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Facilitating Re-membering Conversations When Relationships Were Challenging, Abusive, or Troublesome, or When the Death Was Challenging

Taught by Dr Lorraine Hedtke (MSW, LCSW, Ph.D. & Author), this self-study, on-demand, online course is available for you to register and enjoy ANY TIME.

Drawing from narrative therapy, re-membering conversations are a conversational way to facilitate comfort for people who are grieving the death of a loved one, by making meaning that is supportive. Often, this means relocating stories so the deceased continue to have a place in the on-going lives of the living. However, when relationships are complex, painful or even abusive, we need to create a different kind of support for those who are grieving. This is also true when the nature of the death was very difficult.

In this session you’ll learn:

  • How re-membering conversations are positioned in contrast to traditional ideas of “closure” in historical grief psychology literature.
  • What new grief psychology research and philosophical stances include re-membering conversations.
  • How conflicted relationships with our deceased might contribute to a more difficult course of grieving and meaning making after loss.
  • How challenging or traumatic death events may be silenced and stigmatized, resulting in greater difficulty in grieving and meaning making.
  • How these kinds of re-membering conversations need to be facilitated differently from re-membering conversations when the relationship and death event did not include trauma.
  • A video example of how to help clients talk about mixed feelings, unanswered questions, and other troubling experiences in grieving, and how to make meaning and find comfort when living with these kinds of losses and grief.

This is a self-study, on-demand class, so when you complete your registration, you’ll immediately have access to the online classroom and receive:

  1. A recorded lecture, by Dr. Hedtke, covering the theory and basic ideas, skills, and kinds of questions that these kinds of re-membering conversations are constructed from.
  2. A set of slides that accompany Dr. Hedtke’s lecture.
  3. A video of Dr. Hedtke facilitating a re-membering conversation with a client who is talking about her grandfather who chose to end his life. You’ll get to see how this kind of re-membering conversation could look in a real-life conversation.

Registration fee: $65 USD



How will I get the course materials and online classroom access?

After you complete your registration payment, you will be forwarded to log into the Ruzuku platform to become a member of the course. You’ll access all course materials on the platform.

How do I get information about any in-person components of the course for which I registered?

All information about course will show up inside your Ruzuku online classroom page. If there is an in-person component to your course, you’ll find when, where, how all shared in the online classroom materials.

How will I participate in the online classroom?

You will need a computer and an internet connection. You will be directed to create a login for the private learning area after you have completed your course registration and payment. The classroom “Lessons” including discussion threads are inside the private learning area, which will become available to you upon completion of registration.

There is something wrong with and I can’t get my username and password to work?

Because is a popular platform and many teachers host courses there, your account with them is set up to allow you access to any course you register for, not just Creative Grief Studio courses. For privacy reason, we cannot therefore see your username, password, Ruzuku account information. While we can help you with issues related to our classrooms, we cannot help you with the overall Ruzuku account you create to access those classrooms. For this reason, if you have tech issues, please contact [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Can I get a refund?

It depends on the type of short course you’ve purchased. 1) If you’ve purchased a short course that happens online, there are no refunds because from the moment you register, you get the entire course. Even if you can’t attend the live call session of an online course, it is recorded and given to you as course material, so you miss nothing. 2) If however, you have purchased an in-person short course, the refund policy will depend on the details of that course, needs for registration to fill or not, date confirmation needs to be given to location venue, etc. See your individual course information for details on refund policy.

I have other questions you haven’t covered!

Cool. Email Tamara at [email protected] and she’ll be happy to help!