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

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

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

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 explore personal grieving style and how it is shaped by social and cultural factors.


  • 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.

Note:  Completion of this program and return of the Responsive Journal satisfies 1 Orientation Module required for Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction or Certification in Family-Focused Grief Therapy.


This program contains the following video segments:

  1. Loss as a Family Affair:  Systemic and Developmental Dimensions (43 mins)
  2. Grieving Styles:  Emotional Shockwaves and Family Roles (37 mins)

  3. Dual Processes of Mourning:  A Relational Interpretation (29 mins)

  4. Family-Focused Grief Therapy:  A Meaning Reconstruction Framework (43 mins)



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 master clinical member and approved supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) and 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 holds an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary in the USA.  She is also a trained end-of-life doula and advanced care planning facilitator.  Find out more at:

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT

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USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.

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