This course is ideal for anyone reaching out to others who are grieving,
including those of us supporting people with chronic illness, disabilities, or aging. Though we may understand and care, sometimes what to say or do can elude us. We’ll explore how to put compassion into action with practical examples of comforting, and review recent research on empathy, grief, and social support to learn best practices for helping people in distress. Finally, participants will be invited to share experiences of comforting others and learn from one another as a group.
Val Walker is the author of The Art of Comforting: What to Say and Do for People in Distress which won the Nautilus Book Award in 2011. Her work has appeared in AARP Bulletins, TIME, and Good Housekeeping A counselor and educator with a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, she facilitates groups for living with illness and facing major life changes. www.HearteningResources.com