All About Grief

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This grief educational course is meant to support those who have either experienced a loss or those who are trying to support someone else who has experienced a loss.  In this course, you will learn:

  • The language of grief
  • The process & goal of grief
  • Conspiracy of Silence
  • Functioning – The First Two Years of Grief
  • Kinds of Grief
  • Coping With Grief
  • How to Support Others Who Are Grieving
  • How to Talk to Children
  • Recommended Resources & Books

The topic of grief can be very difficult.  Please be mindful of your needs.  If tears happen, let them.  If you need to take a break, please do so.  You can return whenever you are ready. 

About the Educator:


Licensed Professional Counselor

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People say, “Life is good,” but they forgot to mention there are rough patches that nearly everyone encounters along the way. Times when usual ways of coping such as talking to friends or family, or just trying to “forget about it” don’t seem to work.  It can feel pretty scary when you just can’t seem to bounce back or redirect; when you feel stuck and not like yourself.  Sometimes depression and anxiety begin to creep in.  Sometimes you begin to have relationship troubles. Sometimes you turn to unhealthy habits to try to cope. Carol is a compassionate and skilled psychotherapist with 27 years of experience helping people get back to feeling like themselves.  Carol is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has a Master’s degree in counseling from The College of New Jersey.  For the past 27 years, she has been a full-time therapist on the staff of the Counseling and Psychological Services at The College of New Jersey where she also provided clinical supervision and training for graduate student interns.  She has extensive experience providing individual and group psychotherapy for college students and young adults.  She has successfully treated clients with a wide variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, substance abuse, family concerns, issues related to sexual orientation, low self-esteem, lack of confidence and/or assertiveness, communication difficulties, and performance concerns (academic/sports/artistic).  She has particular interest and years of training and experience working with issues related to grief: parent loss, friend loss, sibling loss, loss of other family members, pet loss, losses by suicide, accident, illness and homicide.  Carol also has experience working with non-death losses such as home loss, job loss, health/ability loss, and relationship losses due to break ups or divorce.  Carol has extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of anxiety.


In this module, Paloma Amar, LPC, MFT & Justin Kahn, LPC introduce themselves and give you an overview of what to expect in this course.


How to Navigate This Course Introduction

What is Grief?

In this module, you will learn what grief is as well as the language of grief. Carol will also discuss the process of grief along with what the overall goal is.


The Language of Grief The Process & Goal of Grief Grief 101 & The Conspiracy of Silence

The First Two Years of Grief

In this module, you will learn what to expect in the first two years of grief. Carol will present a road map that will help guide you as you experience different emotions and go through different transitions and stages in grief.


What to Expect

Kinds of Grief

This module focuses on different types of grief including normal grief, anticipatory grief, disenfranchised grief, and secondary losses.


Normal Grief Anticipatory Grief Disenfranchised Grief Secondary Losses

Coping With Grief

Carol introduces many strategies that you an use to help cope with strong emotions while you are grieving.


Coping Strategies Deep Breathing Signs & Signals Lean Into Grief – More Coping Strategies The Use of Writing

How To Support Others Who Are Grieving

In this module, you will learn what to say/do and what not to say/do when trying to support others who are grieving.


What To Say/Do What Not To Say/Do Other Things To Know

How To Talk To Children

Carol talks about things to consider when talking to children about death. She also touches upon the funeral and/or wake and things to think about regarding the inclusion of your child or children.


How To Talk To Children About Death The Funeral And/Or Wake Keeping The Future Hopeful For Children

Recommended Resources & Books

Carol has a list of recommended resources and books that she shares with you in the last few lessons of this course.


Recommended Resources & Books