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Pre-Death Grief and Loss Series - Meaning Reconstruction for Families Facing An Impending Loss


In the course of counselling, you may come across clients who foresee their impending loss of someone significant in their lives through different terminal illnesses and other life-threatening circumstances (e.g. comatose state resulted from a severe accident or a fast-progressing critical medical condition). This training will introduce meaning-oriented perspectives of anticipatory grief and separation anxiety as experienced by the family members and the surrounding others of those who are given poor prognosis and are critically ill. It will also equip you with meaning reconstructive intervention tools to support the affected family members and friends in the face of their looming separation from their dying loved one.


This course will help participants:

  • To examine the threat of separation and its implications from a tripartite meaning reconstruction framework
  • To address family’s distress resulting from caregiving burdens and communication issues
  • To implement meaning-oriented techniques to facilitate family’s preparation and coping with the impending loss and separation


  • Essential features of separation anxiety and anticipatory grief
  • Use of Analogical Listening to explore the pre-loss turmoil
  • Pre-loss risk assessment for possible complications in post-loss adjustments
  • Use of a conversation guide, "To Tell or Not To Tell," to examine communication concerns over bad news and possible secrets and taboos
  • Application of Composition Work to examine the landscape of self and to explore possible post-loss reconstruction


Community/outreach workers, befrienders/volunteers, school personnel, chaplaincy/pastoral staff, helping professionals, and people who are keen in rendering grief support.


Participants who meet 80% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development in collaboration with Portland Institute.


This workshop is eligible to earn Credits for 2 Orientation Modules and 3 Techniques Modules towards to Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction or Certification in Family-Focused Grief Therapy (FFGT) offered by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition (PI), Portland, OR, United States. For certification enquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Fees S$ (Before GST)

Course Fee 


Early Bird Course Fee *Register and pay by 30 Sep 2023 $675


Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

VCF pre-approved funding 



Dr Carolyn Ng, PsyD, FT maintains a private practice, Anchorage for Loss and Transition (for more information, please visit:  She also serves as Associate Director and Faculty with the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition in Portland, OR, United States.  Previously, she was a Principal Counsellor with the Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore, specialising in cancer-related palliative care and bereavement counselling support.  She is a registered counsellor, master clinical member and approved clinical supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC).  She is also a Fellow in Thanatology (FT) registered with the Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC), USA; as well as a consultant to a cancer support and bereavement ministry in Sydney, NSW, Australia.  She is certified in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Narrative Therapy as well.

Carolyn first graduated with Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, Australia, majoring in psychology, followed by Master of Social Science (Counselling) from the Edith Cowan University, Australia and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (Conflict Management) from the Trinity Theological Seminary, USA.  She subsequently completed her doctoral training in psychology with the California Southern University, USA.  She is also trained in the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, USA, community crisis response by the National Organisation for Victim Assistance (NOVA), USA, as well as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) by LivingWorks, Canada.  She is certified as Advanced Care Planning facilitator as well. 

Her wide counselling experiences cover youth delinquency issues, marital issues, family violence issues, mental health issues, incarceration issues, grief and loss issues, and crisis interventions.  She has varied supervisory experiences with such helping professionals as counsellors, social workers and therapists in diverse settings as well.  She also conducts training workshops and presents on various topics in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, as invited by different organizations both in Singapore and other countries like Malaysia, Taiwan, Bhutan, Australia and United States over the years. 


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Course Schedule

Duration 14 Hours
Dates 6 & 7 Nov 2023
Timing 9.00am - 5.00pm
Trainer(s) Dr Carolyn Ng
Venue(s) Online via Zoom