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The 6th Stage of Grief: Why Meaning Making is More Important Than Ever

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David Kessler, MA, RN, FACHE
1 Hour 03 Minutes
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Apr 28, 2022
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“There is no meaning in dying in a pandemic.” I’ve heard this from so many people over the last two years. And they’re right. And the meaning isn’t in the “why.” The meaning is in us and what we do after…and today making meaning in the wake of loss is more important than ever before. In this incredibly moving session, you’ll watch David Kessler, the world’s foremost expert on grief and loss, as he shows you how your clients can go beyond acceptance and find ways to replace painful memories with meaningful connections and move toward personal growth. We’ve all lost so much, but by making meaning we can stop feeling like we need to move on and start feeling like we can move forward.



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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David Kessler is one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life.

He is the author of six bestselling books. His new book is Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, a #1 best-selling hospice book, received praise by (Saint) Mother Teresa. He co-authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons. His most newly released book is You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death with Louise Hay. He worked with Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. He also worked with late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon. David’s work has been discussed in the Los Angeles Times, Business Week and Life Magazine, and has been featured on “Brené Brown, CNN-Cross Fire”, NBC, Fox, PBS, “Dr. Oz” and “Entertainment Tonight”. David is a contributing writer on, Dr. Oz’s, “Anderson Cooper 360” and “The Huffington Post”.

David has a master’s degree in Health Care Bioethics from Loyola Marymount University, he did his undergraduate work at University of Southern California and is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives. He is a certified AMA/EPEC (Education for Physicians) trainer. He also is the founding chairperson for the Hospital Association of Southern California Palliative Care Committee and spent the last decade as a C-suite executive in a 650 bed – three hospital system in Los Angeles County.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: David Kessler is a presenter and receives compensation. He is the co-founder and President Emeritus of Project Angel Food. He is a published author and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: David Kessler is a board member for the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. He is a team member of the Health Care Executives of Southern California, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Red Cross.

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  1. Analyze the role of guilt in the development of prolonged grief and identify the corresponding counselling and treatment implications.
  2. Investigate how adding “meaning” to current grief models can enhance posttraumatic growth and resiliency.
  3. Use a positive psychology lens in work with grieving clients to help them adjust to loss and gain a new sense of meaning.


  • Strategies to address the guilt and helpless of loss in special circumstances
  • The Kubler-Ross’s stage authentic model and how a new stage of meaning can enhance posttraumatic growth and resiliency
  • Techniques for using grounded positive psychology to help witness vs. “fixing” grief
  • How if not used correctly support can look lie brightsiding and toxic positivity

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Therapists
  • Other Helping Professionals


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