Live Training

Grief & Loss in Families:
A Systemic & Meaning Reconstruction Perspective I

Earn Credit for 1 Orientation Module toward
Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction
or Certification in Family-Focused Grief Therapy
Offered by the Portland Institute.

June 30, 2021

9am-12pm, PDT

Presented by

Carolyn Ng, PhD, FT

Associate Director

Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Fellow in Thanatology

Association for Death Education and Counseling

USD$99 for 3-hour module

Death is a crisis that all families will encounter and grief is a family affair.  In the aftermath of bereavement, no loss is experienced in a vacuum and no one is spared from its impact.  This module will equip learners to look at grief and loss through a meaning reconstruction lens, and appreciate the systemic impacts on the bereaved families.  This will also enable learners to go beyond an individual perspective on grieving and facilitate post-loss adjustment and meaning-making attempts within and between all family members.


Learners will encounter useful concepts for assessing family function in the aftermath of loss, including the distinctive impact of the deaths of a spouse, child, parent, and sibling, the resulting emotional shockwaves that reverberate through the family system when death interrupts its equilibrium, and the circular causality that links members of the family despite their differences.  Learners will also practice one flexible method for promoting narrative co-construction of meaning in family-focused grief therapy.


  • Describe the Dual Process Model from a systemic perspective;

  • Recognize different grieving styles that influence a bereaved family’s post-loss adjustment; and

  • Facilitate a family conversation about the “back story” of the loss experience.


  • A PDF copy of the presentation slides;

  • Grieving Styles Grid, an interactive tool to explore and illustrate the diversity of grieving styles; and

  • The BOND with Our Family's Lost Member, a family conversation guide to invite a joint narrative of the deceased’s life stories.

Attendance in the live training session confers credit of 1 Orientation Module leading to Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction or Certification in Family-Focused Grief Therapy.


  • 9am-12pm, PDT: Portland, OR, which corresponds to 12-3pm in New York, 5-8pm in London, and 6-9pm in Amsterdam.

The Zoom meeting link and the module materials will be emailed to all registrants in due course.


Presenting Faculty

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT, MMSAC, RegCLR maintains a private practice, Anchorage for Loss and Transition, for training, supervision and therapy in Singapore, while also serving as an Associate Director of the Portland Institute.  Previously she served as Principal Counsellor with the Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore, specialising in cancer-related palliative care and bereavement counselling.  She is a registered counsellor, master clinical member and approved supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC), a Fellow in Thanatology with the Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC), USA, as well as a consultant to a cancer support and bereavement ministry in Sydney, Australia.  She is certified in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Narrative Therapy, and she is also a trained end-of-life doula.  Find out more at:

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT

USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.