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Iceberg Theory: Companioning WAY BELOW the Surface – an educational event for Professionals

August 10, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 

presents this free half-day educational event for professionals with

Ben Wolfe, M.Ed., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Fellow in Thanatology
 A grief, loss and trauma trainer and consultant, founder, director and grief therapist of the St. Mary’s Medical Center Grief Support Services in Duluth, MN.

Iceberg Theory: Companioning WAY BELOW the Surface
Thursday, August 10, 2017
9:00am – 12:30pm
Doors open at 8:45am
River Falls Public Library, River Falls, WI
140 Union St, River Falls, WI 54022
(715) 425-0905

Working with patients/clients/residents/parishioners, or their families, prior to or after an expected, sudden, or traumatic death of a loved one, is challenging. As counselors or therapists, or anyone companioning individuals or families, we need to remind ourselves, “What we see is not always obvious!” This workshop will provide strategies and interventions to help individuals and families trying to cope with the opportunities and struggles on the “loss” journey. Clinical interventions dealing with loss in its broadest sense, what it means to “live in the second circle,” factors that influence grief, and family make-up and communication styles will be explored in this interactive workshop.

1. List four different types of losses and “themes” to listen for.
2. Describe what it means to “Live in the Second Circle.”
3. Describe concepts such as “stories” we hear and the “iceberg theory,” and how they impact an individual’s grief.
4. List various factors that need to be considered when working with individuals and families.
5. Explain how family make-up and communication styles affect loss, regardless of the loss issue.
6. Describe “traumatic death” and its ramifications on “uncomplicated mourning.”

A Certificate of Attendance will be available at the conclusion of the program.

Please register for this event with your name, phone number and organization to
Chaplain Julia Rajtar, Grief Support Coordinator, email:,
Cell: 715-781-4003

Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services
Baldwin 715-684-4646, Hudson 715-386-2402, New Richmond 715-246-2154, or River Falls 715-425-8788.
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August 10, 2017
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


River Falls Public Library
140 Union Street
River Falls, WI 54022 United States
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