Connecting with People in Grief 2015

Connecting with People in Grief 2015

Community Events
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
7:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
White River Conference Center

openhouse-157Virtually no one would debate that different age groups of people require different approaches to support them in grief. However, broad stereotypes like “Baby Boomers are self-focused” and “Millennials are non-religious” do little to help us provide meaningful support to these varied people groups as they encounter loss. Instead, what we need to find are the varied pathways to provide support to bereaved individuals and communities that appreciate their generational distinctives and that offer multiple pathways to discover meaningful support. One vital part of this process is discovering the support programs and memorial options that help provide support in the midst of loss. Members of the caregiving community including: nurses, psychologists, counselors, social workers, chaplains, clergy and other interested health care professionals are invited and encouraged to attend.

White River Conference Center
600 W. Sunshine
Springfield, MO 65807
*adjacent to Bass Pro Shops on Sunshine, between Grant and Campbell

Please contact the Mid-America Transplant Services Foundation at
800-925-3666 or Merry Smith at: for conference information.

Approaches to Death, Loss & Grief: How the Generations Differ

  1.  Dilemmas with generalizing/stereotyping
  2. Sorting out the generations: Who is dying, who is grieving?
  3. Silents, Boomers, Xers, Ys, and Zs: Generational distinctives
  4. Meaning-making, religious orientation, and generational differences in grief
  5. Problem: Families and communities are multi-generational

Individuals, Community, or Both; How Grief in ‘the Village’ Works for Generations

  1. Collectivist worldviews and their role in bereavement
  2. Individualism and challenges to conventional bereavement programs
  3. How the internet proposes to change grief support
  4. Groups, camps, & chat-rooms: Examining the effectiveness of program models
  5. Deploying resources to the best ideas

How Memorialization Matters — Regardless of the Generation, Part 1

  1. Role of memorialization in the grief process: What does the evidence say?
  2. Managing the costs of funerals
  3. Making sense of memorial anchors
  4. Significant symbols
  5. Gathered community

How Memorialization Matters — Regardless of the Generation, Part 2

  1. Ritual action
  2. Cultural heritage
  3. Relating to the corpse: Burn it, bury it, dissolve it, or…?
  4. The growth of online memorialization
  5. Problem: Are ceremony preferences a matter of “generational taste?”

This program has been approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance with the program approval number when all requirements for 6.0 hours of continuing education credit have been met. Satisfactory completion of objectives will occur through program attendance. In order to receive a Certificate of Attendance, all participants must sign-in at the registration desk and turn in a completed evaluation form at the end of the program. No partial credit will be awarded.
For questions regarding NBCC educational credit, contact Merry Smith at 314-735-8283 or

This program has been approved by NBCC for NBCC Credit.  Mid-America Transplant Services is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.  NBCC Approval No. SP-2550

Registration fee is $35 (includes materials, continental breakfast, and lunch). Program fee must be mailed with registration panel or call
800-925-3666 for credit card payment.

At the conclusion of the program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe generational distinctives as they relate to death, loss, and grief
  • Apply principles for supporting people who are motivated by varied generational factors
  • Analyze key evidence about the effectiveness of traditional and contemporary grief support program models
  • Explain the five core anchors of memorial ceremonies and their significance for families and communities
  • Utilize memorial options to help families create meaningful, affordable memorials

We reserve the right to substitute speakers and topics in case of emergency or cancellation. Information presented during this conference represents the views and opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily constitute the opinion, endorsement of, or promotion by the program provider.

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