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Live Online Training

Pre-Death Grief and Loss Series:
The Quest for Meaning in Terminal Illness

Earn Credits for 2 Orientation Modules
and 2 Techniques Modules toward
Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction
or Certification in Family-Focused Grief Therapy
Offered by the Portland Institute.

25-26 April 2024

Presented by

Carolyn Ng


Associate Director, Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Fellow in Thanatology, Association of Death Education and Counseling

Therapist, Anchorage for Loss and Transition

EARLY BIRD till 14 March 2024

Just SGD$700 for 2-day workshop

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In the course of counselling, you may come across clients who foresee their own impending death and separation from their loved ones through different illness and dying trajectories.  This training will introduce meaning reconstruction perspectives to understand the meaning crisis and examine the resulting death anxiety and preparatory grief as experienced by those who are diagnosed with a terminal illness.  It will also equip you with meaning-oriented intervention tools to facilitate life review and enhancement of sense of self, as well as prepare these clients to face various challenges in the end-of-life phase and their eventual death. 


  • To examine the threat of terminal illness and its implications from a tripartite meaning reconstruction framework

  • To address the pre-death anxiety and preparatory grief and unfinished business distress

  • To implement meaning-oriented techniques to facilitate the quest for meaning in the face of terminal illness and impending death


  • Terminal illness as a crisis of meaning

  • Use of Virtual Dream Stories to explore death anxiety and preparatory grief

  • Use of My Life Footprints to facilitate life review

  • Spiritual distress and hope along the dying trajectory

  • Use of Feast of My Life as a form of life celebration and legacy building

  • Application of various assessment tools to examine different dimensions of preparatory grief, differentiate between palliative grief and depression, and evaluate dying patient’s sense of dignity

Interested in
Pre-Death Grief and Loss Series?
Check out the other 2-day workshop on
Supporting Families
in the Face of An Impending Loss
on 15-16 August 2024.

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Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT, MMSAC, RegCLR

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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 a trained end-of-life doula and advanced care planning facilitator.  She is also trained in the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, USA, community crisis response by the National Organisation for Victim Assistance (NOVA), USA, as well as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) by LivingWorks, Canada. Her recent writing concerns meaning-oriented narrative reconstruction with bereaved families, with an emphasis on conversational approaches for fostering new meaning and action.Find out more at:


Dates: 25-26 April 2024

Time:   9am - 5pm

Online Delivery through Zoom

For enquiries, please call:  6425-2422


Regular Fee: SGD$775

Early Bird: SGD$700

~ Check with AHD for PCG status ~

EARLY BIRD till 14 March 2024

Just SGD$700 for 2-day workshop!

For workshop enquiries and registration, please email

For certification enquiries, please email

In collaboration with the Academy of Human Development (AHD) in Singapore, PI provides multiple training series in Meaning Reconstruction Grief Therapy for professionals from diverse disciplines.  

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