2023 Grief Seminar

2023 Grief Seminar – In Person and FREE to attend!

Save the Date!


Thursday, September 28, 2023

Brookwood Church

580 Brookwood Point Pl.

Simpsonville, SC 29681


Guest Speaker:

Harold Ivan Smith, DMIN, FT


Thursday, September 28, 2023 from 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (check-in from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.)

For Professional Caregivers – $30 Registration fee for professionals seeking CEU credit.

There is no charge for this seminar if you are not receiving CEU credit

Session A – “This Sure Isn’t Your Granddaddy’s Grief!” 

We like to believe that in the “good ole days” people knew how to get grief done. Contemporary Americans are trying to grieve in a culture that expects “fast-track” grieving. No time for thorough grief. Individuals must navigate not only a loved one’s death(s) but grieve for fractured assumptions about how the world “works.” The environments in which grief unfolds is equally challenged by secondary losses, a pandemic of trauma, and residue from an epidemic.

Objective 1: Examine ways American society expects “fast track” grieving.

Objective 2: Analyze impacts of a collapsed assumptive world on grieving.

Objective 3: Describe elements of a grief-safe environment.


Session B – “What Do You Know Now That You Didn’t Know You Knew Until Now?”

Some grievers quickly discover “not well enough.” Healthy grieving can be sabotaged by “post-mortem discoveries.” Meaningful grief can be challenged by “reputational entrepreneurs” or “relational entrepreneurs” who want to control the deceased’s memory and legacy. Grief is a learning laboratory. Does it have to be the real you grieving for the real deceased? What harm is a little creative fiction? How can professionals navigate “spun” or fictive narratives and help grievers construct balanced eulogies?

Objective 1: Define post-mortem discoveries.

Objective 2: Describe the impact of “reputational” and “relational” entrepreneurs on grief.

Objective 3: Strategize ways to help grievers create balanced eulogies and memories.


  • Vendor Fair – Thursday, September 28, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, September 28, 2023 from 6:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (check-in from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.)

General Public Session – “What Are You Going Do About Your Grief? It’s Your Choice!”

Sooner or later grief comes along and tags, “You’re it!” Sometimes “out of the blue” but at other times at the end of a long medical battle. Sometimes after expecting a “miracle” from either modern medicine or from God.

Grievers quickly discover that some family members, friends, colleagues, are anxious for them to “move on” and immigrate to “Over-It-Land!” Grievers often find themselves stuck in one of four boxes: Get Over It, Get Under It, Get Around It, but rarely Get Into It. There is life during grief AND after grief IF you pay attention to the boxes!



This nursing continuing professional development activity has been approved by the South Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Approval valid through June 27, 2025.

The South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners grants social workers 3 non-social work hours for attending the professional seminar.

Chaplains may apply these hours towards their required continuing education.

SCLLR and the NC Board of Funeral Service grant funeral directors 3 clock hours for attending the professional session and 1 clock hour for attending the public session.

Participants must attend 90% of the educational offering to receive a certificate of attendance. No partial credit will be given. No member of the planning committee has a conflict of interest with a commercial entity.