Register now for November 7, 2020
We are excited to announce that this year's conference will have two tracks: one for adults and another for children/youth ages 6-17.
There are three workshop time slots, with a choice of 5 or 6 different workshops in each time slot for you to choose from. The list below provides an overview of the different sessions grouped by time slot (A, B, or C). For a detailed description of the sessions, click on the image associated with the topic, which will take you to another page with all the details and the option to download PDF file with a description of all the sessions offered on the day of the conference.
NEW this year is a child/youth track. Your child/youth must be between 6 and 17 years old to attend. After you register a child, Roger Neilson House will contact you to complete a mandatory (confidential) intake form. This process will ensure that your child's needs are reviewed with you in advance of the conference on Nov 7 2020, and support a great experience for them. This day is designed to help support your child/youth in the grieving of someone in their life and includes a full program of learning age-appropriate activities to explore death, dying and grief.
Adult participants will be asked to select one session from the Workshop "A" Time Slot during the registration process.
Speakers: Laurie Rail & Jane Davey
Many grieving workshops focus on people’s acute grief period: what grievers are experiencing their first days, weeks and months following the death. This workshop focuses on the period after the first year, and well beyond. It provides more insight into what that timeline will give those people who are further into their grieving journey.
This workshop will illustrate how the years following the first year of grieving will differ significantly.
Speaker: Anne DeButte
The aim of this workshop is to have participants view their grief differently, with less fear and resistance. It will help participants work with their grief daily by having the confidence and tools to help them cope and move towards healing and peace.
Focussed on those of you who are newly bereaved (less than 2 years), you will discover:
· the importance of grieving;
· how and why grief affects you;
· how to work with your feelings, emotions, and thoughts.
Speaker: Margaret Maier, CEO Naturally You
There is no doubt that the death of a loved one can be traumatic and this
trauma, if unresolved, can show up in our minds and bodies in different ways. Internal stress and even forms of pain can become chronic if grief emotions are not addressed. In my case, the suicide of my son, Adam, set me on a downward spiral of depression, anxiety, bad habits and feeling hopeless. This presentation offers a path out of the downward spiral.
Speaker: Kathryn Zettel
Learning how to flow with the cycle of life, death and new life is both our greatest gift, and, challenge within our human experience. Accepting the impermanence of life, and living with the loss, compels us to learn how to be with grief. Grief is more than an emotional response to loss; it has a purpose and it is a skill to be learned. Grief affects us physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually.
Speakers: Christiane Zeithammel, Lisa Rhoades & Debbie Charbonneau
Our experienced Death Doulas will take you on a journey to gain knowledge and experience about alternative approaches to grief and loss. We will demonstrate the difference between grief and bereavement, define the various types of grief that can arise at the loss of a loved one and explain how Death Doulas can support the grieving process, both anticipatory grief, as well as post-death grief.
Adult participants will be asked to select one session from the Workshop "B" Time Slot during the registration process.
Speaker: Andrea Courey
We are vibratory beings. By participating in a guided sound healing experience with crystal bowls, chimes, drums and other instruments, you can raise your personal vibration, deepen your meditation practice and achieve a level of inner peace.
In this presentation, you will be introduced to the healing power of sound that will help you cultivate inner peace and help you raise your own personal vibration.
Speakers: Bonney Elliott, Patricia Barrett-Robillard, RN, Melina Ladouceur, Social Worker
The grieving process is often more complex after death from a chronic illness such as cancer. Not only are caregivers mourning a loss, but they may also have been putting their own aside. We will demonstrate the person-centred, strengths-based coaching approach that we use with bereaved caregivers as they navigate the path of recovery from caregiver burnout/compassion fatigue.
Speaker: Kyla Carson
A present loss can evoke unresolved grief from a previous loss. If those feelings have not been worked through sufficiently, and this is often the case, one may be surprised by the flood of unresolved pain that arises.
In this workshop, through meditation, visualization exercises and various other techniques including journaling, you will be offered the opportunity to heal some of this residual pain.
Speaker: Kathleen Leeson RH
In this workshop, I will explain the usual way we approach a difficult problem and then will show the Wise Woman Way to work through grieving or loss. I will demonstrate the “how-to” ways by having a participant interact with me. By observing this interaction all participants will see the process of transformation in action and understand how Wisdom Ways can transform the experience of loss. The workshop may end with a group meditation if time allows.
Speaker: Lesley Sabourin, Perinatal Hospice Nurse Coordinator
Supporting grieving children and youth in the school environment can be challenging for both educators and parents. It’s not uncommon for children and youth to worry about their grief surfacing at school, and to struggle with concentrating in class. This presentation, designed for parents and educators, will explore a number of practical strategies for supporting a healthy grief process for children of all ages within a school environment.
Adult participants will be asked to select one session from the Workshop "C" Time Slot during the registration process.
Speaker: Andrea Courey
We can learn to communicate directly with spirit!
This is a participatory, hands-on workshop to help release doubt and give participants tools to develop their own abilities to communicate directly with spirit. One of the biggest obstacles to communicating with spirit is our own doubt. This workshop helps you remove that doubt and gives concrete steps to build confidence and your own personal practice.
Speaker: Rebecca Ross
The objective of this workshop is to introduce mindfulness meditation for grief through a trauma-informed lens, making these essential practices safe and approachable for all experiencing grief and loss. This workshop would also be appropriate for therapists and counselors who recommend mindfulness approaches for grief and loss.
Speakers: Margaret (Lorrie) Beaton & Andrea Steinwand, Bereaved Families of Ontario – Ottawa Chapter
In this interactive and experiential workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of the use of expressive arts within grief work. Art making has the power to tap into non-verbal creative processes in the brain that are necessary for psychological transformation and it has the potential to offer a process for reflection, insight, meaning-making, and healing.
Kathleen Leeson RH, Shamanic Healer;
Carrie Fawcett, Ceremonialist;
Michele Bougie, Shaman; Debbie Charbonneau, & Christiane Zeithammel, Death Doulas
This panel has decades of experience in the art of navigating the Waters of Consciousness: freeing ourselves from the depths of sorrow, plotting a course and eventually sailing across to shore. These experts will share their own personal experiences of recovery and their knowledge in hopes that it may be helpful.
Speaker: Barb Juett, Bereavement Social Worker
Panel Members: Scott Markovic, Julia St-Jean, Lisa Vadeboncoeur, Roland Tiamuh
The relationship that people share with their siblings is potentially the longest one they will ever have. When a sibling dies, the grief experienced is very unique. When a parent dies, you lose the past. When a child dies, you lose the future. When a sibling dies, you lose both the past and the future. In many ways, siblings often experience 2 loss.