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Overview of the Programs

Transforming Grief Offers Several Programs

8-week Programs

  • An Evolutionary Process

  • First Responders Speak

4-week Programs

  • Peer to Peer

  • Supporting Young People

Transforming Grief Manual 

  • 15-Modules for Group Participation

  • Owned by Select Organizations

  • Presented by Skilled Facilitators

Transforming Grief Through the Arts

  • In-person Live or Zoom Workshop

  • Tailored for Specific Audience

 

In the 8-week and 4-week Transforming Grief curricula, participants commit to the full series and to one another. Groups meet weekly for an hour and a half. Individual sessions go for one hour. Some meetings may go a bit longer. There are weekly homework assignments.

Members agree to the following:

  • Complete Confidentiality

  • Emotional Honesty

  • Mutual Respect

Each session includes a PowerPoint presentation, handouts and a homework assignment. We study quotes, videos and references to a variety of sources that are readily available in the world. We share from our personal experiences and move through a specially designed process. It is important to be diligent and thorough in this program, as what we put in will determine what we get out of the process. 

The Transforming Grief programs require a commitment. Grief is something we often suffer through alone, but as we build trust and learn to listen deeply, without analysis, judgment, advice, or criticism, we can evolve from feeling stuck and isolated to experiencing relief, joy, and even freedom.

In Transforming Grief, we discover we can be supported and renewed in ways that make a difference in our lives.

Sliding scale fees based on available resources.
We are always looking for grants and funding.

Please reach out to schedule a free consultation.
Shanti Vani - shantivani@cox.net - 352-225-1385

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Transforming Grief -
Supporting Young People

Supporting Young People is a 4-week program for adults to learn how to help young people who are dealing with loss. It consists of four weekly meetings, approximately 90 minutes each with a PowerPoint presentation and time for sharing. Each week there is a homework assignment, which may take an hour or two to complete. It provides education on children and grief with original photos and stories of Shanti Vani, her family members and friends.

 

The importance of helping children with loss cannot be emphasized enough, especially in these times when so much has been taken away from them. 

Supporting Young People teaches us how to support children and youth, so they will feel heard and respected.

 

In this photo Julian is painting an angel statue for a family memorial garden. His baby cousin Loki died when he was four and his baby brother Vegas died when he was seven. Being able to talk openly about death has been important for him.

 

All children deserve to be cared for with kindness and compassion. In Supporting Young Children, we learn to support them in important ways. 

Shanti's Great Grandson, Julian

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At the gravesite of Loki, Julian's baby cousin
and Vegas, Julian's baby brother 

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Tips on Supporting Young People

 

There are many experiences in life that produce feelings of grief in a child --- the death or loss of a pet, friend, parent or sibling, moving, being teased or bullied --- and there are some actions we can take that will help them.

 

As adults, we have a responsibility to instill in children the ability to have a lifelong, healthy response to grief and to offer them effective tools for dealing with loss.

Some guidelines for adults include:

  • Listen with your heart, not your head.

  • Don't judge, criticize, analyze, advise, or interrupt.

  • Allow emotional expression, all of it. Let them cry!

  • Tell the truth about your own grief. Model honesty.

  • Remember that each person's experience is unique.

  • Be patient. Be quiet. Listen with spaciousness.

  • Allow for sadness and fear as normal and natural.

As parents and educators, we often feel conflicting feelings about the children in our care.

 

If we want healthy, happy children to grow into healthy, happy adults, we must support them in their grief.

 

In Supporting Young People, as adults, we receive the support and information necessary to support them well.     

Transforming Grief - Peer to Peer

Peer to Peer is a 4-week program specifically geared toward people who have suffered in the "mental health" system. However, a history of psychosis or a diagnosis is not a requirement for participation in this program. We are all affected by stigma, and it is important that we be well-versed in the information presented herein.

 

As one who has spent time in a mental institution, Shanti understands the trauma that can result from being captive in that system. The result of having psychosis was that she is now one of many "peers" or persons with "lived experience" who can educate her community about the conditions that hold us back and keep us stuck. Her time in the mental hospital opened her eyes to a world of people who are working to end "mental health" oppression. As we support one another and tell our stories, we are breaking the stigma. Negative emotions such as guilt, anger, shame and self-pity only serve to keep us down. If we are diagnosed, labeled, and medicated by professionals without lived experience, then we are not getting the support and connection that we deserve. 

As a community of people who understand one another, together we can do our part to change the world.

Transforming Grief - Peer to Peer offers hope to our world. We hope you'll come aboard! 

Transforming Grief - First Responders Speak

Transforming Grief - First Responders Speak is an 8-week course for the public servants who give us so much. For those of us who do not work as first responders, we cannot begin to imagine the difficulties faced by the dedicated citizens who risk their lives and often sacrifice their own peace of mind in order to protect their communities. County Sheriff Deputies, City Police Officers, Highway Patrol Officers, Fire Rescue Teams, Emergency Medical Technicians, Emergency and Critical Care Medical Staff, 911 Operators, Crisis Center Workers, Child Protection Agents, Members of the Military, Veterans, and others dedicate their lives to providing care and service to the people in their communities.

 

These are the people we call on when the problem is too big for us to manage. In their work, they face tremendous challenges beyond what most of us ever have to deal with. They face danger and heartbreak in their everyday work. They see things no one should have to see. They go from one call to another in a day's work and by the time the day is done, they may have little energy left to give to their families after accumulating so much distress. 

How do first responders process through the feelings that arise and still do the work at hand? How do they treat every person with compassion and kindness while enforcing the law? How do they care for hurting people when they have problems of their own? How do first responders maintain their own mental, physical and spiritual health?

This 8-week course teaches the fundamentals of effective grief support while listening to the voices of our First Responders. We use the OC87 video series "Beneath the Vest" and encourage participants to speak openly and honestly about their experiences out in the field. As these public servants receive support for their own grief, they will become better able to support the people in their lives, both at work and at home. 

For more information, please contact Shanti at 352-225-1385.

These programs are a synthesis of wisdom lessons and practical knowledge.

They support grievers of all walks of life in their unique journeys through loss.

Transforming Grief Rates
(sliding scale and scholarships available) 

GROUP PROGRAMS

(6-12 participants)
Eight-Week Sessions - $625/person
An Evolutionary Process
First Responders Speak
Four-Week Sessions - $375/person
Peer to Peer
Supporting Young People

 

Individual Sessions
$100/hr In-Person or on Zoom
$50/hr per additional person

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