A relationship does not die when a person dies.

What past attendees have to say about Lorraine and John's workshops


“The content taught is both personally and professional relevant. This is a great use of narrative theory and is moving the practice forward.”

“The material is thoroughly and clearly presented . Providing both history of theories, but also examples of how  to use them. I enjoyed that we practiced application of these ideas in small groups, allowing me to become more familiar with narrative practice.”


“The workshop was filled with such rich material- ideas, words, and thoughts- for working with loss. I liked that we covered so much material in so many different realms of grief.”

“The workshop was set up to both be informative but also allow the attendees to participate. I was able to experience a remembering conversation where I shared my experience while also hearing about others’ loved ones. It gave me a new perspective to death and grief that is wonderful, through-provoking, and something I will carry into my practice.”

“Dominant discourses of grieving are deconstructed showing the importance of evaluating whether dominant discourses are helpful. Remembering practices is such a refreshing alternative that is applicable and respectful.”

“I throughly enjoyed the emphasis on carrying people’s stories into the present as ways of representing those lives and their importance.”


“It was helpful for me to see Lorraine interview a person attending the conference about their experiences with death. Through this interview constructive questions were modeled, it was helpful to hear and see the process.”

“I attended a one day workshop and I wish the workshop was longer. The material taught is rich, and Dr. Hedtke and Dr. Winslade create a supportive and respectful atmosphere. I look forward to attending more of their conferences in the future!”

Past Speaking Events 2011-2012

Death, dying and Bereavement Practices

Copenhagen, Denmark

Presentation Dates: March 29-30 2012

This two-day workshop will be not only an introduction to a new and revolutionary way to think about death, grief and bereavement, but will also focus on effective conversations when death involves complicated relationships. Theories and practices will be demonstrated for those who work with bereavement practices to address grief from an innovative and inspiring model.


Master Class on Remembering

Bordeaux Mérignac, France

Presentation Dates: March 26-27 2012

The narrative approach has revolutionized work with individuals and groups devastated by grief and the death or departure of loved ones, children and friends. Co-authors of the seminal book on this topic, "Remembering Lives, Conversations with the Dying and the Bereaved", Lorraine and John are two American practitioners who have led the development of the various narrative practices focused on death and dying that exist today.

Whether you are a therapist, coach, palliative caregiver or specialized nurse working with dependent elderly, this workshop will help you replace narratives seeped in pain and death with conversations that honor identity and life, and change your perspective of death to benefit those you support ... and yourself.

More information about the master class and La Fabrique Narrative.


Remembering Conversations with the Dying and Bereaved

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Presentation Dates: Feb. 15-16, 2012

Narrative conversations about death and grief are less about the passive suffering of loss and more about growing invigorating identity stories amid the ongoing transitions that death occasions. Attending this workshop will foster a sense or liveliness and provide a new way to think about death and grief, professionally and personally.

  1. Participants will be introduced to narrative concepts and re-membering practices.
  2. Participants will be able to distinguish between conventional bereavement conversations and narratively informed conversations.
  3. Participants will practice the construction of a re-membering conversation and will achieve a familiarity with important aspects to select for effective conversations with bereaved people.

Counseling Workshop


Presentation Dates: Feb. 26- Mar. 1 2012

February 26: Narrative School Counseling Workshop

This workshop will focus on applying narrative ideas in school counseling. It will address first the construction of identity narratives in school discourse and the special opportunities that counselors can take advantage of to help young people articulate their own identity preferences.

It will also address how to use narrative ideas for addressing problematic behavior in school through the use of restorative practices. In particular, restorative conferencing and undercover anti-bullying teams will be highlighted.

The workshop will be suitable for those with little or no background in narrative practice as well as for those with some experience. It will include demonstrations, explanations and practice exercises.

February 27-28: Remembering Conversations with the Dying and Bereaved.

If death doesn't mean saying goodbye, how are we freed to grieve differently? Conversations will be constructed using innovative ideas that challenge prescriptive notions found in conventional grief psychology. The workshop will show how to develop relational narratives that live on after a physical death. We will practice numerous entry points into conversations with people who are dying and grieving. We also will explore discussions regarding difficult and sudden deaths or the impact on grief when a relationship was highly complicated.

February 29- March 1: Narrative Mediation Workshop

Differences between people are products of the narratives that people are living out and the positions within those narratives that they are offered and either take up or refuse. Relationships also have their own narratives. Narrative mediation is about re-authoring relationship narratives in situations where these have become fraught. In this workshop we shall focus on how to create counter stories in contexts where conflict has soured relations between people. The workshop will include demonstrations, explanations and practice exercises.

More information about the Jerusalem Narrative Therapy Institute.

For more information about the Qesem Centre with Rachel Paran and Yishai Shalif, please email them.


Aging and Society Conference

Berkley, CA, U.S.A

Presentation Dates: Nov. 8-9, 2011

Aging in Society is an international conference, a cross-disciplinary scholarly journal, a book imprint and an online knowledge community which, together, set out to describe, analyze and interpret the role of aging in society. These media are intended to provide spaces for careful, scholarly reflection and open dialogue. The bases of this endeavor are cross-disciplinary. The intellectual project seeks to examine the economic, health, wellness, political and social aspects of aging in society.

More information about this conference.