Educational Programs


How to Understand Grief Seminars or HUGS
Audience: Adults, adolescents, and teenagers

Almost every person has experienced grief sometime in his or her life. In addition to the death of a loved one, other losses can be equally traumatic. Divorce, separations from family and friends, lifelong or a terminal illness, disability, retirement, or abuse are other examples of grief events that can be just as distressing and painful. Because emotional wellness is a key factor to healthy living, our original program, How to Understand Grief Seminars or HUGS, offers a basic, common sense approach to grief and mourning and provides the participants a better understanding of their feelings and pain. The coping skills they learn become practical tools they will use to reinvest in life and living once again.

Objectives include:

  • Explore the many types of loss
  • Define grief and its relationship to loss and stress
  • Explain the many facets of loss and grief — mental, emotional, physical & spiritual
  • Identify specific reasons for personal reactions to loss and grief
  • Compare and contrast men’s and women’s responses to grief
  • Discuss the unique grief of bereaved parents
  • Explain children’s responses to loss and grief
  • Provide information for reinvesting in life after loss and trauma

A valuable resource for understanding and healing grief, this three to four-hour program offers information and help for adults, adolescents and teens, and their families who are coping with grief and traumatic events in their life, or community leaders, mental health staff, and clergy who want to educate on the topic. This program is the foundation upon which all curriculums are based.

Caring for the Caregiver
Audience: Family members, loving friends, medical and mental health professionals, Hospice caregivers, support staff, and volunteers

An educational program that spotlights the unique talents necessary to cope with the often emotional and stressful events involved in caring for the needs of others. This seminar will also help caregivers realize many of their own personal needs.

Topics include:

  • Long-term care – a special love
  • Coping with stress, stress, and more stress
  • Burnout – turning to others for help
  • Debriefing – it’s all in a days work
  • Suicide intervention and prevention
  • Addiction – “finding out your hooked”
  • Unique emotional traumas associated with these special care departments: 
    • ER, OB/GYN, Geriatric, Oncology, Pediatrics, Mental Health, Medical/Surgical

CHAT_250x352.jpgChildren Healing After Trauma (CHAT)
Audience: Adolescents and teenagers as well as parents, educators, counselors, school resource officers or anyone interested in helping a child cope with grief

Crash programs to resolve problems in classrooms are often after the fact and sometimes too late. Because nurturing the needs of others can be a tough job, this core curriculum offers information to help children cope with a variety of traumatic events as well as guidelines to start a CHAT support program in your community.

CHAT is an excellent resource for school assembly or small classroom programs. Students will receive information to help them cope with many issues including:

  • substance abuse and suicide prevention
  • building self-esteem
  • conflict resolution
  • preparing for adulthood (high school level)
  • dealing with the pain of grief

Following a school crisis, CHAT can provide immediate on-site resources to assist school personnel in helping children deal with traumatic events, such as, the death of a classmate or teacher.

Silent Grief in the Workplace
Audience: Management, associates, and support staff

It would be great if individuals could easily cope with all of the problems that exist in their lives. However, human beings are not machines; they cannot flip a switch and turn off their feelings. Learning to respond with understanding and compassion will benefit everyone involved in business relationships. Topics will include coping with the death of an associate as well as meeting the initial needs of associates as they return to work following the death of a family member.

In addition to key elements from the How to Understand Grief Seminar, the Silent Grief in the Workplace program will address:

  • the immediate needs of the family
  • co-worker grief
  • creating a compassionate and stable environment in the workplace
  • support programs and resources for healing grief

Surviving the Holidays
Audience: Adults, adolescents, and teenagers

Surviving the Holidays offers resources and support for coping with stress and anxiety associated with the holiday season.

“The holiday season for many adults and children is not always a happy and joyful time as the television and radio commercials would want us to believe. Christmas and Hanukkah may cause stress and anxiety. In addition to our busy lives, we must add to this all the preparation needed to make the holidays a “success.” Even with all the bright lights and music, it can be a very painful time for those who have experienced a traumatic event over the past year.” – Peggy Sweeney

Alone – And Life Goes On
An educational journey designed for anyone coping with the death of a spouse or life partner.

In 1996, Peggy turned her attention to the needs of first responders: firefighters, EMS, police and correction officers, and 911 dispatchers. A very unique community of men and women who sacrifice so much for their community and are often overlooked when it comes to their mental and emotional wellness.

For more information or to inquiry about hosting a program, please contact Peggy Sweeney at