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New workshops are marked with an *. Highlighted workshops have been sponsored. Please note workshops and presenters are subject to change without notice.

Circumstances of Our Loss

1.   Beyond Losing a Loved One to a Substance Related Cause ~ Barbara Allen
2.   * Breaking the Silence of Suicide: Family Survivors, Grief, & How to Heal ~ Christina G. Hibbert, Psy.D.
3.   Communication after Stigmatized Losses ~ Sally O. Hastings
4.   Death of the Difficult or Troubled Child ~ Marcia Alig
5.   Death to the Disease of Addiction, A Panel ~ Nancy Juracka
6.   A Flower Picked Too Soon: Panel Discussion on the Death of a Child Under Ten ~ Maria Perez Medina & Brian Medina 
7.   Grieving a Stigmatized Loss: How Parents and Siblings Heal, A Panel ~ Sara Tagget
8.   * How Shame & Secrecy Complicate A Substance Use Death ~ Diana Lynn & Nancy Juracka
9.   * How to Move Forward After a Suicide Loss ~ Rebecca Tervo
10.  Loss due to Homicide, A Panel ~ JSue Williams
11.  Loss Following a Long Term Illness ~ Debbie Gossen
12.  Loss of a Child to Miscarriage/Stillbirth: Shattering the Silence! ~ Kelly Kittel & Ann Walsh
13.  * Loss of Infant and Toddler, A Panel ~ Julia West 
14.  Loss of an Infant or Toddler, A Husband and Wife Present ~ Kelly & Andrew Kittel
15.  * The Many Paths to Hope Following the Loss Due To a Medical Error, A Panel ~ Julia West
16.  * Multiple Loss, A Panel ~ Jacquie Edwards-Mitchell
17.  Sudden Death Vehicular, A Panel ~ Cathy Seehuetter
18.  * Survivor of Suicide Loss 101 – Moving From Surviving to Thriving ~ Diane & Larry Gillen

Early Grief

19.  * Survival Tips for the Newly Bereaved ~ Betty Valentine & Linda Simione
20.  * Fog Brain, Grief Attacks, and Tsunami Days: Comfort Measures for the Symptoms of Grief ~ Janice Bell Meisenhelder

Childless

21.  Am I Still a Parent? Becoming Childless ~ Marie Levine
22.  * Extraordinary Lessons Learned After the Loss of All Children ~ Cathy Cheshire
103. Childless in Your Later Years, A Panel~ Rick and Cindy Yotti

Family Relationships and Grief

23.  * Do No Harm Strategies for Grieving Families ~ Bill Jenkins
104. For Men Only: Women Explaining Women to Men ~ Trish Stoskus
109. For Women Only: Men Explaining Men to Women, A Panel ~ Mitch Carmody, Glen Lord and Mark Rambis
24.  * When Grandparents Lose A Grandchild: Realities of Out of Sequence Loss ~ Bradley and Bonita Vinson
25.  * Grieving For Couples – How Men and Women Grieve Differently ~ Carl & Judy Levy
26.  * Men Grieve Too, Just Different ~ Bradley Vinson
28.  Sibling Panel for Parents ~ Keith Singer
29.  Stepparents and Grief – It’s Complicated, A Panel ~ Barbara & Roy Davies
30.  * SUDDEN Loss, Resulting Differing Perspectives of a PARENT and CHILD ~ Denise Lourenco & Chris Lourenco

Healing

45. * Being a Compassionate Friend to Ourselves ~ Tanya Lord, Ph.D., MPH
31.  * Building Bridges of Hope ~ Sue Hamby, Ph.D.
32.  The Gifts of Grief ~ Donna Goodrich
33.  * Good Grief: Learn Tools to Navigate through Grief and Loss ~ Susan Toler Carr
113. The Healing Power of Creating a Memorial Fund ~ Tim Meadows
35.  Healing Guilt and Regret ~ Alan Pedersen
36.  * How Do I Know I’m Getting Better ~ Bob Baugher, Ph.D.
37.  Intimacy and Grief ~ Bob Baugher, Ph.D.
38.  * It’s Our Choice … It’s How We Survive! ~ Lora & Dave Krum
39.  * Love Endures: Rituals Keep Us Connected ~ Kathleen Hathaway Mitchel
40.  Moving Forward with Love, Humor and Power Grieving ~ Bart Sumner
110. Navigating Life After a Death: 10 Things I’ve Learned from Grieving Parents ~ Donna Schuurman
41.  * Navigating Life – It’s a Journey and You’re NOT Alone! ~ Kelly & Jay Kovaleski
100. * Pathways to Less Pain and Even Happiness: The WDEP Approach ~ Dr. Robert Wubbolding, Ed.D. & Lindsay Bibler, M.D.
42.  * Signs from Heaven ~ Christine Duminiak
43. Strong in the Broken Places ~ Vicki Scalzitti
44. Who are You as a Griever? ~ Mitch Carmody

