Lunch & Learn: Companioning on the Rocky, Stormy, Lonely Road of Grief and Loss
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central
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1 CEU Awarded



Who do you love? How did you come to love them? What happens when a beloved person dies? Or, when our home, or a way of life that we have lived is lost or torn away? Who might we become when what we were before is stripped away? And how might we, or anyone human, react? What might our feelings, withholding of feelings, physical changes, thoughts, customs and beliefs, rituals or ceremonies and spiritual convictions teach us? And how do we, as counselors, as persons who strive to live our lives with insight and compassion, with realistic awareness of pain and human mortality, how do we companion others on their unique, rocky, stormy, lonely road of grief and loss? What must we learn so that we are sensitive to the imperfect brokenness that is always the result of living and loving?


Join me for an hour as we explore these questions knowing that we shall never fully answer them. We can, however, benefit from listening well to those who are different from us, from considering contemporary research on grief and its physiological impact, from reading personal memoirs and books written for children that continue to teach us as adults, and from the wisdom of shared experience as we journey this road as care providers. 


Presented by: Linda Slabon, M. Div., LCSW


Reverend Linda Slabon, M.Div., MSW, M.A., LCSW, served 26 years as a dual career professional – minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of DeKalb and as a Clinical Social Worker. In her role as an LCSW she worked at Family Service Agency and DeKalb County Hospice. Currently retired, she maintains a small private practice, serves as a Board Member on the statewide UU Advocacy Network of IL, and continues to learn about how we must work for justice to heal ourselves and our culture. Linda observes, “I am grateful each day for the 35-year relationship with my wife Toni Tollerud, and being Nana to our 8 year old grand-daughter in our bi-racial, bi-cultural family. Making music, traveling, and gardening with Toni strengthens my spirit and has carried me through times of sorrow and grief.
Setting: Live Virtual
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