Healing Conversations

Five Guiding Principles to Support Someone Through Grief (Self-Paced)

Is there someone in your life that is navigating loss or transition? Are you looking for ways to be a healing presence and offer meaningful support to them?

Perhaps you are a loving partner, a parent, a friend, a community connection, a caring volunteer, a support worker, or a peer counsellor. Perhaps you are a helping professional seeking an accessible approach to offer to folks you work with.

Healing Conversations is an effective guide that provides you with awareness and attuned skills for supporting someone through grief. You will gain confidence in how to show up well for someone who is grieving, and the awareness to do so in ways that nurture connection and dignity.

Healing Conversations emerged from my experiences supporting others through grief in my private practice, facilitating bereavement support groups, and leading trainings on how to offer grief support. Especially in my trainings, I needed a succinct and accessible way to teach therapeutic presence and process to non-therapists. This therapeutic guide is one of the results.

In this self-paced class, I outline five conversation principles and intentions you can follow as a guidepost for having supportive and healing conversations with someone who is grieving. Each principle is relevant to someone who has experienced either the death of a loved one, or a difficult transition in their life, such as a job loss, moving, divorce, illness, and relationship change.

I provide the therapeutic context for each conversation principle, examples from my own practice to illustrate each healing conversation, and additional resources to support you in supporting others.


What you receive

  • Five conversation principles and intentions that you can use immediately in your relationships, including examples of them being used in a variety of different loss contexts.
  • Additional resources to deepen your awareness and support.
  • The Healing Conversations PDF resource booklet to download as a personal reference

Sharing is Caring

I am grateful for how far and wide this resource is being shared. If you would like to enrol with your community, colleagues or friends of 5+ more people, please reach out and I will be happy to extend a discounted group rate for such purposes.

What others are saying about Healing Conversations...

I loved the examples of healing conversations; they really translated the content into practical use and made meaningful support achievable.- Courtney, Restorative Justice Institute

I loved the grounding and healing conversations. I will use this in many different areas. - Vashti, Camosun College

The Healing Conversations framework is empowering. Thank you. - Community volunteer

With so many helpful take-ways, I feel more prepared to support others. - Amber, community volunteer

Really relevant material presented by someone who is clearly very knowledgeable, passionate, and able to articulate ideas clearly and eloquently. - Caity, NEED2 Suicide Prevention, Education and Support

The 5 healing principles were really helpful - brief and easy to grab a hold of them. - Nancy, James Bay Community Center


Your Instructor

Shauna Janz, MA
Shauna Janz, MA

For over 16 years, I have been offering individuals, families, communities, and organizations trauma-informed grief and loss support and education.

I have had the honor to work with non-profit organizations, government, First Nation communities, post-secondary educational institutions, school counseling and critical incident response teams, hospice teams, and rural community support teams. I have an active private practice offering consulting and facilitation services. I am in ongoing partnership with Moms Stop the Harm providing trauma-informed facilitation skills to their national team of facilitators in the context of harm reduction and bereavement by substance poisoning. I have also been a trainer with BC Bereavement Helpline delivering traumatic loss support training for violent death loss, and for 12 years was the education director and facilitator with Learning Through Loss delivering grief trainings for supporting youth and school based programs.

My approach is trauma-informed, anti-oppressive and rooted in nurturing resiliency and dignity.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.