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Principles of Adult Learning

Phases of Learning

Phase 1: Experiencing

The trainer might first lead an activity designed to generate participants’ discussion about their own personal grieving styles.

Trainer: Please pull out the two-page handout called Personal Grieving Style Inventory. The purpose of this inventory is to help you, in a systematic way, reflect upon and better understand your own grieving style.

It is important to be honest with yourself, even if some of the memories are difficult and painful to recall. This information is for you only and does not have to be shared with others. Trust the first thing that pops into your mind rather than lingering on a particular answer.

Phase 2: Processing

The trainer could then lead a discussion about what feelings arose during the completion of the Personal Grieving Style Inventory.

Trainer: I hope that this exercise helped you to identify your own grieving style and how your experiences may influence your interaction and connection to others. Let's quickly take a look at "Attitudes Toward and Beliefs About Grief and Bereavement."

As I explained earlier, there is really no right or wrong way to grieve, unless it causes harm to oneself or others. It is as unique as a fingerprint and shaped by our experiences. I am going to go over some of the common attitudes toward grief and bereavement and you can respond to your answers by show of hands if you agreed, disagree or if you were not sure about the following statements.