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Understanding Adult Grief: Developing Effective Ways to Help Adults on Their Grief Journey

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Members: $ 65.00
Non-Members: $ 80.00

4 CE Hours

This continuing education course is designed to help you as funeral directors to: (1) understand how adults grieve and (2) develop effective ways to help bereaved adults on their grief journeys. The authors will discuss myths and misconceptions about adult grief and will identify and explain the unique components of the adult grief experience, including circumstantial factors that can affect grief. You will gain an understanding of the principles behind the tasks of grieving. This course consists of six sessions, an optional resource section of linked articles and information, and a course test for obtaining continuing education credit. The authors also welcome emailed questions and comments from individuals who are taking the course.

The content of this National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) course, and the opinions and recommendations contained therein, in no way represent or reflect the views or policies of the National Funeral Directors Association. The offering of this course by the National Funeral Directors Association does not constitute approval or an endorsement of the content, opinions or recommendations contained in the course.

Continuing Education Information

This course is currently approved for 4 CE hours by APFSP and selected state licensing boards.

State Exceptions:

Check with your state board for approval status.

Authors

susansmeengeSusan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge, R.N., Ed.D. and Robert C. DeVries, D.Min., Ph.D.
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Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge, R.N., Ed.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, whose doctoral dissertation was written on grief and loss. A widow, Dr. Zonnebelt-Smeenge speaks from both personal experience as well as professional expertise. She is currently a psychologist in the outpatient department of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Robert C. DeVries, D.Min., Ph.D., is an ordained minister and professor at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan. His two doctoral degrees are in the areas of organizational behavior and adult and continuing education. In his role as a pastor, Dr. DeVries has officiated at a number of funerals.

Both Drs. Zonnebelt-Smeenge and Robert C. DeVries have written numerous articles on grief and bereavement, and have co-authored three books, Getting to the Other Side of Grief: Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse, The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holiday and Special Occasions, and Living Fully in the Shadow of Death. They have conducted workshops and in-service training as well as spoken at more than 150 professional conferences in the U.S. and Canada since 1997.

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Robert C. DeVries, D.Min., Ph.D., is an ordained minister and professor at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan. His two doctoral degrees are in the areas of organizational behavior and adult and continuing education. In his role as a pastor, Dr. DeVries has officiated at a number of funerals.

Both Drs. Zonnebelt-Smeenge and Robert C. DeVries have written numerous articles on grief and bereavement, and have co-authored three books, Getting to the Other Side of Grief: Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse, The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holiday and Special Occasions, and Living Fully in the Shadow of Death. They have conducted workshops and in-service training as well as spoken at more than 150 professional conferences in the U.S. and Canada since 1997.


*State CE approval varies. All NFDA online courses are approved for continuing education by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) and most state licensing boards. Contact your state licensing board or NFDA for specific state CE information.

The fact that NFDA presents this educational material does not denote that NFDA endorses, recommends or supports the opinions expressed by the presenter or author. The content presented is informational only. For specific legal or compliance advice contact your firm's legal counsel. NFDA does not warrant the accuracy of any of the information presented, and NFDA shall not be liable for the actions or inactions of funeral establishment owners, managers or employees in respect to the information presented in this educational product.