The Many Faces of Grief Late in Life: What I Wish I Had Learned In College

9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
CEUs: $50.00
No CEUs: $25.00
3.0 CEUs available for:

  • LSW/LISW/SWA (CSWMFT #: RSX069601)

  • Nurses ​(via reciprocity with the CSWMFT board)

  • Pending LNHA (BELTSS)



Older adults and their families are more likely to experience losses and the corresponding periods of grief than any other group in our society.  As such, understanding the issues surrounding loss and grief are central to those who work with these individuals.  In the past decade, we have seen a very large amount of research devoted to understanding the grieving process and its manifestation in behaviors and overall health of the individual.  This workshop will focus on exploring some of the particular dynamics of grief which have emerged from the research such as anticipatory, ambiguous, and disenfranchised grief.  It will also focus on the common characteristics of those experiencing multiple losses.  It will provide a practical framework for professionals to identify and assist those individuals and families touched by these various forms of grief.     


  • Discuss the complex and changing nature of losses throughout the lifetime 

  • List common forms of grief in late life and their manifestations in both individual coping and family dynamics.

  • Identify the multigenerational consequences of prolonged and /or unidentified grieving processes 

  • List practical tips to assess and intervene helpfully when grieving becomes a barrier to providing effective care to older individuals

About the Speaker: Paula Taliafero

Paula Taliafero works part time at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging as an Outreach & Education Specialist. As such, she has presented over 900 workshops in the last decade.  Paula holds a Master’s Degree in Gerontology from Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University and a License in Social Work in the State of Ohio. She is a PAC Approved Trainer under Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care. She is developer of the “Aging In Ohio” course which is required of many professionals who work with older adults.  In addition, she is one of two developers of the “Fundamentals of Guardianship” course sponsored by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Judicial College and she is a Affiliated Trainer with the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices.


Class sizes are limited, so register early.  Classes with low registrations may be canceled.  If the class is canceled or moved, participants will be contacted via email at least 24 hours in advance.

Classes start and end on time.  To ensure a quality experience for all, please arrive (in-person) or log in (virtual) at least 15 minutes prior to the class start time.  CEU credits will be adjusted 0.25 credit hours for every 15 minutes not in attendance; adjusted certificates will be emailed to participants within 3 business days after the training.  Hard copies of certificates will be mailed upon request.

It is difficult to control room temperature to everyone's comfort level.  We suggest you dress in layers that can be adaptable to warm and cool temperatures.

For auditing purposes, arrival and departure times and signature are required on attendance sheets.