Center to Advance the Study of Loss

Upcoming Events

Community Writing Group - CANCELED
When Words Are Too Painful To Speak: Writing our Loss Stories
Thursday, April 3, 2014 9:00am-12:00pm
Location: YMCA-Platte County Community South, 8875 Clark Avenue Parkville, MO 64152

There are some losses that seem too painful to talk about. We may pride ourselves for making it through another day without acknowledging the deep pain we feel. Yet, somewhere inside, we know that we are not working through the pain of loss in a healthy fashion. Some of us may even experience distance from people close to us as they tire of hearing the painful depth of loss and fear we may not move forward in life. This group will create a safe haven where we can explore these losses by learning how to write out our stories and release some of the tension and fear we ourselves may hold. These groups are open to all, young and old, professional and general public, and include loss from employment, from relationships [i.e., divorce, etc.], or from the death of a close other.

Terminal Illness/Death Notification Workshop for Professionals
The Burden of Bearing Tragic News: Why Me?
TBD, Fall 2014

Training for the delivery of bad news to others is critical to aid the emotional processing for the recipient/s. Each and every day, professionals are called upon to give bad news to individuals and families as part of their profession. Doctors, paramedics, nurses, social workers, religious clergy, police officers and others are often faced with the difficult task of carrying a message of loss to others, often strangers to the messenger. Delivery style can be a defining factor in how one processes the news. Join us to learn how to mitigate the unwanted news by using careful wording, empathy and planning. This workshop is designed for professionals who need to strategize and discuss procedures and practices for conveying bad news, in order to lessen the trauma that often accompanies the message.