Walking in Hope:  Discovering Pathways Through Grief
3:00 PM15:00

Walking in Hope: Discovering Pathways Through Grief

Join us at a FREE community event with local grief experts as they discuss how to find hope even in life’s most difficult situations. This event is sponsored by Vickie's Angels. Participants include: Grace United Methodist Church in Lemoyne, Someone To Tell It To, A Grief Trajectory, Caitlin's Smiles, and Radiant Hope.

Light refreshments and several resources designed to help you walk in hope with be available.

Date: November 4, 2018

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Where: Grace Church - 309 Herman Avenue - Lemoyne, PA 17043

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Commonwealth Prevention Alliance
10:15 AM10:15

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A Grief Trajectory: A New Model for Understanding and Approaching Grief Lisa Zoll, Temple University Lynn Shiner Lisa Zoll, LCSW, and Lynn Shiner have developed a new model of the grief process called “A Grief Trajectory.” The model is comprised of three aspects: event grief, working grief, and forever grief. It is designed with the following shortcomings of traditional models in mind: it eliminates stages, phases, and states, it eliminates a time frame for grief, it takes pressure off the griever to meet expectations of other models, it is nonlinear, and closure is not a goal. This workshop will combine learning and experiential activities. The presenters have published a book entitled “Grief: The Event, The Work, The Forever – A self-help book brought to you by the letter ‘R

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Keystone Crisis Intervention Team Conference
11:00 AM11:00

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May 2, 2018 - DAY 1

1:00 - 1:45 PM      Welcome Session 

Michelle Kern and Keynote Speaker Lynn Shiner 

1:45 - 3:15 PM      Session 1

A Grief Trajectory - Lynn Shiner & Lisa Zoll, LCSW

According to Fredrik Backman in A Man Called Ove, death is a strange thing. It is also perplexing, puzzling, and mysterious. It is a unique and unpredictable process for each person, and responses are highly personal. There have been scholarly attempts to put the process into stages, states, and tasks. While these efforts provide a roadmap for clinicians who treat individuals experiencing grief, there is little that can be done to harness the grieving process into a straight path that can easily be followed by those who grieve.

Lisa Zoll, LCSW and Lynn Shiner have created a new model for how we look at the journey of grief: the event, the work, and the forever. It is designed with the following shortcomings of traditional models: it eliminates stages, expectations, expected order of stages, timeframes, and closure.


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8:15 AM08:15

Celebrating Social Work - Social Work Month Education Series

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A Grief Trajectory: An Approach for Understanding and Approaching Grief (Trauma Credit)
Lisa Zoll, LCSW
Lynn Shiner

  • Describe the framework of the new approach to grief.
  • Identify the aspects of the grief event, working grief and forever grief.
  • Interpret ways to apply this model within clinical work.


Register through:  https://ce.med.psu.edu/celebrating-social-work-education-series/





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2:00 PM14:00

Understanding Grief: A Forum


  • Death is awkward.
  • Grief is grief no matter who dies or how they die.  What is different is the intensity and duration of the grieving process.
  • Grief is complex and everyone’s journey is unique.
  • You will walk away from this forum with a better understanding of the grieving process and how you can help others.

BACKGROUND:  Twenty-three years ago, Lynn Shiner’s ex-husband murdered her two children, Jen and Dave, 10 and 8, on Christmas Day. This nightmare, her despair and anger, left her numb, afraid, and “zombielike,” with intense, overwhelming feelings, visions and memories. Yet, throughout her journey, she suffered feelings of inadequacy and anxiety as she struggled to fit her experience into the wisdom of traditional psychiatric models, stages and timelines, designed to help. Based on her journey, she felt her experience was better expressed as a trajectory that included a more realistic approach that included the event, the work and the forever, eliminating the word closure. In her mind, “You love them forever. Why wouldn’t you grieve them forever?”

Join Lynn and Lisa Zoll, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Instructor of Social Work at Temple University as they discuss the following topics:

  • Recognize common reactions to grief.
  • Examine a less structured approach to grief, that allows grievers to focus on their journey rather than on stages, time frames, expectations and the elimination of closure.  
  • Understand the importance of encouraging reflection and storytelling.
  • Walk away with solid advice on how you can help family and friends through the grieving process.


Anyone who has been impacted by death.


  •  The presenters have published a self-help book entitled “Grief: The Event, The Work, The   Forever” and will be available for $10. Proceeds benefit Epiphany Lutheran Church.
  •   Light refreshments will be available.

Any questions, feel free to email Lynn Shiner at Lshiner18@gmail.com or Lisa Zoll at Lzoll@verizon.net

Hope to see you there!


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