Seminar One:

Grief Ain’t Exactly What I Had In Mind In This Chapter Of My Life

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm Free of charge and open to the public

No one gets “a pass” on grief. Sooner or later, grief whispers, “You’re it!” However, contemporary culture insists that grievers “get over it” and quickly “move on.” Some can do neither so they sink the grief somewhere deep within oneself. Grief is about giving time and space to grieve deliberately and intentionally. It’s about declaring “My grief counts.” Each of us has a unique one-of-a-kind thumbprint. Therefore, each of us will grieve differently.

Seminar Two:

A Daunting Intersection: When Tragic Death Collides With Family Relationships

Friday, April 21, 2017 | 9:00 am – Noon | Fee: $50

Open to the public Any family structure and security can be challenged by a death; more so by a traumatic death such as murder, suicide, substance abuse, or an act of terror. The grief is compounded with media coverage which the family finds invasive. The grief angst can be heightened when the death has a “tint” or hint of scandal and/or when linked to drugs or alcohol dependency. The death forces a family, or family members, to confront denied realities in the family narrative. Individuals in the family in “recovery” may be tempted to by-pass pain and grief by returning to abusing substances. The family structure can be challenged by a longing for revenge or revengeful behavior. For other families, the legal system further compounds their lives; some grievers identify themselves as dually victimized. The reality in today’s society is that no family is immune from an unexpected, life upending death by trauma.

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Harold Ivan Smith (Seminar Presenter)

We welcome Harold Ivan Smith once again – one of our favorite and requested guest speakers – who is recognized as a Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Though he is often remembered by the stories he tells about individuals with historical significance, we are intrigued by the lessons they give to each of us for our own life journey.

Harold Ivan Smith is a bereavement specialist on the teaching faculty of Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri. He earned his doctorate from Asbury Theological Seminary and an EdS from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Smith has written 12 books on bereavement and pastoral care including A Decembered Grief, When Your People Are Grieving, GriefKeeping: Learning How Long Grief Lasts and Borrowed Narratives: Using Historical and Biographical Narratives with the Bereaving.

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Both seminars will be held at:

Holiday Inn & Suites – Cedar Creek
1000 Imperial Avenue, Rothschild, WI

For more information or a program brochure contact:

Wings—a Grief Education Ministry Nan or Gary Zastrow 715.845.4159 or Or Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services Amy Kitsembel 715.847.2703 Professional CEU’s available for both programs.

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Presented by Wings™-a Grief Education Ministry who partners with Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services to provide these seminars as a community service. Other major sponsors include Brainard Funeral Home, Helke Funeral Home, and Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Homes & Crematory. For a complete list of sponsors, visit