The normal and natural responses to the loss of a loved one are heightened during the holiday season.  Although meaning well, we often do and say things that are not helpful to those who are vulnerable and feeling isolated in the cocoon of holiday grief.  This is a season of joy, celebration, and family togetherness, but for some, the painful reminders of what is no longer can dampen holiday spirits.  If ignored or not addressed as one navigates the wilderness of holiday grief, one might spiral downward, negatively affecting the wellness of everyone affected by the loss.

Learning Outcomes:
At the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

      • Understand grief from a griever’s perspective and the impact of grief sensitivity, care, and concern when supporting those grieving a loss during the holiday season.
      • Support others by incorporating holiday activities that honor the life of the deceased and encourage finding meaning and purpose moving through and beyond the grief experience.


The faculty (listed below) and planners for this educational event, have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

Dora Carpenter, CPC

As Founder of the Institute of Professional Grief Coaching (IOPGC), Dora Carpenter blends her years of experience working with hundreds of families in the death care industry and her personal experiences with loss and grief to coach, train, and certify grief coaches. She says that grief is not to be fixed or cured but is a necessary part of the experience of transitioning from a place of despair to one of hope. Her mission is to help individuals move from pain to peace, heartbreak to happiness, and grief to gratitude in the shortest time possible.

Coach Dora is a certified professional coach, author, speaker, and former licensed Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway® trainer. As Founder of the International Coaching Federation (ICF)-accredited From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program, Dora Carpenter has been recognized as a luminary in the field of grief coach training and certification.  One of her recent books, Grief Talk Revolution: It’s Time to Talk About the Elephant in the Room, has been endorsed by Jack Canfield, Co-Creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series.

A native Washingtonian, Strayer University graduate, mother, and grandmother, Dora resides in Washington, D.C. Currently practicing retirement, Coach Dora says that her purpose on this earth includes service to others, compassion, and love.


Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

After participating in the live webinar, participants must complete an evaluation, and pay the CE/CME fee to receive their selected CE credit.

Available Credit

      • 1 Nurse Contact Hour(s)

CNE Credit Designation Statement
NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 nursing contact hour(s). Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.