of people on the edge of life and death have taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life.

He is the author of five bestselling books. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, a #1 best-selling book, received praise from Mother Teresa. He co-authored two bestsellers, On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons, with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. His latest book, You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death, was co-authored with Louise Hay. It was a #1 bestseller in Divorce as well as loss. He worked with Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. He also worked with late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon.

David’s work has been discussed in the Los Angeles Times, Business Week and Life Magazine, and has been featured on CNN-Cross Fire, NBC, Fox, PBS, Dr. Oz and Entertainment Tonight. David is a contributing writer on, Dr. Oz’s, eHarmony, Anderson Cooper 360, The Huffington Post and The Psychotherapy Networker Magazine.

David has a master’s degree in Health Care Bioethics from Loyola Marymount University. He did his undergraduate work at University of Southern California and became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and earned the distinction of board certification in healthcare management. He also is the founding chairperson for the Hospital Association of Southern California Palliative Care Committee. He spent over a decade as part of the management team for a 650 bed – three hospital system in Los Angeles County. His volunteerism includes being a specialist reserve officer for the LAPD as well as being on the Red Cross mental health care team. His websites, and have had over one million visitors.

Continuing Education Information:

For U.S. and Canadian customers, CE is available for $9.99 USD per participant. International CE rates may vary; please contact PESI Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details.

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