Greenville, SC | August 25, 2020 – Due to the current climate surrounding COVID-19, Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes has announced that the 19th annual grief seminar will be an online event this year. This virtual seminar will be hosted directly on the Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes website, www.thomasmcafee.com. Taking place on September 17th and 18th, Michelle A. Post, MA, LMFT, will be this year’s speaker for all three sessions, including The Educators Session, The General Public Session and The Professional Caregiver Session.
“Unfortunately, the Pandemic has made grief more complicated. When you work in a profession that sees the toll grief takes on families and loved ones, this virtual event was the least we could do to provide a resource for people during this time,” says Tommy McAfee, President of Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes. “As we discussed our options for this year’s grief seminar, we ultimately knew that we had to find a way to provide a safe alternative to help those throughout our community who are experiencing grief on a daily basis.”
Michelle Post will present a seminar for the educators, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor: How to Care for Children and Teens with Disenfranchised Grief” on Thursday, September 17th from 4:00 to 5:00pm. This session is designed for school professionals, teachers, nurses, social services, administrative staff, and ministers who care for bereaved children, teens and their families.
On Thursday, September 17th from 6:00 to 7:00pm, Post will present “He Said, She Said: Surviving the Calendar with Sensitivity to Age, Gender, and Cultural Differences and Needs”. This seminar is designed to provide coping mechanisms for anyone experiencing stress in their life as a side effect of the death of someone close to them. This seminar is also appropriate for those who wish to help a friend or family member who is experiencing grief or loss in their life.
On Friday, September 18th from 8:45am to 12:00pm, Michelle Post will host the professional caregiver session, “The Ring of Fire: Trauma, Grief, and Complicated Grief”. This three-hour live workshop will explore not only the thoughts, emotions and brain processes involved in complicated grief, but also useful interventions that caregivers can access to help those they serve. Funeral directors, social workers, nurses and chaplains will receive three continuing education hours for attending this session.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Continuing Education Provider, and Clinical Supervisor, Michelle Post internationally consults and trains in areas of grief, death notification with children and teens, stress & anxiety management, group facilitation, ASIST suicide prevention, executive leadership and team-building. With specific focus areas on grief, Michelle has authored more than 40 guest pieces in newsletters, blogs, and educational membership journals, along with publishing two of her own books.
For more information on this year’s virtual grief seminar, or to find out more about Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, please visit www.thomasmcafee.com.
About Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes | Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes is a family-owned funeral home that has been serving the Upstate community since 1913. With locations in Downtown, Northwest and Southeast Greenville, Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes provides personalized funeral, cremation and pre-planning services. For more information, please visit www.thomasmcafee.com.