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After a Loss – What’s next?

By Caroline Boaz, Associate Director, CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care

Enduring a major loss has a way of turning everything upside down and shaking it around. Roles, identity and self-confidence can all suffer some damage. Once the acute feelings of grief dissipate and you have the energy and curiosity to think about what you want life to be like next chapter you often don’t know where to begin.

Goal setting, understanding how to find balance in your life and even finding ways to forgive and move forward are all tools we need to reinvent ourselves, but ones not easily found or even if we have these skills it is difficult to sit ourselves down and use them for our own good.

Equally important is to have the time to take a good look at what we want and what we need. Doing this in a safe and supportive atmosphere, away from the daily distractions, with others who are in a similar situation, infuses the experience with all the right elements for success. If you have been wondering “what’s next” it may just be a workshop presented by CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care and sponsored by Elizabeth Hospice.

This workshop, “Reinventing Yourself After a Loss” is presented in a comfortable, serene setting. It will invite you to learn the skills and resources for reinvention, with lots of time to experience reconnecting with yourself, connecting with others and experientially learning various new skills. This workshop is not intended for the newly bereaved but for those who have been able to process their initial grief and are now comfortable engaging in the process of “what next.”

Come join us for a day of reflection and experiences that will assist you in taking the next steps in creating a life that has more meaning and value for you.

This program is scheduled for September 27, from 8:30am – 4:30 pm., Lunch and all supplies will be provided. The location will be announced shortly but it will be in the San Marcos area. Learn more at CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care’s website.

About Caroline Boaz MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN

Caroline Boaz is the Associate Director of the Institute and is always looking for opportunities to spread the important story of palliative care in the Southern California area. If you have any interest in sponsoring or helping to promote an educational event, please contact us.

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