Number of weeks: 2
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
This course builds on Constructing the Bridge, Pt. 1: Loss and the Mourning After. You must complete that course before participating in this one.
When a member of your immediate family dies, you experience a painful transition from your familiar world. You are plunged into a new life that you don’t like. This death can also end or threaten your plans for the future. The loss of any family member throws the entire family into crisis. Before the construction of new family roles can begin, each person needs time and space to absorb the loss in his or her own way. All members must maintain the ability to disengage from the unit when necessary, but disengagement can be carried to far.
Death comes in many forms, bringing with it varying degrees of pain, sorrow and grief. When it comes, it disrupts your life story. It is a time when you are vulnerable in several areas. When a loved one dies, you focus on what you lose. You rarely focus on what you do not lose. You feel the loss of a loved one’s presence of this person in the ongoing story of your life.
You haven’t lost the years you lived with him or her, you have the past. You can continue to love and cherish the story of an earthly life that is now over. As you relive and retell the stories again and again, you’ll discover something new each time. Events in your life will remind you of the person and his or her continuing importance to you. Your life was shaped by who this person was; who he or she was can move you and strengthen your values and make a difference in your world.
This course will help lead you through reflections and rituals that will help you cope with the death of a family member. You should have already completed Part 1 of this course before enrolling in this one, because the two courses build upon each other.
Students are required to have a copy of Experiencing the Loss of a Family Member, by H. Norman Wright, for this course.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Annette Arnold-Pflaum is an ordained senior chaplain and is the founder and president of Wisteria Ministries. She has specialized in grief support and crisis counseling since the beginning of 2015.
Annette has been a State of Nevada Licensed Minister since 2014. She is also a Certified Lay Minister in the United Methodist Church and holds a certificate in Congregational Leadership.
A retired nurse, Annette holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology/family studies and associate degrees in education and para-medicine. She is a graduate of the Chaplaincy Nevada Theology Academy, where she is now an instructor, and has completed their advanced Clinical Pastoral Training.
Annette is honored to be co-leader of the Nevada State Chaplains Task Force: Crisis and Critical Response Team, which assists first responders, state officials, government entities and agencies, and Nevada citizens in times of disasters or other crises. Annette was part of the team that was on hand to assist after the 1 October Shooting in Las Vegas in 2017.
Having been a student herself with BeADisciple, Annette understands the benefits and joys of online education, and is excited to share those benefits with others!
Students in Part 1 Said…
“This class was awesome. Annette did a wonderful job covering the subject and gave amazing feedback. One of the best classes I have taken!!”
“I so much appreciated having this class available to me as it was very timely and relevant to my current situation. The instructor made herself available for any additional needs that I might have experienced throughout the course time frame, and beyond. The course structure was very much appreciated, with clear and understandable material, challenging questions and assignments, and lots of instructor feedback. I would recommend this class to anyone who needs a better understanding of their grief and how to manage it. Two thumbs up!!”
“I took the class because of my own grief, but hoped it would help me with others in my church. I know it will….the instructor was super. Thank you.”
“Great class and instructor! I’m looking forward to more classes with her.”