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Digital Seminar

GRIEVING LOSS MINDFULLY & WITH SELF-COMPASSION WHEN THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT HAS CHANGED - Supporting our clients with mindful approaches to loss and grief

Beaté Steller, M.A.P.S. M.A.Ed. B.S.W (Hon) R.N.
2 hours
Dec 07, 2020
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So much has changed in this current climate and everyone has been affected by many losses.
This short course will present a mindful approach to working through loss and grief when learning new ways to cope with a changed world. Mindfulness is a way of reducing stress and anxiety in a clinically proven approach. The workshop will draw on John Kabat Zinn’s (2011) work which suggests that ‘the challenge of mindfulness is to work with the very circumstances that you find yourself in – no matter how unpleasant, how discouraging, how limited, how unending and stuck they may appear to be. It is right here that the real work needs to happen. Right in that moment, you touch the core of your being and invite mindfulness to enter and heal.’ Promoting a mindful approach to our clients and practicing mindfulness ourselves will help us to be more present to loss and grief work.

Often we can be very hard on ourselves when we experience these significant losses and are impatient with ourselves. We have trouble facing our vulnerabilities when we walk with grief. For this reason, having ‘self compassion’ is a critical component of the grief journey. As Kristin Neff, Ph.D (2015) as one of the world leading experts on ‘self compassion’ points out: ‘Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with personal failings – after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?’

With simple mindfulness-based exercises we are able to restore mind, body and spirit. Experience and learn how to teach easy to follow meditations that calm the body and mind. The mindful loss and grief journey may allow a space for transforming and healing grief and finding the spiritual and emotional resilience needed to move through this challenging time. Often opportunities for making meaning and living life with more awareness can grow.

Reflecting and noticing our client’s reactions to their losses provides us with an opportunity to apply a mindfulness approach to our work. It is about becoming aware of our own triggers and pain reactions when we listen to some of our client’s stories. Learn to become less controlled by them, which in turn makes us more available to ‘be present’ with our clients. Reflect on how our own reactions can hinder us in supporting our clients to work through complex loss and grief.

Feedback from Beate’s most recent presentations for PDP: (to be updated)

“Very good!! Great info. Lots of links to resources.”

"Completely relevant to current client needs - so pleased I chose to do this."

“So much great content. Beate´ is fabulous.”

“Would have loved two days of this - I loved the pace, relevance and resources.”

“Very informative and practical – thank – you!”

“Excellent” “Fantastic”

“It was the best PDP Seminar I have attended. Informative, educational, hands on. Everyone was involved it was interactive, different variety of resources used. Really enjoyed it.”

“Great learning today. Thank you.”

“Beate´ shares a lot of relevant, hands on stories that brings reality to the theory and information. Beate´ is a wonderfully warm engaging presenter.”

“Practical, usable, and far more grounded that I had imagined!”

“Wonderful, valuable training – really opened my thinking on loss and grief leaving me feeling much more confident to support my grieving clients (and myself and family) at this difficult time."



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 2 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Learning objectives of this training:

  • Learn and practice a mindfulness approach when supporting clients through their bereavement.
  • Incorporate the principles of mindfulness in grief education with clients
  • Understand current resources and research related to loss and grief
  • Recognise how supporting those who are grieving can impact on your wellbeing
  • Learn how to practice self-compassion and how to encourage our client’s to become more compassionate with themselves, too.

“Grieving mindfully introduces ancient and effective mindfulness practices and encourages us to use them to become more mindful of inner life as the grief process unfolds.”  (J. Brantley, Director of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, 2005)​


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • By promoting a mindful approach with your clients and practicing mindfulness yourselves you will become more present and fearless in loss and grief work.
  • By developing greater Self Compassion we prevent burnout and model one of the most critical healing skills in loss and grief work.
  • Discover through a mindfulness approach the option of holding grief as meaningless pain or as a journey of understanding and wisdom.


Session One

  • Overview of current research and models of loss and grief and their relevance to mindfulness.
  • Mindfulness and its benefits when working with grief.
  • Grieving mindfully, living mindfully.
  • The role of Self compassion in grief work.
  • Identifying and developing tailored self-care plan.

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

Professionals working in the field of loss, grief and bereavement, such as social workers, counsellors, therapists, psychologists and other allied health professionals

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