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Live Online Training

Pre-Death Grief and Loss Series:
Supporting Families in the Face of An Impending Loss

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.

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15-16 August 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 3 July 2024

Just SGD$700 for 2-day workshop!

In the course of counselling, you may come across clients who foresee their impending loss of someone significant in their lives through different terminal illnesses and other life-threatening circumstances (e.g. comatose state resulted from a severe accident or a fast-progressing critical medical condition).  This training will introduce meaning-oriented perspectives of anticipatory grief and separation anxiety as experienced by the family members and the surrounding others of those who are given poor prognosis and are critically ill.  It will also equip you with meaning reconstructive intervention tools to support the affected family members and friends in the face of their looming separation from their dying loved one. 


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

  • To address family’s distress resulting from caregiving burdens and communication issues

  • To implement meaning-oriented techniques to facilitate family’s preparation and coping with the impending loss and separation


  • Essential features of separation anxiety and anticipatory grief

  • Use of Analogical Listening to explore the pre-loss turmoil

  • Pre-loss risk assessment for possible complications in post-loss adjustments

  • Use of a conversation guide, "To Tell or Not To Tell," to examine communication concerns over bad news and possible secrets and taboos

  • Application of Composition Work to examine the landscape of self and to explore possible post-loss reconstruction​

Interested in
Pre-Death Grief and Loss Series?
Check out the other 2-day workshop on
Quest for Meaning in Terminal Illness
scheduled on 25-26 April 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:  15-16 August 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 3 July 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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