About the Webinar
No matter how well you know or think you know a spouse, partner, parent, sibling, child, business colleague - after a death grievers can be blind-sided by a postmortem discovery. The crisis may be initiated by a financial discovery, an updated/outdated will, the awareness of another sexual partner, a gambling addiction, or the squandering of financial assets and resources. Some caregivers feel betrayal and mutter, “After what I gave up to take care of him/her, this is the thanks I get!!!” Two questions emerge or erupt: “Who knows?” and “Who knew?” With support from clinicians, over time, another question emerges: “Now what?”
Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Identify common elements in postmortem discovery.
- Demonstrate ways to audit the extent of awareness of the postmortem discovery in family
- Formulate ways to support grievers grappling with “Now what?” through practicing “nexting” techniques.
About the Presenter
Harold Ivan Smith is a grief specialist on the teaching faculties of Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, and the Carondolet Medical Institute in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is recognized as a Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. He received the Distinguished Service Award from ADEC in 2009. He earned his doctorate from Asbury Theological Seminary and his EdS from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He graduated from the MidAmerican School of Funeral Service. He speaks frequently to grievers and grief counselors and educators. He has lectured in Vietnam, Taiwan, Switzerland, England and Haiti. He has facilitated Grief Gatherings, creative storytelling groups for grievers, at Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, for 18 years. His primary research is on borrowing narratives from the grief of U.S. Presidents and First Ladies. His book, Griefkeeping: Learning How Long Grief Lasts, chronicles the grief of 16 presidents and eight first ladies.
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