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Honoring Grief…Intending to Heal I

February 24, 2018 @ 8:30 am - March 24, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

“This program exceeded my expectations! From books and materials to instructor knowledge and presentations to group process, I found it outstanding.”
– Past Honoring Grief Participant

Honoring Grief, Intending To Heal: A Training Program for Companioning the Bereaved
– Part I –

This is a condensed, intensive, basic training program for those who wish to companion the bereaved individually, as a facilitator of a grief support group, and/or within a bereavement outreach program. This program is also designed for those who currently serve in these roles and who wish to ‘hone’ their skills. The training will include:

· understanding grief and its power
· connecting spirituality and grief
· exploring the significance of authentic mourning as it relates to healing
· appreciating the role of companioning vs. ‘fixing’ or ‘treating’ the bereaved
· clarifying the ‘Intention to Heal’
· understanding facilitation and the role of an effective facilitator.

The training also includes learning and practicing necessary companioning skills such as:
· communication, listening, questioning, creating, and ‘holding’ space
· developing tips for specific situations
· reviewing types of support group models
· identifying boundaries and providing appropriate community referrals
· discussing necessary strategies for initiating a support group
· surveying components of effective ritual and memorial services
· outlining components of a bereavement ministry outreach program.

In addition to addressing these topics, participants will receive three books and a binder filled with practical materials and handouts that can be used as guides and resources both for themselves as well as for those they serve. Other resources will be available for participants to review.

Training Program requirements include: reading, intentional reflection, integration and other assignments between gatherings, and attendance at all four Saturday gatherings. A space of two years since a significant loss is preferred.

Pete Reinl, CSG, is the cofounder of Healing Life’s Losses grief services and is a companion and spiritual guide with over 25 years of pastoral ministry experience serving in various roles within faith communities, retreat centers and funeral homes. He has spent the last twelve years of his ministry companioning the bereaved and training others who wish to be companions. His background includes certification in pastoral ministry and he is a graduate of Siena Retreat Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program. Having experienced several significant losses in his life, he brings with him a wealth of personal experience in addition to his professional background in loss, grief and healing.

Ann Marie Uselmann, MSW, LCSW, earned her graduate degree in clinical social work from Loyola Univ. in Chicago. She has over 15 years of experience working with medically complex patients across a number of specialties, including high-risk women’s health, oncology, and end-of-life care. Ann Marie has held positions at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Waukesha Memorial Hospital. She is currently a counselor at Stillwaters Cancer Support Center, providing services at the Froedtert-MCW Cancer Center. Ann Marie also specializes in supportive counseling for individuals with cancer and their families. She has vast experience accompanying those bereaved by the loss of a loved one and supporting them in their healing.

Saturdays, February 24, March 3, March 17, and March 24, 2018
(snow date: April 7, 2017)
Follow-up Day of Reflection: Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:30am—3:30pm

Registration Deadline: February 1, 2018

Cost of $375 includes three books, binder of materials, noon meals, handouts, and three CEUs. Enrollment is limited.

Honoring Grief is approved through the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Continuing Education. Participants who adequately complete the program will be awarded three CEUs and 30 instructional contact hours.


February 24, 2018 @ 8:30 am
March 24, 2018 @ 4:30 pm


Siena Retreat Center
5637 Erie Street
Racine, WI 53402 United States
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(262) 898-2590