Grief Awareness Conference


Join hundreds of professionals committed to enhancing grief awareness and support in our region.

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018

Time: 8:30am-4:30pm

Location: Creighton University Harper Center, Omaha, NE (1/2 block North of 20th & Cass Street)


Full Day Registration (includes both keynotes): $135

Student/GJ Facilitator Discount (full day): $95

Half Day (Morning OR Afternoon): $75

Morning OR Luncheon Keynote Only: $40

Pre-registration for the conference is now closed, but you can still register at the event on November 15. We hope to see you there!

Conference Agenda

Join us for a day of enhancing awareness, education, and support for all forms of grief.

A variety of workshops led by national, regional, and local speakers fill the day to help area professionals build their toolboxes for grief support.

Download a PDF of the conference program.

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Breakfast Keynote: Michelle Steinke-Baumgard

After the death of her husband in 2009, Michelle launched the popular blog, One Fit Widow where she writes about using fitness as a grief coping mechanism. In 2014, Michelle started a nonprofit, Live the List, to fund bucket list adventures for widows and widowers to follow the dreams they had with their late spouse. Her book, Healthy Healing, focuses on using fitness as a grief coping mechanism. Join us for an inspirational session on addressing both physical and emotional well-being in grief.

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Luncheon Keynote: Jea Theis & Betsy Funk

Betsy and Jea are co-founders of Omaha Therapy and Arts Collaborative with combined specialties in expressive arts therapy, trauma, and Compassion Fatigue. This workshop will provide a hands-on opportunity to utilize and incorporate Expressive Arts techniques and practices in relation to symptoms and issues related to Compassion Fatigue. Join these two dynamic presenters for an experiential workshop with practical strategies you can use for yourself and with clients.

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Looking for a place to stay? Book at the DoubleTree Downtown – a beautiful hotel located just a few convenient blocks from the conference venue. Shuttle service available.

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Continuing Education Credits

This conference meets the criteria set by the Nebraska Board of Mental Health Practice for up to 6.0 Social Work, LMHP,
LMFT, LIMHP, and LPC hours.

The breakout session “The Death of Promise & the Promise of Death: Substance Abuse, Addiction, & Grief” is an approved continuing education program for alcohol and drug counselors for 1.0 hour (Approval Number 18.063).

CEs Sponsored by: CE Learning Systems, LLC

American Psychological Association

CE Learning Systems, LLC is approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Association of Social Work Boards

CE Learning Systems (Provider #1020) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of State Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE program. CE Learning Systems LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 02/23/2016 – 02/23/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive up to 6 continuing education clock hours.

CE Certificate Information

A continuing education certificate for the event will be obtained using the website, CE-Go. Approximately 3 days before the event, you will receive an email containing a link to CE-Go.   (This link will be sent to the email account you used to register for the event).

Upon accessing the CE-Go website, you will be able to:

  • Complete evaluation forms for each session you attend (Mandatory to receive credit for each session)
  • Complete an overall event evaluation
  • Download your continuing education certificate in a PDF format

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the CE-Go process, please contact CE-Go at 877-248-6789 or by email at

Cancellation Policy

A $50 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations up to 10 days prior to the event. Written notification of cancellation must be provided to Grief’s Journey. No refund will be provided for cancellations less than 10 days prior to the event. Your safety is important to us. In the event that the event is cancelled by Grief’s Journey due to inclement weather or emergency, all registrants will receive a full refund. If the event is postponed or rescheduled, no refunds will be provided.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Silver Level

CHI Health at Home

Vetter Senior Living

Bronze Level

AseraCare Hospice Foundation

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Millard Public Schools Foundation

UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work

Friend Level

Westside Community Schools