Understanding Grief: How to Assist Those Who Are Grieving

Instructor:  Anne Reith, Ph.D.




Anne always says, “This class should be mandatory for every high school student.”

Because we are human, life will involve the eventual loss of someone or something that is important to us. Based on her many years as a Psychologist, during which time she specialized in the grief and loss process, Anne will present information that will help you better understand this process for yourself and for those around you.

During this workshop, you will learn about the stages of grief, factors that alter the process of grieving, and how to be an effective “helper” (e.g., what to say, what not to say).  Various special topics will be covered including:

  • “Anticipatory” grief
  • Children who have lost a parent
  • “Complicated” grief
  • Dealing with “special days”
  • “Delayed” grief
  • Differences due to age, gender, culture, and religious beliefs
  • Differences due to type of loss (e.g., loss of a spouse, parent, child, accidental death, prolonged illness, suicide, homicide, pet)
  • Helping those who are dying
  • Supporting the elderly and those in “hospice”
  • 8 characteristics of visitation dreams


Workshop Objectives for Understanding Grief

  • Teach everyone how to support themselves and others through the grieving process
  • Prepare “helping professionals” (e.g., mediums, psychics, healers, nurses, hypnotherapists, the clergy) to compassionately bear witness to someone during one of the most vulnerable points in most people’s lives . . . grieving the loss of a loved one
  • Explore different types of grief and different ways of grieving
  • Teach effective communication skills with those who are going through a loss of any kind


What is Included in the Understanding Grief Workshop

  • An extensive 58-page manual with reference material
  • 6 hours of in-person instruction with time for questions
  • Information on the typical stages of grief
  • Discussion about how to best support someone who is grieving (e.g., what to say, what not to say)
  • Information about the typical reactions to different type of losses (e.g., loss of a pet, expected versus unexpected deaths, losses due to suicide/homicide)
  • Insight into complicated grief reactions (e.g., what is “normal” and what isn’t)
  • Tips for how to take care of ourselves if we are in the role of a caregiver
  • Questionnaire designed to help you explore your personal beliefs and attitudes about death and dying (not completed in class but is designed for private exploration)


How to Repeat the Understanding Grief Workshop FREE

Students who have previously taken (i.e., paid for) this workshop with Anne are welcome to sit in for FREE.  We will need to confirm your attendance in our database.  Once confirmed, you must let us know that you plan to attend, and you will be responsible for bringing your manual with you.  (NOTE:  If you need a new manual, you can purchase for a minimal fee.)


Here’s What Students Are Saying About Anne’s Understanding Grief Workshop

“Anne is an excellent teacher and has a knack for broaching a tough subject with grace and practical examples.  I feel more equipped to assist those who are grieving now that I have taken this class.”  (L.M., Orange, California)  5 stars

“I always appreciate Anne’s professionalism and experience; especially with such a taboo topic as death.  I feel better equipped now to heal mankind.”  (K.R., Carson, California)  5 stars

“I really learned a lot about grieving, especially complicated grief.  I liked the way that Anne took the time to explain each step in the grieving process, bringing in practical examples on each topic she was discussing.  An excellent workshop, very informative.  I’d recommend it for everybody-lots of material to reflect and digest.  Great job!”  (K.V., Pasadena, CA)  5 stars

“I liked the explicit teaching with examples.  I also appreciate the opportunities for students to comment because those personal experiences help me to make connections to the new material.”  (L.H., Irvine, California)  5 stars


Understanding Grief Inquiry Form

If you are interested in taking this class, please fill out this form. We will be in touch with you within 24 hours to let you know if there is still room available in this course and explain how to get preregistered.


Registration Information for the Understanding Grief Workshop

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this Understanding Grief class will be conducted ONLINE using Zoom.

DATESunday, July 26, 2020

TIME:  Noon-6:00 p.m.

PREREQUISITE:  None! (Beginning, intermediate, & advanced students are welcome!)


  • $140
  • Optional Payment Plans**
    • 2 payments of $75
    • 3 payments of $55

**Payment plans include an administration fee.

NOTE:  IMPART uses PayPal as our method of invoicing and for processing payments made with a credit card provided over the phone.  If your method of payment is PayPal and if a refund is approved, then the refunded amount will be the total that was charged, minus the PayPal merchant fees (i.e., 2.9% of the total plus a 30¢ transaction fee).  Click here for information about IMPART’s Refund Policies.


  • You may select the dates on which the payments are to be made.
  • Registration in the class is not confirmed until you have provided either (a) post-dated checks or (b) credit card authorization.
  • It is expected that all payments will be made before the class date.

REGISTRATION:  Preregistration is required for this course!  To preregister, contact us at Anne@AnneReith.com or call (714) 599-0017 or fill out the form below!

LOCATION:  Impart Wisdom and Wellness Center, 540 N. Golden Circle Drive, Suite 108, Santa Ana, CA



  1. NOTE: Click here to learn more about IMPART Certification programs for Psychics, Mediums, and Healers.
  2. Although everyone is welcome to attend, this workshop is REQUIRED for all IMPART Medium Certification students.
  3. This workshop is strongly recommended for ALL students of psychic development, mediumship, and the healing arts.
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