Pre-Death Grief and Loss Series - Quest for Meaning in Terminal Illness

What's In It For Me

· To examine the threat of terminal illness and its implications from a tripartite meaning reconstruction framework

· To address the pre-death anxiety and grief and unfinished business distress

· To implement meaning-oriented techniques to facilitate the quest for meaning in the face of terminal illness and impending death


Course Overview

In the course of counselling, you may come across clients who foresee their own impending death and separation from their loved ones through different dying trajectories. This training will introduce meaning-oriented perspectives to examine death anxiety and preparatory grief as experienced by those diagnosed with a terminal illness. It will also equip you with meaning reconstructive tools to support these clients for life review and preservation of sense of self, as well as facing their end of life and eventual death. 


Who Should Attend

Counsellors, healthcare workers, social workers, psychologists, teachers and principals, pastoral staff, and people involved in the helping profession . 

Course Duration

2 day

Total Training Duration (Hour)

14 hours

Course Outline

· Terminal illness as a crisis of meaning

· Essential features of death anxiety and preparatory grief

· Spiritual distress and hope along the dying trajectory

· Application of meaning reconstructive interventions to process the myriad of losses and grief in terminal illness


Medium of Instruction & Trainer

Carolyn Ng, PsyD, MMSAC, RegCLR maintains a private practice, Anchorage for Loss and Transition, for training, supervision and therapy in Singapore, while also serving as an Associate Director of the Portland Institute. Previously she served as Principal Counsellor with the Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore, specialising in cancer-related palliative care and bereavement counselling. She is a registered counsellor, master clinical member and approved supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC), a Fellow in Thanatology with the Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC), USA, as well as a consultant to a cancer support and bereavement ministry in Sydney, Australia. She is a trained end-of-life doula and advanced care planning facilitator. She is also trained in the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, USA, community crisis response by the National Organisation for Victim Assistance (NOVA), USA, as well as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) by LivingWorks, Canada. Her recent writing concerns meaning-oriented narrative reconstruction with bereaved families, with an emphasis on conversational approaches for fostering new meaning and action.

Funding Information

NCSS member and MSF-funded Social Service Agencies are able to apply for PCG Funding (pending outcome on PCG pre-approved funding in May 2024)

Course Fee Payable
Original Fee Before GST With GST (9%)
Course Fee $775.00 $844.75

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