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Workshop: An introduction to working with grief and loss

25 Nov 2023

About our workshop

Grief and loss are inevitable and normal experiences in life and present frequently in the counselling room. Whether it be the death of a loved one or that of a pet or the loss of a relationship through separation or divorce, of a job or of significant aspects of our identity. Change inevitably means taking one route and relinquishing many others. The emotional response to loss does vary greatly from one individual to another. Additionally, primary losses can precipitate secondary losses; an individual loses their job and has to then sell the family home. Some losses, although painful, seem to fit in the natural order of things, like the passing of an elderly relative. Others, however, appear shocking and disturbing, such as a death by suicide or murder or the untimely death of a child. Others yet leave the mourner isolated, silenced and excluded.

This workshop will equip you with a better understanding of the many forms loss can take and how theories so far have attempted to map the grieving process. It will also aim to provide you with a better understanding of the myths and preconceptions around different types of deaths. Finally, it will endeavour to provide interventions that you may integrate into your therapeutic practice.

About our speakers: Margaret Nimmo-Smith and Margaret Ginger

Margaret Nimmo-Smith is an Adlerian trained counsellor and supervisor and was lead tutor for the Adlerian Diploma course in Bottisham for 12 years. She is now semi-retired but is still an active volunteer for Cambridge Cruse Bereavement Support after 30 years. She holds a variety of roles, including supporting clients, training, supervision and helpline work. Margaret was also a former Cogwheel supervisor.

Margaret Ginger trained with Cambridge Consultancy in Counselling (now Evolve) in the psychodynamic model. She enjoyed working as a counsellor with Cogwheel Trust for 20 years. Margaret started volunteering for Cruse in 1992 and has significant experience supporting both Adults and Children and Young People in addition to being a supervisor and trainer. She has for many years facilitated a monthly group for people bereaved by suicide.


Saturday 25th November, 10.00-17.00

Ross Street Community Centre, Cambridge, CB1 3UZ

Free for Cogwheel counsellors

£60 for other participants

To book call 01223 464385 or email admin@cogwheel.org.uk

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10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Ross Street Community Centre
Cambridge, CB1 3UZ + Google Map