Understanding Grief and Loss — Indigenous Healing

Understanding Grief and Loss — Indigenous Healing
Presenter: Rosemary Wanganeen

Recorded: May 22nd, 2019

Webinar Overview

This webinar will present a culturally appropriate Aboriginal designed model called the Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief that integrates into a non-Aboriginal loss and grief model derived from ‘lived experiences’. It is focussed towards highly developed professionals in the justice and health industries.

Learning Outcomes

Following this webinar you will:

  • Understand through the Seven Phases how and why the presenter had a ‘contemporary major grief reaction’ that was not just a physical experience but a deeply spiritual one. In so doing, you will learn the value in ‘hearing voices’ that are spiritually bases and not a part of a mental illness.
  • Understand through the presentation of the Seven Phases how critical it is to understand how childhood and adolescent losses and unresolved grief can ‘stunt’ mental and emotional growth, causing immaturity in adulthood for life, unless a culturally appropriate grieving process is available. Participants will learn what are ‘inner children and adolescents’ versus an ‘inner child’.
  • Through the Seven Phases, participants will learn why the loss of traditional culture is critical to understand when supporting Aboriginal people. In so doing will learn how suppressing ancestral grief becomes intergenerational which then compounds and complicates contemporary Aboriginal losses and unresolved grief.
  • Participants will learn why traditional Aboriginal culture had developed a multitude of systems that gave them not just practices to survive but thrive over 60,000yrs, including traditional grieving ceremonies for the health and wellbeing of their physical body.
  • Participants will learn why traditional Aboriginal culture had developed a multitude of systems that gave them not just practices to survive but thrive over 60,000yrs, including traditional grieving ceremonies that maintained the health and wellbeing of the spirit ‘staying’ connected to the physical body.
  • Participants will learn how the Seven Phases had the capacity to develop a culturally appropriate counselling program & workshops:
    1. Bi-cultural Awareness, Safety for Inclusion workshop
    2. Aboriginal Loss, Grief and Suicide Prevention workshop
    3. Become your own Advocate workshop
  • Participants will understand why it’s important to develop a new discipline called Griefology to train Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students who are seeking a culturally appropriate approach to preventing ‘Aboriginal’ disadvantage and help Aboriginal people develop ‘Aboriginal’ prosperity.

 

Presenter Biography

Rosemary Wanganeen

Rosemary is a proud South Australian Aboriginal woman! She founded the Sacred Site Within Healing Centre in 1993 preceded by Australian Institute for Loss and Grief in 2005. She applied her personal ‘lived experiences’ to research and develop her now published Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief. As a Griefologist she’s been accepted into Adelaide University for her Master in Philosophy with a view to completing a PHD to further develop griefology as a new discipline. Her proudest moments:

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