“Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Populations Throughout the Community”

The death of a family member or friend is life altering to those close to them. Grief touches all areas of our life and is experienced mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and socially. While grief is a universal experience and normal reaction to loss, grief may manifest in the lives of people in a variety of ways. Grief is impacted by many factors, including our personality, preferences, family, culture, and beliefs, to name a few. This seminar will explore how a person’s death impacts individuals close to them and how a person’s death reverberates throughout a community. We will explore how public losses from violent deaths to COVID deaths impact how we grieve as a society. We will discuss various cultural aspects of grief and loss throughout our communities and ideas for awareness, engagement, and inclusion within groups providing bereavement support. We share approaches to care, techniques for providing support, and ideas for delivery methods that are client centered and comprehensive.

– Andy McNiel, MA

2023 Keynote Speaker – Ryan’s Place Grief Seminar


, &Grief Seminar Schedule:

7:30am Registration

8:00am Welcome & Introductions

8:15am Session One – Andy McNiel, MA

            “Our Role as Bereavement Professionals and Volunteers” (Includes Ethical Consideration for the Grieving Community)

9:45am Break

10:00am Session Two – Andy McNiel, MA

            “Community Awareness, Engagement, and Inclusion”

11:30am Lunch & Networking with Vendors

12:15pm Breakout Sessions

            Breakout One – “Approaches, Techniques, and Service Delivery Methods”

  • Andy McNiel, MA

            Breakout Two – Make It Take It – Activities to Use with Grieving Children

  • Lindsy Diener-Locke, Chris Seminario, & Michele Fanfair-Steury

2:00pm Session Three – Andy McNiel, MA

            “Panel Discussion & Q&A”

3:30pm Survey, Closing Comments, and Door Prizes

Additional Support comes from: Elkhart Community Schools, Bashor Children’s Home and Michiana Counseling Center.

For More Information

Please contact [email protected] or call 574-535-1000