Live Training

Non-Death Loss:

Grieving the Lost Assumptive World [Part II]

Earn Credit for 0.5 Core Course toward

Specialized Certification in Grief Therapy for Non-Death Losses

Offered by the Portland Institute.

September 11, 2020

9-11am, PDT


September 14, 2020

9-11am, SGT

Presented by

Darcy L. Harris, RN, RSW, PhD, FT

Associate Professor and Thanatology Coordinator

King's University Collage, London, Canada

Faculty Mentor

Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

USD$99 for 3-hour module

Grief is a natural and nearly universal response to the death of a loved one.  But what is less recognized is that it is also a response to circumstances that have far less social recognition and support—the loss of health to illness or injury, the demise of relationships through betrayal or separation, the erosion of financial security through unemployment or retirement, challenges to identity through loss of community, and more.  With longer lives come changing roles, and often difficult decision-making about healthcare and residence leading to further losses that reverberate for individuals, family systems, and professional care networks.  Relationships die while those who were in these relationships continue to live.  The world we have known can dramatically change, leaving us with a plenitude of losses we can scarcely name, but keenly feel.  All of these transitions can deeply challenge our assumptions about how life is or should be, and how we see ourselves, others, and the future. 

In this workshop, we will explore the underpinnings and impact of these types of losses on our daily lives, including how we find meaning within our social networks.  Special attention will be given to the clinical and social implications for those who experience a wide range and variety of non-death losses.  The session will also introduce the use of a validated measure (non-death loss version) to explore the impact of the social network upon the ability to make meaning after significant non-death losses.


  • Describe how social norms, messages, and context affect the grieving process in non-death losses;

  • Identify specific types of non-death losses that are directly shaped by the social / political context in which they reside;

  • Discuss clinical implications and support for individuals who experience ongoing grief and chronic sorrow; and

  • Utilize a validated measure (SMILES) to identify the impact of social interactions upon non-death loss experiences.


  • Instructions for creating spheres of the assumptive world;

  • The Social Meaning in Life Events Scale (SMILES), the full validated scale with instructions for use in clinical and research contexts; and

  • Rubrics for brief reflective writing that, upon completion, confers credit of 0.5 Core Course leading to Specialized Certification in Grief Therapy for Non-Death Losses (3 hours total activity, including 2-hour webinar and approximately 1-hour reflection).


  • 9-11am, PDT: Portland, OR, which corresponds to 12-2pm in New York, 5-7 pm in London, and 6-8 pm in Amsterdam.

  • 9-11am, SGT: Singapore, which corresponds to 9am-11am in Hong Kong and Perth, 11am-1pm in Sydney and Melbourne, and 1pm-3pm in Auckland and Wellington.

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


Presenting Faculty

Darcy L. Harris, RN, RSW, PhD, FT is an Associate Professor and the Thanatology Coordinator at King’s University College in London, Canada, where she also maintains a private clinical practice specializing in issues related to change, loss, and transition.  Darcy developed the undergraduate degree program in Thanatology at King’s University College.  She has served on the board of directors of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and is a current member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement.  She is a series co-editor for Routledge Publishing Company’s Death, Dying, and Bereavement Series.  Her publications include Counting our Losses: Reflecting on Change, Loss, and Transition in Everyday Life (Routledge), Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice (Routledge), Principles and Practice of Grief Counseling (Springer), The Handbook of Social Justice in Loss and Grief: Exploring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Routledge), and Non-Death Loss and Grief: Context and Clinical Implications (Routledge).  Darcy serves as a faculty mentor with the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition.

Darcy L. Harris,


USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.

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