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Coping with Grief and Loss during COVID-19

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4 November 2020, 10 h 00 min - 13 h 00 min


The Manitoba Multifaith Council Spiritual Health Committee, in collaboration with the Interfaith Healthcare Association of Manitoba, is pleased to present this half-day workshop on the subject of grief during this pandemic.

Anne Whitford-Fast and Lynn Granke will facilitate a process for participants to consider their own losses and via this experience, be able to help others in their faith communities give expression to their grief and find a way forward in this new normal.

Learning goals

  1. Identify various forms of grief including anticipatory, hidden and ambiguous (disenfranchised);
  2. Name losses being experienced;
  3. Consider how our responses to grief are impacted by the pandemic ;
  4. Identify strategies for expressing grief, mourning and adapting to our losses, and nurturing resilience.

Questions to reflect on prior to arrival: Name losses you’ve experienced:

  • What are you missing?
  • What hasn’t occurred that usually would have?


Anne Whitford-Fast

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from the University of Winnipeg , a Master of Arts in Theology and Spiritual Direction and a BA in Psychology.

Lynn Granke

Masters of Divinity Lutheran pastor Certified Supervisor Educator with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care


  • On-line registration
  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Grief… so that’s what I’m experiencing?
  • Break-out Groups
  • Health Break
  • The Pain of a Thousand Cuts
  • If we’re in the same boat, where is my life jacket?
  • Wrap-up