Are you grieving the death of someone who was an important part of your life? Perhaps your spouse, child, parent, or close family member? Could it be a good friend, co-worker or neighbor?
The loss that death brings is painful beyond words. No one can anticipate the emotional and spiritual agony that accompanies it. Life can lose meaning. You may find your sense of self-worth diminished. The sadness and loneliness you feel may seem to consume all your energy. And as if the regular flow of grief wasn’t difficult enough, holidays and special dates can cause us acute pain that make the grief fresh all over again.
Grieving is first and foremost something you do to heal your wounds after experiencing a terrible loss in your life. It doesn’t have to be passive and just something that ‘happens to you’. You can take charge of your journey through grief just as others have done. One of the great discoveries you will make is that your very best friend in times of grief and loss is yourself! You are the one person who can turn the pain of your loss into a creative hurt.
Be assured: you can have a satisfying and meaningful life after loss. Even with the worst of losses, you will begin to heal.
Students are required to have a copy of Life After Loss, by Bob Deits, for this course.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
If you are dealing with a loss that isn’t strictly related to a death (divorce, loss of a job, etc.), you might be interested in Crossing the Bridge: Life After Loss, which specifically deals with these kinds of losses.
Number of weeks: 2
Required books: Yes
Certification or Series: No
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About the Instructor
Annette Arnold-Pflaum is the founder and president of Wisteria Ministries. She has 25 years counseling experience and has specialized in grief and crisis counseling since 2015.
Annette is a Nationally Board Certified Chaplain [BCC] and has been a State of Nevada Licensed Interfaith Minister since 2014. She is also a Certified Lay Minister in the United Methodist Church and holds a certificate in congregational leadership.
A retired nurse/EMT with 20 years of medical experience, Annette is a graduate of the Academy of Religious Studies, Ministerial Seminary, Chaplaincy Nevada Theology Academy, and has completed advanced clinical pastoral training. She has been an academy instructor.
Annette is consulting director of the Nevada State Chaplains Task Force: Crisis, Trauma, Emergency & Critical Incident Response Team. She was part of the response team that assisted after the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.
Past Students Said…
“This is an excellent class, everyone should take it.”
“The material was excellent and the Instructor was readily available. She gave 110% to the students!”
“The journal entries made us all think deeply and responses were safe and secure. She is obviously a wise counselor with a gift from God for this purpose.”
“I appreciated the anonymity that we corresponded directly with Annette about our grief journey. I could be more open and honest about my situation without classmates peering in unless I wanted to share.”