Education and Support
Nan and Gary believe that education is the key to healing grief. Since 1997, they have offered workshops, seminars, and presentations to individuals that are a mixture of education and support. They do not advice or counsel; but rather offer support based on their own experiences and the knowledge they’ve acquired throughout their journey. Both are Certified Grief Educators through Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s programs at the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado. They continue to learn by attending ongoing continued education classes, seminars, and through the experiences of those who attend their groups.
EDUCATION AND SUPPORT GROUPS
Nan and Gary host 3 education and support group series each year. In Spring and Fall, they facilitate a 6-week series called Getting Back to Life after Loss. In May and June, they facilitate a 4-week series called Finding the Other Side of Sadness—Moving from Grief to Mourning. Be sure to look for the postings on these events by visiting our website or subscribing to our online ELetter.
GOOD GRIEF, BAD GRIEF. GETTING BACK TO LIFE AFTER LOSS‒PART 1
A six-week series: Education and Support for Grief, Loss and Transition. Grief is not an event that begins and ends. It becomes part of your life. It is an active, ongoing process of turning your sadness in to a meaningful life again. Our group is not about changing you, but rather about offering you a space for healing and understanding where change can take place.
Spring Series 2017:
Meets: Tuesdays: 6:00-7:30 pm Tuesdays: January 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 14, 21
Fall Series 2017:
Meets: Tuesdays: 6:00-7:30 pm Meets September and October (please check for dates)
20TH ANNUAL UNDERSTANDING GRIEF SPRING CONFERENCE HAROLD IVAN SMITH
Professional CEUs available for both seminars.
Thursday Evening: April 20, 2017 7:00-9:00 pm | Community program. No charge.
Grief Ain’t Exactly What I Had in Mind in this Chapter of My Life.
Friday Morning: April 21, 2017 9:00 am-Noon | Community and Caregiver program. | Cost $50
LIVING THE NEW NORMAL AFTER LOSS‒PART 2
Meets: Tuesdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017 | 6:00 –8:00 pm
21ST ANNUAL HOLIDAY REMEMBRANCE PROGRAM
Meets: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 (tentative—watch for future details)
GRIEF WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
Each spring Wings presents an Understanding Grief Seminar with a professional grief expert. See our main page for current and upcoming seminars. Our seminars and workshops are supported financially by sponsors. Sponsors may change from time to time for individual events.
On the first Tuesday of December, Wings presents a Holiday workshop for bereaved families in the community.This theme-based program is new each year and provides healing tips for coping with holiday grief.
Nan and Gary are certified grief educators and survivors of six sudden deaths.They offer a variety of subjects and presentations for groups.
View a list of our past speakers for our Spring Understanding Grief seminars.
It is with sincere thanks that we acknowledge our Sponsors, Partners, and In-Memory Donations. Each spring, after the seminar, this list is updated and posted on our website.