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David Kessler: Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief
Audio CD
$219.99 USD
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This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on November 21, 2019.
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Audio CD - 4+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc audio recording with electronic manual and instructions.
11/21/2019 - Available Now for Pre-Order
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  1. Implement meaning-making principles to help cope with all types of loss.
  2. Identify ways to use meaning to help remember loved ones with more love than pain.
  3. Use concepts of meaning making to resolve the internal struggle of “why did this happen?” and “why did this happen to me?”
  4. Recognize why children are often the forgotten grievers and how to help them through their grief.
  5. Identify ways to incorporate meaning to help cope with complicated grief.
  6. Utilize non-directive ways to address guilt, shame and stigma associated with grief. 
The Sixth Stage of Grief: Finding Meaning
  • Why the stages were never meant to be linear
  • What is meaning making in grief?
  • Types of meaning making
  • How meaning can help remember the person who died with more love than pain
  • Why a sixth stage is the key to recovery from grief
  • Keys to finding acceptance and moving into the sixth stage
Witnessing vs. “Fixing” Grief
  • Mirroring techniques
  • The cost of trying to “fix” those who are grieving
  • Go beyond active listening skills to connect
  • The consequence of trying to find meaning too early
Help Clients Change Their Thinking Around Loss
  • Non-directive ways to address guilt, shame and stigma in grief
  • How to increase resilience and the possibility for posttraumatic growth after loss
  • Understand the “meaning” we attach to the traumatic loss or death
  • Decrease catastrophizing after loss Learn ways to instill good memories instead of painful ones
Complicated Grief
  • Simplifying grief models and exploring new models, including resiliency and Option B
  • Meaning making as a new tool for dealing with murder, multiple losses, Alzheimer’s
  • Post-traumatic growth vs. post-traumatic trauma
  • Help release obsessive replaying of the trauma/death
Help Bereaved Parents
  • Understanding the impact of child loss
  • Learn ways to be comfortable working with this type of loss
  • Supporting parents who are often grieving differently
  • Help parents sustain the marriage through tremendous loss
  • Navigating the discomfort of living and loving again
  • Address intimacy issues that may come up in grief
The Grief of Suicide
  • Overcoming the “what if’s” and “if only’s”
  • Understand the true “why” of death by suicide
  • Ways to help others find peace again
Loss by Addiction
  • Meaning making for healing self-blame
  • How to help loved ones sort through the shame and isolation
  • Understanding the role they did and didn’t play in an addiction death
Shootings and Other Disasters
  • Shootings/hurricanes/earthquakes and terrorist acts
  • Guidelines for approaching horrific crime and/or disaster scenes
  • The impact of natural vs. manmade disasters
Healing Complicated Relationships after Death
  • Understand patterns that can heal that relationship and help in all future relationships
  • Learn ways to help find peace in difficult relationships
Death and Dying
  • How hospice and palliative care professionals can facilitate meaning making
  • Understand how the death shapes the grief
  • Re-interpret the meaning behind false end-of-life beliefs
  • Why meaning can be the key to a “good” death
Meaning and the Afterlife
  • Effective and ineffective models of continuing connections for living a full life
  • Use the model of continuing bonds and connections for healing
  • Normalize experiences around continued connections with loved ones who have died


David Kessler, is one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life.

He is the author of five bestselling books and the popular Healing Grief Card Deck: 55 Practices to Find Peace (PESI, 2016). His first book, The Needs of the Dying, (HarperCollins, 2007), a #1 best-selling hospice book, received praise by Mother Teresa. He co-authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: On Grief and Grieving (Scribner, 2014) and Life Lessons. (Scribner, 2014). He also co-authored the book, You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death, (Hay House, 2015), with Louise Hay. He worked with Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. He also worked with late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon. David’s work has been discussed in the Los Angeles Times, Business Week and Life Magazine, and has been featured on CNN-Cross Fire, NBC, Fox, PBS, Dr. Oz and Entertainment Tonight. David is a contributing writer on, Dr. Oz’s, Anderson Cooper 360 and The Huffington Post.

David has a master’s degree in Health Care Bioethics from Loyola Marymount University, he did his undergraduate work at University of Southern California and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a certified AMA/EPEC (Education for Physicians) trainer. He also is the founding chairperson for the Hospital Association of Southern California Palliative Care Committee and spent the last decade as a C-suite executive in a 650 bed – three hospital system in Los Angeles County.

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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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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