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Moving our Minds and Bodies Through Grief: Experiential Techniques to Facilitate Healing from Loss

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Paul Denniston, RYT 500 |  David Kessler, MA, RN, FACHE
4 Hours 04 Minutes
Mar 16, 2023
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Broken-hearted, bereaved clients just want the pain to stop, and they often expect their therapist to have a map to find their healing. Although everyone’s loss and pain are unique, this session offers tools and techniques to help your clients normalize the grief experience and move toward healing the mind and body. You’ll have an opportunity to experience these techniques for yourself, many of which can be done in the chair so it can easily be translated into your practice. You’ll discover how to help clients:

  • Learn the keys to finding acceptance, excavating pain, and exploring meaning after loss
  • Use their mind and body to transform anger and fear, two common responses to loss, into fuel for healing
  • Tap into a source of resilience through cognitive awareness, flexibility, and intentional body movements
  • Address guilt, shame, and stigma associated with grief by understanding how the mind finds control in guilt, isolates in shame, and can release stigma though movement


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 4.25 hours CPD.



Paul Denniston, RYT 500's Profile

Paul Denniston, RYT 500 Related seminars and products

Paul Denniston, RYT 500, is the founder of Grief Yoga, which uses yoga, movement, breath, and sound to release pain and suffering and connect to love. He’s the author of Healing Through Yoga: Transform Loss into Empowerment. He’s trained thousands of therapists, counselors, and healthcare professionals in Grief Movement Training.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Paul Denniston is the founder of Grief Yoga and has employment relationships with Core Power Yoga, The Yogi Tree, Esalen, 1440 Multiversity, and Kripalu Yoga Center. He receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Paul Denniston has no relevant non-financial relationships.

David Kessler, MA, RN, FACHE's Profile

David Kessler, MA, RN, FACHE Related seminars and products

David Kessler is one of the world’s foremost experts on grief and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life, even after life’s tragedies.

He is the author of six books, including his latest bestselling book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. He co-authored two books with Elisabeth Kubler Ross, Life Lessons and On Grief and Grieving, updating her 5 stages for grief. He also co-wrote, You Can Heal Your Heart with Louise Hay. He authored Visions Trips and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die. His first book, The Needs of The Dying received praise from Saint (Mother) Teresa.

David’s personal experience as a child witnessing a mass shooting while his mother was dying in a hospital helped him begin his journey. For most of his life, David has taught physicians, nurses, counselors, police, and first responders about the end of life, trauma, and grief. However, despite his vast knowledge of grief, his life was turned upside down by the sudden death of his twenty-one-year-old son.

David’s volunteer work includes being a founding member of Project Angel Food, a well-known and loved non-profit organization. He currently serves on the board of The Farrah Fawcett Foundation which provides cancer research, patient assistance, and prevention efforts. He also serves as Specialist Reserve for the Los Angeles Police as well as having served on the Red Cross’s disaster services team.

He has a new online model of grief support called Tender Hearts with over 25 groups each as well as one of the most respected Grief Certification programs. He is the founder of, which receives millions of visits yearly providing helpful resources to over 167 countries.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: David Kessler is the is the co-founder and President Emeritus of Project Angel Food. He is a published author and receives royalties. David Kessler receives a speaking honorarium and recording and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: David Kessler is a board member for the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. He is a team member of the Health Care Executives of Southern California, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Red Cross.


  1. Evaluate techniques for using meaning to help clients resolve the internal struggle of “why did this happen and why to me?” and to move from “Why” to “How” can I move forward.
  2. Develop and use tools for helping our clients address trauma, grief and the traumatic moment.
  3. Assess how all losses impact one’s life, from death, divorce, job loss and the pandemic.
  4. Utilize techniques on how to release grief that has become stuck in our body.


  • New ways to help clients process their pain and suffering around loss
  • Differentiate between witnessing and “fixing” grief in therapy
  • Increase resilience and the possibility of post-traumatic growth
  • Working with grief through the body and why it’s critical in grief work
  • Learn simple movements that help release regrets, the “Why’s” and the guilt
  • Core techniques for helping clients deal with traumatic grief
  • Evaluate limitations of the research and potential risks in grief work

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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Total Reviews: 93

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