Education Series Spring 2022

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation Education Series Spring 2022: Healing through Grief: Alternative, Holistic & Creative Approaches

Inspired by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ many lectures and articles, as well as her books, Life Lessons (2000), and On Grief and Grieving (2005).

“We need time to move through the pain of loss. We need to step into it, really to get to know it, in order to learn.”

“Grief is not just a series of events, stages, or timelines. Our society places enormous pressure on us to get over loss, to get through grief. But how long do you grieve for a husband of fifty years, a teenager killed in a car accident, a four-year-old child: a year? Five years? Forever? The loss happens in time, in fact in a moment, but its aftermath lasts a lifetime.”

– Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

When we come to terms with loss as part of our human existence, the natural grief response guides us through a process of making meaning, finding a deeper purpose, and growing through our human experience. Because the impact of loss and our healing through grief is evolutionary and ongoing, it is greatly supportive to have access to a variety of approaches to sustain us through a lifetime of growth and transformation.

With the guidance and inspiration from Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ far-reaching, comprehensive, and thought-provoking legacy, we learn from experts in the fields of grief and end-of-life to acknowledge and connect with innovative perspectives and creative approaches that embrace loss as an integral part of life and support growth and healing through grief.

LANGUAGES: Simultaneous interpretation Spanish/English; English/Spanish

DATES: Thursdays, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16

TIME: 11AM-12:30PM ET

AVAILABILITY: All classes will be recorded and made available to attendees for a minimum of three months after presentations, in case you are not able to attend live Zoom classes.

COST: $85 includes all eight (8) classes on Zoom platform + unlimited access to recorded presentations for 90 days.

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Series Program | Thursdays 11AM-12:30PM (Eastern US)

Series Program | Thursdays 11AM-12:30PM (Eastern US)


Healing through Grief: Alternative, Holistic & Creative Approaches – Introduction to the series & Elisabeth’s contributions


Isabel integrates her professional training and over two decades of clinical experience working with those facing mental health challenges such as grief with a lifetime of wisdom from personal illness and loss into her practice as a bereavement program manager/counselor and licensed clinical social worker. She has also informed, engaged and inspired audiences globally as an acclaimed author and public speaker.


Joanne is a Zen priest who heads the Miss Foundation, dedicated to the practice of accompaniment in grief, and Selah Carefarm, a center of rest for people afflicted by traumatic experiences. She has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research has been published in scientific journals and prominent media.


John is a highly respected contemporary spiritual teacher who lectures and leads meditation courses throughout North America. He has been a practitioner of vipassana (mindfulness) meditation and various forms of yoga for more than fifty years. He is the author of Awakening from Grief: Finding the Way Back to Joy and When Prayers Aren’t Answered, two books that emerged from forty-five years of experience helping people deal with dramatic life change and loss.


Christine has worked in hospice care since the early 90s, has a private counseling practice focused on grief and loss, and is the Bereavement Manager at Mission Hospice in San Mateo, CA. Her grief work include the use of guided imagery and art in the service of healing through grief. Each year, she facilitate a series of Art for Healing workshops.


Free to Love, Free to Grieve: Impermanence and the gift of life

Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo Ovalles treads an elusive path that manifests itself performatively through creative experiences that he unfolds within the quotidian. He holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art/Temple University; and an MA from Union Theological Seminary. Born in Dominican Republic, he was baptized as a Bronxite in 2011. Nicolás is the founding director of The Interior Beauty Salon, an organism living at the intersection of creativity and healing.

Chris Camarata, M.D. is a retired Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico. He also worked in the Palliative Medicine Division of the Department of Internal Medicine at UNM. He is a Professor Emeritus of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Susanne Fest, Ed.D. As a cancer survivor since 2010, Susanne Fest has experienced firsthand the benefits of integrative models of health care. As a former psychotherapist, educator, volunteer, and Program Manager at Healing Circles Global, she aims to give meaning to her experience by accompanying others on their paths toward healing – whatever healing may mean to them.

Robin Fried, M.A., is a volunteer with Healing Circles Global. Following her healing journey from breast cancer in 2005, she earned her Certificate as an Advanced Integrative Energy Healing Practitioner and trained as a hospice volunteer. An eternal seeker and student, Robin’s professional life has been grounded in lifelong learning with extensive experience creating and managing innovative educational programs in the academic, public, private, and volunteer sectors.

Diana Lindsay, M.A. is co-founder and co-director of Healing Circles Langley and Healing Circles Global. She is the author of Something More Than Hope: Surviving Despite the Odds, Thriving Because of Them.


Lanise serves her local community as a perinatal and pediatric hospice nurse in Atlanta, Ga. She facilitates family centered grief groups and speaks internationally to spiritual leaders on the importance of family grief support to enhance communities around our world. Lanise is a member of the advisory committee for the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation and is certified and internationally recognised as a compassionate bereavement care provider.


Special film screening and closing discussion panel with series presenters


To view our Past Education Series, click here.

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