Trauma and its Impacts on the Loss Experience, Dr. William G. Hoy
Traumatic experiences such as homicides, suicides, and car crashes add an extra layer of potential complication to the experience of bereavement. But of course, deaths from natural causes can also include traumatic elements; professionals have heard family members express their shock in words like, “I knew he would die one day; I just didn’t expect it now.”
The unexpectedness of the death paired with the lack of opportunity to say goodbye makes these kinds of losses especially difficult to grieve. This workshop will overview the current thinking about the contribution of trauma to grief. Moreover, we will discover together practical ways both professionals and volunteers can be helpful—in the early hours after loss and along the difficult road ahead.
On February 16, 2017 our presenter – Dr. Bill Hoy – was involved in a horrific car crash in which a long-time friend in the back seat was killed when they were rear-ended by an 18-wheeler with a distracted driver. Bill and his front seat passenger, the husband of the friend who died, were seriously injured. In this workshop, Bill will transparently share how his training and experience have—and have not—been helpful in walking through this experience of traumatic loss.
Registration materials will be released soon; please check back for additional details next month.