225 – Grieving and Remembering Well

Tools for Healing
David Kessler

While most therapists are experienced in exploring the pain of grief, their clients may be asking for a clear direction out of their pain. How does the therapist deal with questions of “When will this pain end?” or “Should I be on antidepressants?” How and when can the therapists help the client shift from feeling pain to experiencing healing? In this workshop, we’ll look closely at how the type of death may complicate the griever’s experience, and ways to use that information to decrease clients’ suffering. Through video clips, case studies, and discussion, you’ll explore how to:

  • Identify the grief distortions born of “what if’s?” that result in guilt, regret, and complicated grief
  • Provide practical tools that you and the client will use for dealing with grief bursts, painful yearning, and anniversary reactions
  • Assist clients in creating a life after loss that honors their loved ones


David Kessler, MA, RN, is an expert on healing from grief and a contributing writer for Oprah.com, Dr. Oz’s Sharecare.com, Anderson Cooper 360, and The Huffington Post. He’s the founder of gief.com and author of five books, including two with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace after Breakup and Divorce or Death with Louise Hay.

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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