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The After: Rebuilding & Recreating After Profound Loss
Thursday, June 29th
5pm PST, 8pm EST
A2Z Live! is an open-format, virtual Zoom gathering hosted by A2Z Healing Toolbox®. This community forum is dedicated to helping people take proactive steps in the grief and trauma healing process by learning, sharing and discussing. Participants will gather new tips, tools and resources from inspirational guest panelists in the fields of traumatic loss and bereavement – grief therapists, social workers, trauma experts, health and wellness coaches, spiritual leaders, and award-winning authors.
A2Z Live! is a 90 Minute Open Zoom Format facilitated by social worker-educator-author Susan Hannifin-MacNab. The gathering will run as follows:
- 15 Minutes Welcome and Panelist Introductions
- 45 Minutes Panel Interview, Questions and Discussion
- 25 Minutes Break-Out Room Conversation with Panelists and Participants
- 5 Minutes Closing
As a participant on A2Z Live! you will:
- Join a like-minded healing community
- Interact with expert guest panelists
- Gather valuable tips and tools for healing
- Learn powerful new ways to restore, renew and recreate your life
- Choose your own break-out room discussion
- Interact or just listen- your camera can be on or off
- Connect with others who “get you”
Meet the Panelists
Karrie Filios MA, LPC, CT is the Bereavement Services Manager for Agape Healthcare. She has worked in hospice and palliative care for over 16 years and has over 20 years of experience in grief counseling and family therapy.
Karrie developed the bereavement services program at Agape Healthcare while also building a robust interdisciplinary internship program for those preparing to enter the field of grief counseling. She co-founded the Starfish Program, a grief support program for children in 2007 which provided support for children and families over for 13 years.
Karrie has been providing bereavement education and training to mental health professionals and community members since 2007. She is currently an instructor for the University of Colorado Denver where she teaches on the topics of grief and loss, children’s grief, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.
Additionally, Karrie serves as the Committee Chair for the Grief Networking Alliance.
In 2014, Karrie became a Heartlight Center Honoree, which recognized her for outstanding service and commitment supporting grieving individuals and outreach to the community. In 2017, she was awarded the Hospice Caregiver Award and most recently in 2022, Karrie earned her Certification in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement from ADEC the Association for Death Education and Counseling.
Rev Paula Stephens is a renowned speaker, author, Zen Buddhist chaplain, and wellness coach with expertise in helping people navigate grief and trauma. With a Master’s degree in exercise physiology and graduate work in Buddhist Chaplaincy, she offers grief-informed training for health and wellness coaches at WellGrief.com.
Paula’s personal experience with grief and advocacy work has made her a nationally recognized speaker on grief and wellness. She is also an ordained Zen Buddhist Chaplain and teaches a course in integrated resilience for active-duty military personnel. In her free time, Paula enjoys outdoor activities with her family in Colorado.
John Polo is an international coach, best-selling author and keynote speaker.
From grief to dating, self-growth and everything in between, John offers a style that is powerful, authentic and also very unique.
John is the author of 4 books and has worked with clients on nearly 5k coaching sessions.