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Families Making Sense of Death: Professional and Personal Implications

This session examines grief through a family systems lens.  We will explore how to work with bereaved families and individuals from a meaning-making perspective. The presenter will utilize her trademarked Nadeau Family Mobile to demonstrate the effect that grief has on the family.  Participants will learn about strategies and interventions that bring together knowledge and skills from both psychotherapy and marriage and family therapy techniques. In addition, we will discuss the professional and personal implications of working with bereaved families.  Seasoned with poetry and sprinkled with humor, this interactive presentation will incorporate lecture, exercises, case examples, and Q & A.  By the end of the session, participants will: 

  • Understand how looking at grief through a family lens broadens and deepens what we see when viewing grief solely from an individual perspective.
  • Have greater knowledge of the role of family meaning-making in the course and nature of bereavement. 
  • Be able to use systems terms to describe how family structure changes following the death of a family member and how such changes can lead to long term family dysfunction. 
  • Gain strategies for interventions that can be helpful when working with bereaved families.


Janice Winchester Nadeau, Ph.D.

$20 for program; Includes Kosher box lunch
Payment is at the door.

6.0 CEUs:
- No additional fee for Social Work/Counseling.
- $10 additional CEU fee for Psychologists

This session is sponsored by Jewish Healing Network and the Lauri S. Bauer Foundation for Sudden Loss.


Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah
3220 Big Tree Lane
Wilmette, IL 60091

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