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Guided By Grief: Helping the Bereaved

Grief can be a powerful catalyst for personal growth and change, so how do we support our clients through this process?


Grief is a normal and appropriate reaction to loss or a significant change in circumstance. Every person will experience grief and loss—that profound sense of final separation from someone or something important. This sense of loss is felt in the body, mind, and heart and weaves through all life areas affecting daily functioning, interpersonal dynamics, and overall well-being. While there are similarities in how individuals work through loss, grief is a complicated and unique experience that requires helpers to be sensitive to the needs and experiences of those they are supporting. This workshop is designed to give helpers and providers an increased awareness of grief dynamics, understand the diverse ways grief may manifest, and provide tools and strategies to best support someone who is grieving.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the complexities of grief and loss

  • Recognize the influence of dominant discourses surrounding grief

  • Move beyond the 5-Stages of Grief model

  • Identify the 5 Gates of Grief

  • Understand the role of spirituality in grief recovery

  • Identify 2 necessary elements for healing

  • Learn approaches to being with and guiding clients through the grief experience

Guest Instructor Info

Patty Hlava, Ph.D.

Dr. Patty Hlava is a personal transformation guide specializing in integrating psychology, Ayurveda, and yoga to support emotional health and wellness. She offers education, workshops, coaching services, and training centered around emotional healing and integrated self-care practices.

Retired from clinical practice in 2018, Dr. Hlava has over 15 years of experience in the health and wellness field as a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has worked with clients in various settings, including community mental health, corrections, and private practice. Her additional certifications as Meditation Instructor, Intrinsic Coach, Ayurveda Wellness Coach, Yoga Health Coach, and Registered Yoga Teacher offer her a unique integrated perspective on health and healing.

Dr. Hlava has been involved in research and teaching on gratitude since 2006. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and several books. Her audio courses and meditations are featured on Insight Timer, where she leads a weekly live talk and guided practice. In addition to her work with clients, she serves as adjunct faculty at Sofia University, teaching graduate-level courses in Transpersonal psychology.

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work
     3.0 CEUs   (CEP-275)

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