Presented by Dignity Memorial

Grief River®: A New Approach to Understanding and Supporting Loss

The Grief River® model evolved organically out of the popular “waves of grief” metaphor. It makes use of the phases of a river (headwaters, rapids, run, delta, and rejoining the sea) and other water analogies to provide a coherent narrative that places one’s current loss within the context of the entire life journey.

This model allows opportunities for connection and consolation through fostering relationship in nature,  as well as offering validation and inspiration by using the expressive arts, religion & spirituality, and philosophy. Hospice and health care clinicians can use this model to provide a compass and additional supplies to companion the bereaved.


Live on May 14, 2024 at noon ET and available on demand for one year

Length: 90 minutes
Continuing Education: 1.5 CE hours included with registration. 
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Expert Panelist:

Thom Dennis, DMin, LCPC, LMHC, FT is the creator of the Grief River® model. With over 30 years of experience supporting individuals and families as they navigate their way through some of life’s most turbulent and troubled waters, Thom brings real-world, practical knowledge applicable to all interdisciplinary team members working in hospice and palliative care. Read more.
  • Individual: Live and on-demand viewing and one CE certificate for one person.
  • Organization/Company: Live and on-demand viewing and CE certificates to staff within a single location. Additional locations can be added at a discount by emailing educate@hospicefoundation.org for pricing.

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