Grief Work Training in Boca Raton


This 5-hour, in-person Grief Work Training taught by Amy Wright Glenn is open to all. Those involved in holding space for life’s difficult passages ~ mental health providers, birth & death doulas, hospice and hospital chaplains, as well as religious/spiritual leaders ~ are particularly welcome.

*Members of the Institute and well as members/friends of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton (UUFBR) receive 50% off of the tuition for this course. Members simply need to enter their membership coupon code upon check out. Members/friends of UUFBR, please contact Amy to register.

*Fifty percent of all revenue earned will be donated to UUFBR.


Join Amy Wright Glenn

for a 5-hour, in-person Grief Work Training

Date TBA
*due to new Covid variant, the original January date has been postponed

*We will gather at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton, FL
*All participants must be vaccinated and/or wear a mask per CDC guidelines.


Grief is everywhere in the news lately.

It is estimated that at least 37,000 children in the US have lost a parent to Covid-19 thus far. So many billions of us have experienced deep sorrow and stress throughout the pandemic impacting daily rhythms, school, health, and finances.

We can acknowledge both the reality of this tremendous sorrow and acknowledge the good that comes when grief-phobic cultures pays heed to the powerful, normative, and often-maligned energies/emotions of grief. Grief is inherent in life ~ and with the pandemic, we are (finally) talking about it more openly.

Because we are human, we know birth, breath, and death. Whether we show up in this world as a doula, teacher, parent, activist, caregiver, or are involved in the corporate realm ~ we encounter grief.

Because we love, we grieve.

Participants will deeply explore, examine, and encounter six dimensions to grief work drawing upon recent scholarship regarding the physiology of loss and bereavement as well as insights drawn from the world’s wisdom traditions. Participants will make personal connections to the material drawing upon their own experience of grief. Particular attention will be placed on exploring how grief shows up ~ and is profoundly impacted ~ by the intersection of one’s national, economic, religious, social, racial, sexual, and gender identity. An exploration of climate justice and grief in relation to climate change is included in the training.












Amy will be drawing upon key selections from three texts as part of this training:

Bearing the Unbearable ~ Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief by Joanne Cacciatore

Holding Space ~ on Loving, Dying, and Letting Go by Amy Wright Glenn

Reading these books prior to the training is recommended, though not required. 

Upon the successful completion of this 5-hour training, participants will be more deeply and confidently able to address six dimensions of grief within their personal and professional circles of influence. We will mindfully and compassionately explore of the following:

Emotional ~ What does grief do to our emotional world? How does grief connect to anger, denial, hope, gratitude, and love? Do we feel safe expressing our grief? To whom?

Spiritual ~ How does grief connect to an understanding of mystery, the spirit, God? What role does grief play in religious or spiritual ritual? How does grief connect to our understanding of death?

Physical ~ What impact does grief have on the body? How does our physiology express grief? What happens to our body when grief is repressed? What can we learn about the four F’s (fight, flight, fear, and fawn) in relationship to grief?

Mental ~ What happens to our memories when they are colored by grief? How does grief impact our capacity and willingness to explore our mental health? How does grief impact our cognition ~ especially when we are in hyper or hypo aroused states of awareness?

Social ~ What were the messages of grief that we learned from our family/community through childhood? What message about grief do we adopt from our larger culture?  How does the intersectionality of our identities impact the way our society receives, frames, or ignores our grief? In what way do animals experience and/or share our grief? What rituals connect us to the grief of others?

Environmental ~ How does grief intersect with climate change? In what ways do the profound shifts on our planet today with regard to species extinction and the questions of climate justice connect to personal and collective trauma/grief? How can we hold space for grief that arises due to an existential threat to the systems of life upon which we depend?