Understanding Grief

Friday April 25, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. at the Almonte United Church Social Hall

Speaker: Barbara Carroll

Topic: Understanding Grief


The lecture will begin by defining grief and outlining the grief process. It will then discuss how our understanding of grief is shaped by a society that is uncomfortable with death, loss and bereavement, and look at the ways in which this understanding influences how we grieve and how we respond to those who have suffered a loss. The speaker will identify the ways our learned responses are unhelpful for those who are bereaved or for those who support them. It will conclude by introducing more adaptive strategies for grieving our own losses, and for supporting others who are grieving.

Speaker’s Profile:

Barbara Carroll has a PhD in psychology from Carleton University with specialities in grief and bereavement and group processes. She taught psychology at Carleton, McGill, and Trent Universities for 15 years, consulted for organizations, and now works as a grief and bereavement specialist in Lanark County. She has trained with leaders in the field of grief, bereavement, traumatic loss and palliative care, and is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and Group Facilitator. Barbara provides one-on-one grief counselling for those suffering a loss due to death as well as losses due to major life transitions. She also offers specialty bereavement groups in areas such as losses due to suicide, multiple losses, loss of a spouse, and neonatal loss, and groups for those who experience loss due to infertility, separation and divorce, job loss, or retirement. In addition, Barbara continues to write and speak publicly about grief, loss, and bereavement.

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