Navigating Grief and Loss (Session One): Understanding Grief


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Grief is both deeply personal and universal. As part of the human experience, it is the subject of poetry, art, song, and study. Join us for this introduction to the grieving process led by Joni Jackson-Malavasi, MSW. We will look at different types of grief as well as the tasks of grieving, including exploring why finding meaning after loss is so important. 

Joni's personal journey with grief and loss encouraged her to become qualified as a grief counselor to support and encourage people experiencing this painful, but not impossible, event. Joni recently earned her MSW from MSU Denver and is pursuing accreditation as an LCSW.  Joni juggles a professional career that spans translating and interpreting as well as helping to facilitate grief support groups. If she isn't behind her computer, or in a Zoom session, you'll find her in the kitchen, trying to convince herself she just might be related to Julia Child.

This session is just one part of an eight-part series on Navigating Grief and Loss. You can attend as many or as few sessions as you would like. Registration is required for each individual session. Email if you need assistance or have questions. The sessions in the series are:

•Session One:
Understanding Grief -- Friday, December 4 @ 3 PM
•Session Two:
Losing a Loved One During COVID: Ritual and Connection When We Can't Be Together -- Friday, December 11 @ 3 PM
•Session Three:
Reflective Life Writing Workshop: Making Meaning Out Of Grief -- Friday, December 18 @ 3 PM
•Session Four:
Collective Loss and Grief During COVID -- Friday, January 8 @ 3PM
•Session Five:
Coping With COVID-Induced Grief and Anxiety -- Thursday, January 14 @ 2 PM
•Session Six:
Grief In The LGBTQ Community -- Friday, January 15 @ 3 PM
•Session Seven:
Sex After Grief: Navigating Your Sexuality After Losing Your Beloved -- January 22 @ 3 PM
•Session Eight:
The Gift Of Your Presence: Supporting Someone Who Is Grieving -- January 29 @ 3 PM

This series is funded by the NextFifty Initiative.

This program will be presented on Zoom. Registration required below to get the Zoom link for this program. Once you have registered, you will receive an e-mail the day before the program with instructions on how to join. For best results, download Zoom prior to the event. 

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