Grief Integration Through the Use of Borrowed Narratives

Grief Integration Through the Use of Borrowed Narratives

Webinar Overview

This webinar is free for ACGB members 

Some individuals, isolated in grief, conclude, "No one understands what I am experiencing!" or "No one has ever experienced grief like mine!" What in the grief experience and tragedies of public figures, celebrities, heroes, ordinary people has transferable value? 

After shipwrecks, bushfires, wars, heat waves, Australians have emerged resiliently. What stories do survivors of personal and national tragedies have to tell? The presenter contends that unexamined griefs of Australians offer raw material to be refined and shaped into resources which will make a difference in clinical encounters with contemporary grievers committed to meaning-making and future-making. 

A borrowed narrative is more than a string of interesting "facts." The clinician interacts with the narrative to ask, "What have we here that might be helpful?" And the clinical explores the narrative with the griever. 

For example, what fresh insights may result in reexamining the sinking of the hospital ship, AHS Centaur and the loss of 268 lives during World War II? What grief did the survivors experience? What might they have to say to us today? 

Using borrowed narratives helps grievers conclude: My grief counts! And my experience of grief may help another griever.  

Learning Outcomes 

What can participants expect to have learned after attending this webinar:

  • Define techniques for identifying grief narratives from historical, biographical and memoir resources
  • Identify elements in grief narratives responsive to borrowing
  • Analyse methods to explore borrowed narratives with grievers. 

Presenter Biography

Harold Ivan Smith is a thanatologist and independent scholar whose research focuses on grief of US presidents and first ladies. For 18 years he served on the teaching faculty of Saint Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri. He earned graduate degrees from Scarritt College, Vanderbilt University, and a DMin from Asbury Theological Seminary. 

Among his writings include A Decembered Grief, On Grieving the Deaths of a Father, Grieving the Death of a Mother, When You Don't Know What to Say, When a Child You Know is Grieving, When Your People Are Grieving: Leading in Times of Loss. 

Known as a storyteller, he lives in Palm Springs, California. 

Webinar Details 


Thursday, 9th December 2021


Victoria: 10.00am - 11.30am AEDT
New South Wales: 10.00am - 11.30am AEDT
Tasmania: 10.00am - 11.30am AEDT
South Australia: 9.30am - 11.00am ACDT
Queensland: 9.00am - 10.30am AEST
Northern Territory: 8.30am - 10.00am ACST
Western Australia: 7.00am - 8.30am AWST


If you're unable to attend at the scheduled time but you would still like to purchase this webinar please register and regardless of attendance at the scheduled time you will be sent a recording of the webinar to view at your leisure. This recording will remain available for three months.


  • ACGB Member: Free
  • Non Member $75.00

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9/12/2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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