Grief and Loss 2.0: When the One You Loved is Gone




When a loved one is lost through death or some type of separation, a client can feel many different emotions and struggle to process their grief. Mental health professionals are often vital people in the lives of grievers to help them through the loss of a spouse or a parent. The loss of a spouse can make a person feel as though their entire world has collapsed. Similarly, the loss of a parent can also highly affect a person’s outlook on life. Whether the loss is via divorce, abandonment, or death, the grief is both real and intense. This course is designed to help caregivers guide clients towards healing from the painful loss of a spouse or a parent.


Learning Objectives

Participants will…

  1. Describe the grief of a person working through a divorce and treatment modalities to help bring about resolution to the grief.
  2. Outline the emotions that one feels during the loss of a spouse to death and how it can affect the grieving process.
  3. Identify the key aspects of the loss of a parent by an adult child.


Lesson Titles and Descriptions

GRI 101: Broken Vows: The Grief of Divorce 
Georgia Shaffer, M.A. and Kevin Ellers, D.Min.
In this presentation, Dr. Kevin Ellers and Georgia Shaffer discuss how to help people who are grieving the loss of a relationship through divorce. Using expertise gained through years of counseling and coaching experience, as well as through their own experiences with divorce, the presenters bring a practical and relatable message to all those working with divorcees.

Runtime: 47 minutes 23 seconds

GRI 102: Til Death Do Us Part: The Loss of a Spouse
Robert DeVries, D.Min., Ph.D. and Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge, R.N., Ed.D.
Losing a spouse is a painful experience that causes a number of crises in a person’s life. Dr. Robert DeVries and Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge both know this from personal experience. In this session, they share what counselors need to know when working with people who are going through the painful emotions that come with losing a spouse.

Runtime: 52 minutes 9 seconds

GRI 103: They’re Gone: When Adult Children Lose a Parent 
Panel Discussion: Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A., Dina Jones, M.A., H. Norman Wright, D.Min., Ev Worthington, Jr., Ph.D. and David Jenkins, Psy.D.
Losing a parent is a painful experience that everyone will ultimately face. Sometimes the loss is sudden and unexpected, and sometimes it happens slowly and painfully as the loved one deteriorates at the hands of a disease. This presentation brings together stories from those who not only understand grief counseling, but also understand the painful loss of a parent on a personal level.

Runtime: 52 minutes 9 seconds


Continuing Education

2.5 CE Credits available for LPC, LMFT, LSW.

2.5 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders.

The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required continuing education hours. For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit: