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David Kessler: Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief



Even as a grief expert, David was unprepared for the sudden death of his son, who died at age 21. People asked him, “What’s it like for the grief expert to lose his son?” He would answer, “The grief expert did not lose his son, the father did.” Everything he knew about grief turned out to be true. David had to go through the five stages of grief but found himself left wanting more from the experience – he wanted to find meaning in his life after such a terrible loss.  He learned that broken heart syndrome is real and he realized he would either die of it or live with it, and that healing occurs not when grief gets smaller, but when life gets bigger.  This led to the discovery of the 6th stage of grief – finding meaning.  

Based on David Kessler’s newest book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief, this seminar recording is designed to help professionals guide people through life’s worst moments to find meaning after loss.  All types of loss will be covered, including betrayal, loss of a parent or family member, and loss due to addiction, mental illness and suicide.        

After attending this seminar recording, you will be able to enhance your work with those who have dealt with any kind of loss. It will fill you with new insight, tools, strategies, and inspiring information, leaving you looking forward to the next day… so you can immediately begin to use all you have learned! 

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“People always want to know if there is life after death for their loved ones. I believe there is, but more importantly, there is life after death for the living. I want to help them find meaning that honours their loved ones. Sometimes when we are at our worst, we can find our best.”  -David Kessler

David is honoured to have received permission from The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Family and The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation to add a sixth stage to her renowned 5 stages of grief.


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Product Details
Average Rating:
   4.8
Faculty:
David Kessler
Duration:
5 Hours 40 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
04 Dec, 2019
Product Code:
POS054390
Media Type:
Digital Seminar - Also available: DVD
Access:
Never expires.

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

An accomplished speaker and author, David’s new book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief, received wonderful reviews from critics as well as those in grief. His previous books have been praised by Saint (Mother) Teresa and Elisabeth Kübler Ross.

David has written five bestselling books and the popular Healing Grief Card Deck: 55 Practices to Find Peace. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, is a #1 best-selling end-of-life book. He co-authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons. He also co-authored You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death, with Louise Hay.

David has worked with Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Carrie Fisher after their loved ones died, as well as late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon at the end of their lives. He serves as a Specialist Reserve Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department and as a volunteer for the American Red Cross, responding to tragic events including aviation disasters and 9/11.

In addition, he has met with parents of Sandy Hook Elementary and survivors of the Las Vegas shooting in 2017. He also serves on the board of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides funding for cancer research. David’s work has been discussed in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Business Week and Life Magazine, and has been featured on CNN, NBC, Fox, PBS, Dr. Oz and Entertainment Tonight.

David earned a master’s degree in healthcare bioethics from Loyola Marymount University after completing his undergraduate work at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a certified AMA/EPEC (Education for Physicians) trainer. David is the founder of Grief.com, an invaluable resource to those who are grieving that has had over 5 million visitors.

When he’s not speaking around the world, David calls Los Angeles home. Despite having spent most of his life teaching physicians, nurses, counselors, police officers and first responders about the end of life, trauma and grief, nothing could prepare him for the sudden death of his 21 year-old son in 2016. David’s work continues in honor of him.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: David Kessler is president of David Kessler, Inc. He is an author for Simon & Schuster – New York and receives royalties. Mr. Kessler receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: David Kessler has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


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Objectives

  1. Implement meaning-making strategies to help clients cope with all types of loss.
  2. Identify ways to use meaning to help clients remember with more love than pain.
  3. Outline techniques for using meaning to help clients resolve the internal struggle of “why did this happen?” and “why did this happen to me?”
  4. Recognize why children are often the forgotten grievers and how to help them through their grief.
  5. Identify strategies that incorporate meaning mechanisms to help clients cope with complicated grieving.
  6. Utilize strategies to help clients address guilt, shame and stigma associated with grief.

Outline

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 instil good memories instead of painful ones

Complicated Grief

  • Simplifying grief models and exploring new models, including resiliency and Option B
  • Meaning making as a new tool for dealing with murder, multiple losses, Alzheimer’s
  • Techniques for strength-based grief counselling
  • Post traumatic growth vs Post traumatic trauma
  • Techniques for releasing the obsessive replaying of the trauma/death

Help Bereaved parents

  • Understand the impact of child loss
  • Learn ways to be comfortable with treating this type of loss
  • 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

The Grief of Suicide

  • Tools for dealing with the “what if’s” and “if only’s”
  • Understand the true “why” of death by suicide
  • Ways to help others find peace again

Loss by Addiction

  • Meaning making for healing self-blame
  • How to help loved one’s sort through the shame and isolation
  • Understand the roles they did and didn’t play in an addiction death

Shootings and Other Disasters

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

Healing Grief in Divorce

  • Use meaning to reframe divorce and heal shame
  • Heal after betrayal by understanding its meaning
  • Understand the true meaning of marriage after it ends
  • Interpret the meaning behind negative reoccurring patterns
  • Negative meanings we make after a relationship ends

Healing Complicated Relationships after Death

  • Learn techniques to heal a relationship after death
  • Understand patterns that can heal that relationship and help in all future relationships
  • Learn ways to help your client find peace in difficult relationships

Meaning and the Afterlife

  • Effective and ineffective models of continuing connections for living a full life
  • Use the model of continuing bonds and connections for healing
  • Learn ways to normalize client experiences around continued connections with loved ones that have died

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Chaplains/Clergy Hospitals
  • Palliative Care Services
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 541

Comments

Katie W - O FALLON, Illinois

"It was very informative."

Mark W - Georgetown, Texas

"Everyone can benefit from this class in dealing with grief, whether it be of others or their own."

Cathy Ann M - NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas

"Excellent and applicable information for my clinical practice"

Veronica C - San Leandro, California

"Wonderful! I laughed and I cried."

Sharon M - TRENTON, Ohio

"I feel this will enhance my ability to give support and care to my patients and families. "

Tracy R - Ruidoso, New Mexico

"Thoroughly enjoyed course. Made me process things I hadn't considered before."

Wendy S - GREELEY, Colorado

"David Kessler is so good!"

Debbie T - MONROE, Washington

"It was my first webcam CE and it was wonderful to be home and still feel connected to the presentation. "

David M - RUIDOSO, New Mexico

"Good material and presentation."

Veronica S - Brighton, Colorado

"these tools can be used for our own dealings with death, very informative."

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