Number of weeks: 3
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: Yes
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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These are very dear and touching times, during these COVID days, as we go forward in our personal grieving or know of others who are touched by theirs. How timely may this be for us to explore and share about our own grieving and that of those dear to us!
We will be sharing a Book Study together based on the text, “Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart”, by Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD. author, educator and grief counselor, Dr Wolfelt is known across North America for his compassionate messages about healing in grief. Recipient of the Association of Death Education and Counseling’s Death Educator Award, he serves as Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Together we will grow through our own insights and those of Dr Wolfelt and our classmates. We will come to a renewed realization and conviction that we can and will become “reconciled” in our grieving even if this cannot be “resolved”.
Our book study will include one live meeting time each week on Thursday night at 8:00 pm (EST). Besides interacting with one another through regular discussions on Blackboard we will also meet “face-to-face” through our online Zoom meetings each Thursday from 8 to 9 p.m. (EST). Your participation in these scheduled meetings is pertinent to the course; please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Information on how to access Zoom will be given in the Blackboard course site.
Learners will be required to obtain a copy of the following books:
Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD
Understanding Your Grief Journal: Exploring the Ten Essential Touchstones by Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD
This course is worth 1.5 CEUs and allows for a maximum of 12 participants.
About the Instructor
Jerry Herauf (M.A., M.Div.) trained and practiced ministry in the Jesuit community for 18 years before continuing his lay ministry in publishing and pastoral care for more than four decades. He taught at the high school and college levels before moving into pastoral care ministry as a chaplain and as director of pastoral care ministries in hospitals and long-term care facilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He was a senior editor with Novalis Publishers and recently co-authored Healing Our Church, which deals with clerical sexual abuse.
Jerry is a certified spiritual counselor and has become increasingly involved in presenting seminar courses for the grieving. He also has directed retreats ranging from one-on-one counseling to Ignatian retreats lasting from a weekend to 30 days, as well as those taking place in everyday lives. His current passion is to provide online courses in marriage and grieving.
Jerry and his wife, Jan, are parents of two grown children and two granddaughters.