Beyond Loss Grief Training Program

COVID-19 UPDATE - Due to Covid-19 regulations all Beyond Loss Support Group meetings will be held Virtually, we are still accepting new members. Please email Adena Sarkian at for more information.

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2-Day Certified - Bereavement Facilitator Training
13 CEs Fee: $349
April 23 & 24, 2021; September 10 & 11, 2021 | 8:30 - 4:30 pm

The last 25 years have brought about an explosion of interest in the field of thanatology (death, dying and bereavement). The Beyond Loss Grief Training Program at Adventist Health Glendale (AHGL) is committed to providing clergy, mental health and medical professionals with the knowledge they need to become certified in grief facilitation and help assure the best outcomes for patients and their families.

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The Beyond Loss Grief Training Program responds to the need that exists within our communities, medical centers, hospices, churches and other agencies for highly-trained, certified bereavement facilitators.

Training topics include:

  • Facilitating the healthy grief of others.
  • In-depth processing skills.
  • Setting up and running grief support groups.
  • Suicidology and different kinds of loss.
  • Grief of children and teens.
  • Health and spirituality.
  • Mindfulness and grief.
  • Anatomy and grief.
  • Cultural diversity in bereavement.
  • Caregiver qualities and best care practices.

Several trainings are offered throughout the year at AHGL. For a complete list of our available training courses, see the column at the right.

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Faculty Presenters

ParsonsRev. Alice Parsons Zulli, FT, BCPC, Chaplain
Alice is an ordained minister and hospital chaplain with a specialty in clinical thanatology and bereavement education. She also holds a fellow in thanatology, a fellow in ministerial studies and is a nationally certified bereavement facilitator, certified grief counselor and a board-certified pastoral counselor. Alice founded the Beyond Loss program at AHGL in 1990 and is the program director. She has also co-founded several other organizations, including the Consortium of Bereavement Professionals and the Center for Grief and Loss for Children.

SarkianAdena Sarkian
Adena Sarkian obtained her Clinical Psychology Masters with emphasis on Marriage Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Throughout her academic career, Adena conducted research on cultural influences affecting narrative of autobiographies. As a certified grief counselor, Adena holds great pride in supporting individuals when they are in their most vulnerable state. Adena currently facilitates grief support groups within the Beyond Loss Program at AHGL and provides counseling to individuals struggling with anxiety and depression.

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For more information about the Beyond Loss Grief Training Program at AHGL, as well as upcoming training dates and times, call the AHGL Chaplains Department at (818) 409-8008.