Janet McCord, PhD, FT

Janet McCord is Professor of Thanatology and Chair of the Edwin S. Shneidman Department of Thanatology at Marian University where she designed and now implements a fully online Master of Science in Thanatology. She is an author and a Certified Psychological Autopsy Investigator and involved in suicide prevention initiatives on the state and local level.

2020 Spring Seminar Brochure

Seminar One

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda: Confronting Guilt and Shame – and Regret – in Bereavement

A community seminar for the bereaved and caregivers.
Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Open to the Public – Free admission
Registration not required. Offers 2 CEUs – DSPS.

Following some anticipated deaths, especially cancer, or traumatic deaths such as heart attack, an aneurysm, suicide or drug overdose, the bereaved frequently experience profound guilt and shame. Intrusive questions sometimes experienced by grievers include “would she still be alive if I had only. . .?” Grievers sometimes fall into a “grief trap” of blaming themselves for the death of another, even when there is no causal connection. This presentation will examine concepts of feelings of guilt, shame and regret during bereavement, as well as strategies for helping others and ourselves heal, cope and persevere with empathy and connection.

Seminar Two

Devastating Losses: Understanding the Family Response to Suicide and Addiction

A seminar that explores grief and compassionate bereavement support.
Friday, April 17, 2020 | 9:00 am – Noon | Fee: $50
Open to the Public. Pre-registration is recommended.
Offers 3 CEUs – DSPS.

After a suicide or death due to addiction or overdose, family and friends are often shocked, confused and overwhelmed by a wide variety of emotional reactions. Survivors of these kinds of sudden and tragic deaths are frequently focused on discerning the answer to a single question: Why? Both deaths are stigmatized, and grievers are impacted by stigma as well. The bereaved in both cases are reluctant to speak openly about these deaths. A review of research literature on grief after suicide or drug overdose death will be provided along with information about help- seeking behaviors and resources survivors use immediately after the death, in the first years and the later years after a loss. Best practices and strategies for supporting families after drug overdose or suicide deaths will also be discussed.

2020 Spring Seminar Flyer

Register for the 2020 Spring Seminar

Both seminars will be held at:

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

For more information or a program brochure contact:
WingsTM – A Grief Education Ministry
Nan or Gary Zastrow 715.845.4159 or wings1@charter.net
Or Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services
Amy Kitsembel 715.847.2703
Professional CEU’s approved by WI DSPS for both programs.