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The 6th Stage of Grief: Why Meaning Making is More Important Than Ever

David Kessler, MA, RN, FACHE
1 Hour 03 Minutes
Audio and Video
Apr 28, 2022
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“There is no meaning in dying in a pandemic.” I’ve heard this from so many people over the last two years. And they’re right. And the meaning isn’t in the “why.” The meaning is in us and what we do after…and today making meaning in the wake of loss is more important than ever before. In this incredibly moving session, you’ll watch David Kessler, the world’s foremost expert on grief and loss, as he shows you how your clients can go beyond acceptance and find ways to replace painful memories with meaningful connections and move toward personal growth. We’ve all lost so much, but by making meaning we can stop feeling like we need to move on and start feeling like we can move forward.



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 1.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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David Kessler is one of the world’s foremost experts on grief and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life, even after life’s tragedies.

He is the author of six books, including his latest bestselling book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. He co-authored two books with Elisabeth Kubler Ross, Life Lessons and On Grief and Grieving, updating her 5 stages for grief. He also co-wrote, You Can Heal Your Heart with Louise Hay. He authored Visions Trips and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die. His first book, The Needs of The Dying received praise from Saint (Mother) Teresa.

David’s personal experience as a child witnessing a mass shooting while his mother was dying in a hospital helped him begin his journey. For most of his life, David has taught physicians, nurses, counselors, police, and first responders about the end of life, trauma, and grief. However, despite his vast knowledge of grief, his life was turned upside down by the sudden death of his twenty-one-year-old son.

David’s volunteer work includes being a founding member of Project Angel Food, a well-known and loved non-profit organization. He currently serves on the board of The Farrah Fawcett Foundation which provides cancer research, patient assistance, and prevention efforts. He also serves as Specialist Reserve for the Los Angeles Police as well as having served on the Red Cross’s disaster services team.

He has a new online model of grief support called Tender Hearts with over 25 groups each as well as one of the most respected Grief Certification programs. He is the founder of, which receives millions of visits yearly providing helpful resources to over 167 countries.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: David Kessler is the is the co-founder and President Emeritus of Project Angel Food. He is a published author and receives royalties. David Kessler receives a speaking honorarium and recording and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: David Kessler is a board member for the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. He is a team member of the Health Care Executives of Southern California, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Red Cross.


  1. Analyze the role of guilt in the development of prolonged grief and identify the corresponding counselling and treatment implications.
  2. Investigate how adding “meaning” to current grief models can enhance posttraumatic growth and resiliency.
  3. Use a positive psychology lens in work with grieving clients to help them adjust to loss and gain a new sense of meaning.


  • Strategies to address the guilt and helpless of loss in special circumstances
  • The Kubler-Ross’s stage authentic model and how a new stage of meaning can enhance posttraumatic growth and resiliency
  • Techniques for using grounded positive psychology to help witness vs. “fixing” grief
  • How if not used correctly support can look lie brightsiding and toxic positivity

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Therapists
  • Other Helping Professionals

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