13th Annual Grief Conference
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
8:30am - 2:45pm
Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science
645 W. North Bend Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45224
$65 Early Bird
(Late registration is $90 after October 15th)
The death of a family member, be it from age. illness, trauma or violence can shatter the security of the family. The death of a family member may challenge one’s life’s purpose. When you see a family member hurting or angry, you may not know how to help the ones you love when you’re also grieving. Grief within the family system includes children, grandparents, parents, partners, siblings, spouses, and other extended family members. It may feel as if your grief is discounted or minimized in our quick fix society. Surviving may be acceptable to some but learning to work through grief should be the goal in order to rebuild your family system. Grief does change you and you have the option of staying in the grief experience or allowing yourself to be transformed by the experience.
This conference will address issues related to the impact of grief on the family system and to acknowledged the grief experiences of those you love and serve. Learning to move beyond surviving grief to working through the grief journey will be discussed. Counseling strategies and the role of support groups, both peer and professional led, as part of the transformational experience of grief will be shared.
The Annual Conference on Grief and Loss is the result of the collaborative efforts of several bereavement professionals in the Greater Cincinnati area. Our goal is to offer a one day program featuring a nationally recognized speaker to local bereavement providers in an affordable venue.
Dr. Kenneth J. Doka is a Professor Emeritus at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle and Senior Vice-President for Grief Programs for the Hospice Foundation of America. He is one of the authors of the text, Dying & Death: Life & Living.
A prolific author, some of Dr. Doka’s books include: When We Die: Extraordinary Experiences at Life’s End; Living with Grief since COVID -19; Intimacy and Sexuality during Illness and Loss; Aging America: Coping with loss, dying, and death in later life; The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia; Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss; Facing Illness and Death; Ethics and End-of-Life Care; Beyond Kübler-Ross: New Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Grief; Grieving beyond Gender: Understanding the Ways Men and Woman Mourn; Cancer and End-of-Life Care; Diversity and End-ofLife Care; Living with Grief: Children and Adolescents; Living with Grief: Before and After Death; Death, Dying and Bereavement: Major Themes in Health and Social Welfare (a 4 Volume edited work); Bridging the Gap between Knowledge and Practice; Living with Grief: Coping with Public Tragedy; Men Don’t Cry, Women Do: Transcending Gender Stereotypes of Grief; Living with Grief: Loss in Later Life; Disenfranchised Grief: Children Mourning, Mourning Children; Living with Grief: When Illness is Prolonged; Living with Grief: Who We Are, How We Grieve; Living with Grief: At Work, School and Worship; Living with Grief: Children, Adolescents and Loss; Caregiving and Loss: Family Needs, Professional Responses; Aging and Developmental Disabilities; and Disenfranchised Grief: New Directions, Challenges, and Strategies for Practice.
In addition to these books, he has published over 100 articles and book chapters. Dr. Doka is editor of both Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying and Journeys: A Newsletter to Help in Bereavement. He has an ongoing blog for Psychology Today entitled Good Mourning.
Continuing Education Approvals
Counselors and Social Workers: 5.5 clock hours for those who attend the entire program and complete the program evaluation. This program is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Provider #RCS071902.
Funeral Directors: 5 CE’s approved by the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.
Certified Funeral Service Practitioner: 5 contact hours approved by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.