Healing Conversations

Five Guiding Principles to Support Someone Through Grief ~ Self-paced Course

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

Perhaps you are a loving partner, or a parent, or a caring volunteer, or a support worker. Perhaps you provide support to youth, or the elderly, or people living in marginalized conditions.

Healing Conversations is a simple and effective tool that provides you with awareness and skills for supporting someone through grief. You will gain confidence in how to show up well for someone, and the awareness to do so in ways that nurture resiliency 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 way to teach a therapeutic process to non-therapists. This online class is one of the results.

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

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


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. - Courtenay, Restorative Justice

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 participant

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

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

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


What you receive:

  1. Five conversation prompts and intentions that you can use immediately in your support roles, including examples of them being used in a variety of different loss contexts.
  2. Additional resources in each lesson to deepen your awareness and support.
  3. The Healing Conversations resource booklet to download as a personal reference

*Note: 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. If you are hoping to use this material to train/educate others in grief support, I ask that you reach out and be in conversation with me; I offer in-depth trainings and workshops based in this material and more. Thank you.

Your Instructor

Shauna Janz, MA
Shauna Janz, MA

For over a decade, I have been supporting individuals, families, communities, and organizations through grief and difficult experiences.

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, and rural community support teams. Alongside my private practice, I am also a trainer with BC Bereavement Helpline delivering traumatic loss support training, and for 12 years was the education director and facilitator with Learning Through Loss delivering grief trainings for supporting youth.

My approach is trauma-informed 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.