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Compassion Fatigue in the Death Industry

May 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

While the value of compassion in deathcare has gained increased attention, it remains a neglected focus of training. Vicarious trauma leading to compassion fatigue is changing the way professionals think about self-care. Participants will explore how repeat exposure to traumatic deaths coupled with the constant output of empathy can affect their cognition and emotional balance, and learn 20 evidence-based techniques designed to mitigate the effects before it leads to career burnout.


Target Audience: Students, interns, individuals entering the field of childhood bereavement, new staff members, new counselors, group facilitators, volunteers, anyone who wants to invest in their practice.
Instructional Level: Novice – This best describes a topic or issue that the prospective audience is encountering for the first time in a meaningful way.
Format: Live Interactive Webinar



After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify ways the concept of compassion fatigue applies to deathcare professionals.
  • Self-assess cognitive, emotional and physical signs of compassion fatigue.
  • Understand the complementary roles of stress management, resilience, and career longevity.
  • Learn evidence-based techniques that mitigate negative work-related effects.


Speaker Bios:

Lynda Cheldelin Fell is founding partner of the International Grief Institute, and international bestselling author of over 35 books including the award-winning Grief Diaries series. With her background as a firefighter/EMT, Lynda specializes in trauma, grief, compassion fatigue, and holds a national certification in critical incident stress management. A popular keynote speaker and educator, she is a member of the continuing education faculty at Whatcom Community College. To research grief’s impact on society, she has interviewed people around the world including societal figures such as Martin Luther King’s daughter, and Heaven is For Real’s Pastor Todd Burpo. She has earned six national literary awards and five national advocacy award nominations for her work.


Refund/cancellation policy: If you need to cancel your registration, please contact Megan Lopez at or at (432) 288-4688. Please note that no refunds will be given.

To request accessibility accommodations: The National Alliance for Children’s Grief is committed to providing universal access to all our events. Please contact Megan Lopez at or at (432) 288-4688 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.


May 9
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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