Other Topics Related to Grief

46.  Diversity and Grief ~ Diversity Commission
102. Fitness and Grief ~ Steve Parker
48.  Handling the Holidays and Special Days ~ Susan Chan
49.  Healing When Faith is Not an Option ~ Peggi Johnson
50.  * Help! I’m Worried About My Surviving Teen or Young Adult Child ~ Dr. Heidi Horsley & Dr. Gloria Horsley
51. How to Deal with Grief Bullies ~ Dennis Apple
52.  How to Manage Your Grief in the Workplace ~ Stephanie J. Champion
105. It Doesn’t Hurt as Much Anymore – Now What Do I Do? ~ Bob Baugher, Ph.D.
53.  * Living Their Legacy – Reminding the World, They Lived ~ Pamela Bradley Smith
54.  * Long-Term Survivial When You Can’t See Past Today: A Mother-Daughter Perspective ~ Dawn Morville Johnson & Judi Morville
108. Military Loss: Supporting and Loving Us in Our Differences and Similarities ~ Zaneta Gileno, LMSW, CT snd Stephen Stott, MSW
55.  Nuestros Hijos e Hijas por Siempre en Nuestros Corazones ~ Nivia Vázquez 
56.  The Sole/Soul Journey in Grief and Beyond ~ Sara Ruble
106. Struggling to Reclaim My Faith ~ Dennis Apple
57.  * Ten Things You Can Do to Change Your Life! ~ Dr. Heidi Horsley & Dr. Gloria Horsley
59.  * When Caregiving Comes to an End – For a Special Needs Child ~ John Ashley

Using Creativity to Help Healing

111. Coping with Loss: Explore Different Ways to Express and Cope with Your Grief ~ Andrea Tritinger, MSW, LCSW, and Sandy Dillon, MSW, LCSW
61.  * Getting and Choosing a Memorial Tattoo: Do’s and Dont’s of Finding an Artist and Design and a Safe Process ~ Pam & Barry Ronner
62.  * Keeping Their Memory Alive ~ Hollie Skinner
63.  Laugh Your Way to Joy: Learning to Laugh after Loss ~ Linda Shively
64.  * Writing a Memoir of Your Child’s Life ~ Carla Linn
65.  Writing: A Workshop to Reveal and Heal for the Long-Term Griever ~ Joanne Buehler

Evening Workshops

66.  Healing Improv – Comedy Improv Grief Workshop ~ Bart Sumner
67.  * More Than Words Can Say ~ Nate McClendon
68.  * A Songwriter’s Journey ~ Alan Pedersen

Leadership

69.  How to Start a Chapter ~ Terry Novy
70. Meeting Ideas and Activities ~ Mark & Debbie Rambis

Exercise

96.  Get the Grief Moving Class ~ Pamela Hagens
97.   Structured, but Unstructured Running Group ~  Pamela Hagens

Healing Haven

98.  Deep Breathing, Gentle Stretching ~ Pamela Hagens

Teen Siblings & Adults Siblings

72.  Am I Still a Sibling? ~ Lisa Cohen
73.  * Faith Shattered, Building the Pieces ~ Cindy Tart
74.  * Finding Hope After the Death of a Sibling: Building a Legacy of Love ~ Allie Sims Franklin
75.  Getting a Grip on Grief ~ Maggie Bauer
76.  Got Ink? A Sharing Session ~ Katelyn & Dylan Stoskus
78.  Healing Through Connections! ~ Sarah Hartranft & Cortney Parker
101. How’s Your Mother ~ Jordon Ferber
107. Identifying as LGBTQ+ and the Emotional Similarities that Grief & Loss Bring ~ Stephen Stott
79.   Issues and Tissues ~ Katelyn & Dylan Stoskus
80.  Parents by Parents: A Panel ~ Trish Stoskus
83.   Suddenly Alone ~ Jordon Ferber
84.  * Seasoned Sibs- The Initial Shock Has Worn Off, Why Am I Still Crazy? ~ Jordon Ferber and Cindy Tart
85.  * Understanding Why People Cope Differently and Learning How to Live Together ~ Allie Sims Franklin

Siblings 18+

86. *A New Normal: “Adulting” After the Loss of a Sibling ~ Luci Abrahamson
87.  * For Siblings Who are Parents: The Fears of Losing a Child After Losing a Sibling ~ Andrea Keller & Lisa Cohen
88.  How to Start a Sibling Group ~ Keith Singer
89.  * Sibling Loss Sucks! ~ Dr. Heidi Horsley
90.  * Sibling Loss to a Substance Related Cause ~ Sarah Hartranft

Siblings All Ages

91.  * Memories Last a Lifetime and Our Sibling Will Always Be Remembered ~ Kayla Thomas
92.  Mourning the Sibling you Didn’t Know or Don’t Remember ~ Luciana Abrahamson
93.  * Perspectives on the Sibling Relationship in Life and Death ~ Mary Jane Gandour, Ph.D. & Molly Gandour, MFA Candidate
94.  Sibling Panel for Siblings ~ Keith Singer
95.  When You Lose a Sibling: Loss, Grief & Forever After ~ Christina G. Hibbert, Psy.D.

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