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Grief in the Midst of COVID 19: What are we going to do to hold all of it? How are we going to take care of ourselves?

  • 24 Apr 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online
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  • Anyone who is not a member of IE-CAMFT
  • Member of the Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT

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Jill A. Johnson-Young, LCSW


The original presentation for this month was focused on the dying process and how it informs working with grieving clients. It also addressed how to approach grief with clients, how to create a safe environment, and how to make grief solution focused, not the forever experience for your client after a significant death.

That’s all vitally important information. We can do it another time. Right now we have COVID. We are working from home or closed offices. We are trying to make practices work or to meet the increasing needs of clients in our work sites. We are facing what has already occurred in Italy. These are just some of the issues coming up worldwide, all of which are already occurring on our East Coast:

  • Funerals and memorial services that cannot be held or have to be done online- all without touching.
  • Deaths occurring rapidly, and without loved ones being able to be there, to witness, to comfort, to say goodbye
  • ·Family members who are sick after a death, and multiple family losses
  • ·The impact of witnessing mass death across the country (and world)
  • ·Not being able to get “home” if needed- wherever home might be
  • · Medical, housekeeping, coroner and mortuary staff getting sick and fearing for their own lives as they care for others
  • ·  “Essential” workers being exposed and not being able to remove themselves from the situation for financial and job security reasons
  • Financial stressors and losses: offices for therapists, homes, apartments, jobs, security, retirement savings
  • Unrecognized losses: graduations, proms, promotions for littles in Kinder and 6th grades, pets for those who have to move, opportunities lost, plans that had to change, not being able to see parents or elders or grandkids or ?, medical issues that had to go unresolved, holidays, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, not seeing friends, missing school, not being in plays or concerts or performances or competitions, and on and on and on. All of them.

This presentation will focus on helping therapists:

1)    identify how to best meet the needs of clients who are coping with grief now and in the future, including all of the above losses.

2)   identify three ways to take care of yourself while in the middle of the crisis and afterward in grief work.

3)   Learn how to normalize and validate the importance of all the losses for clients who minimize their own losses.

Finally, we will do some intense grief prep to help those who are going to or will lose loved ones to this disease in a way that nobody has had to cope since the last polio epidemic or the flu pandemic of 1918.

I hope you will join me, come with questions prepared that I address with you online, and still be ready for some humor and hope. Because in addition to listening and holding space, humor and hope are our best assets.


Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW is a dynamic and engaging local, national, and international speaker who loves teaching both professional and community groups about dementia, death and dying, and grief and loss. She’s known for her sense of humor and making people laugh while talking about the stuff nobody really wants to talk about, including therapists. She co-owns Central Counseling Services in Riverside, California, where she is also a clinical therapist. She is a certified Grief Recovery Facilitator after spending more than a decade with hospice as a medical social worker and as a director of social workers, chaplains, and grief staff. She holds a BA from UC Riverside and her MSW from the University of South Florida. Jill has authored three children’s grief books and an adult grief workbook with more in process, and created www.yourpaththroughgrief.com, a year-long, comprehensive grief support program. She also has a website, www.jilljohnson-young.com, which includes resources for therapists. In her spare time Jill facilitates a dementia support group in Riverside and is part of the Riverside Purple Cities Commission. Her book “The Rebellious Widow: A practical guide to love and life after loss” will be out in 2020.  Jill became a subject expert on grief after being widowed twice and marrying the funeral director who took care of both her late wives. She now spends quiet evenings with Stacie in the mortuary several nights a week. They share their life with three adult daughters, two grandsons, and three Oodles.  Her books can be found on Amazon.




Interview with Jill Johnson-Young

Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT is a CAMFT Approved CEU Provider Agency  Provider # 62278

*Disclaimer re Zoom:  We understand that using new technology is a challenge, and recognize that offering educational events through an online service such as Zoom presents a major change in the delivery of our seminars.  If the seminar is interrupted due to any technological issue on our end, we will either issue credit for a similar future seminar or refund the seminar fee.

We wish to make our attendees aware that while we acknowledge that it may present a challenge for some participants, IE-CAMFT is not responsible for any difficulty registrants may encounter getting online due to slow Internet speeds, high traffic, losing connectivity, downloading the application, etc.  As a CEU provider, we must abide by the guidelines of CAMFT as required by the BBS and, accordingly, cannot issue CEU credit if seminar registrants are not online for the full seminar time.  Thank you for your understanding.  

CEU Hours: This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Certificates: Electronic certificates will be sent by email following participant’s completion of his or her electronic evaluation, but are sent in batches, not immediately upon completion of the evaluation.

Refund Policy:  If a participant is unable to attend and notifies IE-CAMFT 72 hours in advance of the training, seminar fee will be fully reimbursed.

Grievance:  If any aspect of the training is not to the full satisfaction of any participant, please notify the coordinator, CEU committee chair, or another IE-CAMFT board member.  We hope to resolve any issue immediately on-site.  If not resolved, the full IE-CAMFT board will review and resolve the issue.

IE-CAMFT wishes all participants to have an excellent learning experience.  Please notify the coordinator or other board member if you need special accommodations.  If possible, call Garry Raley at (951) 640-5899 in advance

Presenter Non-Appearance Policy

In the unlikely event that a scheduled presenter does not appear for a scheduled event, the following steps will be used to remediate inconvenience to attendees:

An announcement will be made to inform everyone that CEU credits cannot be provided due to inability to meet CAMFT standards for advance notice, etc.

The meeting will be held.  Attendees will be encouraged to participate for the purpose of professional development.

If an attendee has paid for the seminar, s/he will receive either a full refund or credit for a future presentation.

If the topic will be repeated at a later time, notice of the date and time will be provided to all interested parties.

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