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Anxiety in the Wake of Loss: Strategies for Working with The Missing Stage of Grief

Losing someone we love thrusts us into a vulnerable place. It forces us to confront our mortality and life’s unpredictability, causing fear and anxiety to surface in profound and unexpected ways.  

But while grief and anxiety are inexorably linked, this correlation is only just beginning to be recognized by the clinical community.  

Join grief expert and acclaimed best-selling author Claire Bidwell-Smith and discover how you can help your clients manage their anxiety, process their grief on a deeper level, unpack their fears about mortality, and better bare vulnerability. 

Plus, the best-selling author will join PESI’s own Zach Taylor, LPC, for an exclusive discussion and share expressive writing exercises to help your clients get their anxiety under control so they can come to terms with their losses! 


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Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC |  Zachary R. Taylor, MA, LPC, NCC
1 Hour 22 Minutes
Apr 29, 2021
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Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC's Profile

Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC Related seminars and products

Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC, worked as a therapist specializing in grief for over a decade and is the critically acclaimed author of three books of nonfiction: The Rules of Inheritance (Penguin 2012), After This: When Life is Over Where Do We Go? (Penguin, 2015) and Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief (Da Capo, 2018).?

The Rules of Inheritance is a coming-of-age memoir of a young woman forging ahead on a journey of loss that humbled, strengthened, and ultimately healed her. It has been published in 18 countries and is currently being adapted for film. Claire’s work has been celebrated by mental health advocates like Maria Shriver and New York Times Bestselling Author Cheryl Strayed.

Claire has written for various publications including The New York Times, The Huffington Post,, Slate, Chicago Public Radio, The Guardian, Psychology Today and Yoga Journal.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Claire Bidwell Smith is an author for Penguin Books; and Da Capo Press and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Claire Bidwell Smith has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Zachary R. Taylor, MA, LPC, NCC Related seminars and products

Zachary R. Taylor, MA, LPC, NCC, is a licensed and board-certified professional counselor and Director of Continuing Education at Psychotherapy Networker, a division of PESI, Inc.

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  1. Analyze the clinical implications of anxiety symptoms contributing to the development of complicated grief.
  2. Assess the clinical importance of targeting death anxiety to improve treatment outcomes.
  3. Evaluate how the reduction of guilt related to the death is an important aspect of treating grief.
  4. Apply mindfulness as an effective strategy to help client manage their anxiety symptoms.
  5. Investigate how narrative approaches can be used with clients to help them cope with loss. 


  • The link between grief and anxiety 
  • Strategies to normalize anxiety after loss 
  • Mindfulness for reducing anxiety in grieving clients 
  • Making amends – guilt releasing exercises 
  • Resilient grieving  
  • Narrative approaches and writing exercises 

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Marriage and Family Therapists 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • School Counselors 
  • School Psychologists 
  • School Social Workers 
  • Case Managers 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Pastoral Counselors 
  • Chaplains/Clergy 
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners 
  • Mental Health Nurses 
  • Thanatologists 


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