From this beginning, a smaller team of volunteers (representing a variety of organizations, private practitioners and businesses) offered to carry forward the momentum to plan for a twice yearly workshop which will focus on:
1. Education /training
2. Support for grief practitioners
3. Resource awareness about grief support services
The first GROW workshop is on the website at www.bfo-ottawa.org
Volunteer and Cultural Outreach Coordinator
Bereaved Families of Ontario - Ottawa Region
Our task must be to free ourselves . . . by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
PANEL PRESENTATION: An Exploration of Different Types of Disenfranchised GriefWhat is disenfranchised Grief? Presented by Ian Henderson
|Group work from Bereavement Art Therapy|
Topics to be addressed:
• Defining disenfranchised grief.
• Categorizing and examples of “types” of disenfranchised grief.
• The primary conditions and reasons why grief becomes disenfranchised.
• How disenfranchised grief violates “The Mourner’s Bill of Rights.”
Ian Henderson is a certified grief educator and facilitator. He is a graduate of the Death and Grief Studies Certification Program at the Center For Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado. Ian offers support groups and one-on-one grief coaching to the bereaved. Ian has been presenting educational workshops for the last 7 years in the Ontario region.
Dementia and AlzheimerPresented by Christine Hanssens
Losing a person to dementia and Alzheimer is often called “a death before dying”. Grief related to loss of identity, memory, normal functioning in a person we love can be very painful yet it is often not recognized as authentic mourning because the person is still alive. What is often forgotten in this grief is the emotional burden on the caregivers. Christine Hanssens is a Psychoanalyst with a private practice in Ottawa.