(Breese, IL) – All of us experience losses throughout our lives. Whether it is a loss of a job, a loved one, or the loss of our health, managing these losses can be complicated and disruptive depending upon our base line health and the circumstances surrounding our loss.
On Thursday, November 30, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese invites community members to a seminar on grief called, ““Journeying with Those who Grieve: Transforming Our Losses from Grief to Gratitude.” The seminar, led by Gary U. Behrman, PhD, MSW, M.Div., LCSW, will help distinguish between grief and depression, and provide skills to identify when grief is traumatic and can lead to depression for us. The presentation will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the Heritage Room. No registration is required for this free seminar.
Examples will be presented into how our faith can be a source of strength and hope when dealing with loss and how our families, friends, and professionals can transform our grief to gratitude. Prayerful meditations and practical tools will be provided along with resources for managing grief and loss. The objectives for this presentation are:
1.         Recognizing our physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs during loss.
2.         Distinguishing between grief and depression.
3.         Developing prayerful and practical approaches to transforming grief into gratitude.
Gary U. Behrman, PhD, MSW, M.Div., LCSW is Assistant Adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University (SLU) Schools of Allied Health, Medicine, and Public Health & Social Justice for the past 25 years and has a counseling practice in St. Louis.  Dr. Behrman is recognized for his expertise as clinician, educator, and consultant. He has extensive training in trauma recovery and served as a first responder for numerous crisis events around the country including a special assignment at Ground Zero following the attacks on 9/11. His research and publications are in trauma recovery and the role of faith and spirituality in creating healthy aging that transforms our lives. He is a member of St. Bernard’s Parish in Albers and lives in St. Louis, MO.
For more information about the seminar, contact Deacon Linus Klostermann or Sister Joan Markus
in St. Joseph’s Pastoral Care department at (618) 526-5327.

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Ashley Gramann

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HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 526-5439

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