Developing a Roadmap for Working with Ongoing Grief (Self-Study)


“People  have emotions, also at work”

Grief is an inevitable part of life, it accompanies us whenever there is change, large or small, good or bad.  It is part of our amazing human pallet of emotions that guide how humans navigate life. Often, people avoid talking or sharing about grief, especially in organizations. This relegates grief to the realm of the personal. By keeping it silent, it finds its way into other areas, pulling people away from genuine contact with themselves, with others, with their organizations, and with their communities.  This is a shame since beyond grief is often new beginnings and new energy.  By not working with grief, we also deny the opportunity for the transformation that follows.

During this workshop, we will offer you ways to learn about and work with grief by using the simple framework from the Genuine Contact Program.  We will use it as a doorway into the varied world that grief inhabits so that it is possible to learn to work with it as the important gift that it is in living and working as a whole person.

During the workshop, we will

  • Learn to use the grief cycle diagram to develop a multi-dimensional sense of grief and how it manifests
  • Deepen your understanding of the varied ways grief can show up so that you can develop life-nurturing ways to work with it
  • Recognize the varied expressions of each stage of grief in yourself, others and organizations
  • Learn how to work with grief as an ally for change and transformation

In this self-study program, learn a new way to work with and speak about grief as an ally in the development of yourself and your organization.


Your Facilitators

Doris Gottlieb, workshop facilitatorDoris Gottlieb has been an authorized Genuine Contact Trainer since 2011  and Co-Owner.  She has worked for 20 + years following her fascination with people and organizations. In that regard, she has worked in varied sectors from education to industry, from non-profits to commercial ventures.  Through it all, she has remained convinced that when people put their minds and hearts together they have capacity for great good. Her belief in people and their inherent beauty is what attracted her to Genuine Contact™ and once she began to work this way, she was hooked seeing how it elegantly taps into human capacity to create conditions in which people thrive. By creating life-nurturing processes, practices, structures, and developing the conduct that enables people to work in ways that honor life and nature Genuine Contact has just been a wonderful framework within which to approach organizational challenges.

Doris has a special interest in working with grief, as she has found that so many of her clients struggle with the effects of unrecognized grief within their organizations and personal lives.  It has been a special benefit of working with Genuine Contact to have structure, processes, and methods that allow for grief to become something that is acknowledged as part of the complex life of an organization.

Learn more about Doris

Elisabeth Tepper, workshop facilitatorElisabeth Tepper Kofod

Elisabeth is a GC Trainer and Co-Owner. Ever since she had her training in 2008 she just knew that there was no going back.  Working with people had to be in the Genuine Contact way. Elisabeth describes it as the most holistic and organic way of relating to people, of learning, of teaching, of solving conflicts, of participating in meetings, of facilitating transformation processes both in individuals and organizations.

For over 20 years Elisabeth worked in American corporations. Initially in Venezuela and later, as an external consultant for Puerto Rico (Caribbean) and Chile. From this experience, she understands the work stress within large organizations. She then became a freelance Transformation Process Facilitator and consultant in Venezuela and works with the tools and resources she has gathered and developed over the years. Elisabeth now lives in Spain and she recognizes grief as a fundamental piece of life, especially as a stepping stone into growth and transformation.

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Self-Study Program

This self-study program includes:

  • audio recording of the original workshop (2 hours)
  • workshop guidebook (14 pages)
  • workshop whiteboards (15 pages)
  • Grief Cycles are Healing Cycles that Enable Transformation
  • Recommended Future Reading

You will receive immediate access to these materials once your order is complete.

Genuine Contact Specialty Series

This online workshop is part of the Genuine Contact Specialty Series. Each program in this series is designed to showcase an original application of Genuine Contact as developed by Genuine Contact professionals. Genuine Contact provides a blended, synergistic, holistic approach to change and to leadership. It is not about a big quick splash, but rather about developing the skills, knowledge, and capacity to sustain the ongoing organizational change necessary to thrive in today’s constantly changing, complex times.

The Genuine Contact Program and all of its applications are used around the world in the private sector, non-profit sector, development agencies, health and social services, and in organizations of all types.