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Pre-Death Grief & Loss II: Meaning Reconstruction for Families

Pre-Death Grief & Loss II: Meaning Reconstruction for Families

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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, PsyD, FT

Associate Director

Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Fellow in Thanatology

Association for Death Education and Counseling

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD


Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Professor Emeritus

Department of Psychology, University of Memphis

USD$99 for 3-hour module

Foreseeing an impending loss of a significant person through a terminal illness often triggers emotional turmoil and challenging dynamics in relationships and families.  On top of the caregiving burden for the person with the terminal illness, family members and significant others also have to cope with their own intrapsychic distress in preparation for the eventual separation from the significant one.  In this module, we will examine the caregiving distress and communication dilemmas, as well as anticipatory grief and separation anxiety, commonly experienced by families.  We will also highlight risk factors for those to-be-bereaved that indicate their vulnerability for possible complications in their post-loss adjustment.  In addition, learners will be presented guidelines to facilitate family communication over difficult topics using a meaning-oriented conversation guide.


  • Identify high-risk profiles for post-loss complications;

  • Describe the key features of anticipatory grief and separation anxiety; and

  • Use the conversation guide of “To Tell or Not To Tell” to facilitate family communication.

Note:  Completion of this module 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. Anticipatory Grief in Palliative Care:  The Role of Meaning (41 mins)
  2. From “Either-Or” to “Both-And”:  Confrontation and Avoidance at the End of Life (47 mins)

  3. Addressing Existential Concerns:  The Narrative Reconstruction of Relational Identity (38 mins)

  4. Pre-loss Dynamics in Families:  Awareness and Transparency (44 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.

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT

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Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, and maintains an active consulting and coaching practice.  He also directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition (, which provides online training internationally in grief therapy.  Neimeyer has published 33 books, including New Techniques of Grief Therapy:  Bereavement and Beyond, and serves as Editor of the journal Death Studies.  The author of over 500 articles and book chapters and a frequent workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process.  Neimeyer served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and Chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, & Bereavement.  In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, made a Fellow of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both ADEC and the International Network on Personal Meaning.

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD

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USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.

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