Ministering to Grieving People

March 2, 2021 - March 23, 2021
March 2, 9, 16, 23 at 2:00 PM CST Via Webcast | LIVE ONLINE | Workshop
Offered by Luther Seminary
Get access to the full course for just $55. Four live webcasts On-demand replay of the entire course Experiments and assignments to try in context A safe space to connect, discuss, and share
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In the U.S., a person dies every 12 seconds. That person may have been someone’s grandfather, sister, high school teacher, or best friend. Inevitably, they’ll leave behind a hurting family, a devastated community, or a grieving congregation—people looking for support, assurance, and hope.

Despite its inescapability, we live in a culture that is uncomfortable with death. The most common reactions to grieving people are mixed and rarely helpful—from “they’re in a better place now” to “it’s time to move on.”

In moments of shared grief, how will you respond?


What You’ll Learn

  • The reality of grief in everyday life—even when we try to avoid it
  • Key differences between grief and mourning
  • Using coaching skills as a way of ministering
  • The importance of story in the bereavement process
  • How to provide space and time for mourning without becoming disconnected
  • What creating an “End of Life Safe” church is all about


This workshop will help you cultivate community by improving your skills in deep listening, pastoral care, and the formation of life-giving relationships even in difficult circumstances.

How it Works

Join our host, Dr. Don Eisenhauer, and an engaged learning cohort of fellow faith leaders live and online!

  • Participate in 4 one-hour webcast sessions

    Be there each of the first four Tuesdays in March as Dr. Eisenhauer helps you explore a deeper understanding of what grief, mourning, and ministering to people who have lost is all about.

  • Sharpen your skills within a safe context

    Throughout the course, you’ll have opportunities to discuss and apply what you’re learning in order to prepare for real-life situations.

  • Develop meaningful connections

    Grief is heavy, and you need a group of peers you can lean on when that weight becomes too much to bear alone. This course is a great opportunity to meet other like-minded leaders that have shared the same experience and can be there for you.

Meet the Instructors

Dr. Don Eisenhauer is the founder and president of Coaching at End of Life, LLC. In addition to doing end of life coaching and leading grief support groups, Dr. Eisenhauer served for 15 years as a pastor, having been ordained in the United Church of Christ, and he served for 19 years as a Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator for a Hospice in Pennsylvania. An Eastern Pennsylvania native, he holds both a Doctorate of Ministry and a Masters of Divinity. He is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management and Clinical Pastoral Education and is the author of several books, including “Coach Yourself Through Grief.” Dr. Eisenhauer currently lives in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania with his wife, Sue. They are parents of an adult daughter, Jane, who resides in the Boston area.