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The Grief We Whisper About: Dealing with Disenfranchised Loss

Free workshop on August 17, 2021 and August 18, 2021

About The Conference

Most clinical professionals have had limited training to deal with varied losses that are commonly disenfranchised by patient or client social groups. Miscarriage, deaths of incarcerated persons or from suicide or substance overdose, misunderstandings about grief style or cultural expectations or pet loss are just a few of the losses commonly overlooked by family and friends of the bereaved. Due to diminished social support, people often turn to caregiving professionals for supplementary counsel and support when a loss is “disenfranchised.” Certainly the Covid-19 pandemic has only further complicated everyone’s grief.

Conference Location:
Charles F. Snyder
Funeral Home & Crematory
3110 Lititz Pike
Lititz, PA 17543

Who Should Attend?

This conference is for, but not limited to, social workers, counselors, chaplains, clergy/pastors, therapists, longterm care or hospice and palliative care professionals, volunteers, funeral directors and after care workers, nurses, and Stephen Ministers.


Dr. William G. (Bill) Hoy holds a clinical faculty appointment in Medical Humanities at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. A popular speaker for groups of caregiving professionals across North America, Dr. Hoy has authored more than 100 journal articles, published papers, chapters and books.

Dr. Patti Anewalt is Director of the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss at Hospice & Community Care where she oversees services for more than 9,000 bereaved adults, children and teens each year. The focus of Dr. Anewalt’s clinical practice, writing and teaching is on issues related to end of life, grief, compassion fatigue and crisis response, presenting at the national, state and local level.


At the conclusion of this conference, participants will be able to:
– Describe the normal process of bereavement and how it is potentially disenfranchised.
– Identify five common disenfranchisements of loss in contemporary society.
– Utilize effective techniques to intervene with disenfranchised loss.

Conference Agenda

8:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. – Registration
8:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m.
– The normal process of bereavement and how it is potentially disenfranchised
– Integrative model for the grief process
– Five common disenfranchisements of loss in contemporary society
– Effective techniques to intervene with disenfranchised loss
– Hearing from those who have experienced disenfranchised grief.
– Q&A
11:45 a.m. or 5:45 p.m. – Concluding remarks

Costs And Registration

Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory is sponsoring this unique educational conference for local clinicians free of charge.
Registration deadline is August 8, 2021. Register early; space is limited.
Confirmation with directions will be sent upon receipt of registration.

Additional Information

This event will be held in person at Charles F. Snyder Funeral Homes & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA and as a webinar via Zoom from your own personal device. For registrants who choose to attend virtually, web-conferencing details will be provided the week prior to the event.


Contact Jody O’Neal at 717.872.5041.

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