Online Program

Becoming a Grief Journey Companion: Supporting Grieving Students


Becoming a Grief Journey Companion: Supporting Grieving Students 

This program is jointly provided by HealGrief, a national non-profit focused on supporting those of all ages who are grieving, which includes Actively Moving Forward, a program focusing on young adults who are grieving. 


Cost: Free

Contact Hours 0.0


Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this 2 hour webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the impact of grief on children, teens, young adults, and adults.

2. Utilize hands-on skills to work with the grieving population.

3. Recognize the consequences of grief in an individual’s development.

4. Employ trauma and bereavement-informed practices to create a supportive environment.



Kiri Meyer, MS, LPC, NCC 

Kiri T. Meyer

Director of Programming for ActivelyMovingForward (AMF) 

Kiri is the founder of an independent contracting organization StarBright Grief Guidance LLC, and is licensed in the state of Wisconsin as a Child and Family Therapist – specializing in grief & trauma. Kiri has been working in the bereavement field for 10 years, volunteering at grief camps both in and outside of the US, continually pursuing further educational opportunities in Thanatology, and presenting about children’s and young adult grief at webinars and conferences. 

Andy McNiel, MA

Andy McNeil

Advisory Board member of Heal Grief, Co-founder and Executive Partner with The Satori Group, LLC, Co-author of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals

Andy is a highly-experienced grief support professional, facilitating numerous groups for bereaved parents, widows and widowers, children, and teenagers throughout his career. He has also provided individual grief support counseling to children, teenagers, and adults. Andy has lectured extensively on support group facilitation, grief and bereavement, non-profit management, leadership, and building resiliency. He is a co-founder and executive partner with The Satori Group, LLC, a national education, management, and consulting company, providing education and consultation to non-profit organizations.

Fran Solomon, Founder


President, Heal Grief

After family, Fran’s passion lies in philanthropy. Fran is a member of the Cedars Sinai Board of Governors and served as a member of the Board of Directors and past Chair for Our House Grief Support Center, a community-based agency located in Los Angeles.

During her work with Our House, Fran realized a greater vision than local community work. She recognized that communities were no longer defined by geography. “Grief is universal and has no boundary. There needs to be a place where individuals throughout the world can come and celebrate the lives of those they love as well as have a place where those bereaved can be guided through their grief to reach a healthy grief recovery.”

Micayla Freehan, BS, RN

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Alumni Board Member, Actively Moving Forward (AMF)


Micayla is in her second year of school at the MGH Institute of Health Professions studying to be a pediatric nurse practitioner. She received her B.S. in Health Sciences from Boston University in 2017 and will graduate from the MGH IHP with her BSN and MSN in May 2020. Micayla currently works as a registered nurse at a pediatric primary care office, and is also the co-chair of the AMF Alumni Board. Micayla was an active member of Boston University’s chapter of AMF, and was instrumental and getting BU to implement a bereavement policy for students who are grieving. In her spare time, Micayla enjoys volunteering at Boston Children’s Hospital. 

Presenter Disclosure Statement:

This program has not received commercial support.The planners of this educational activity have no conflict of interest to declare. The speakers have no conflict of interest to declare unless otherwise indicated prior to their presentations.

Continuing Education Information:

Northeastern University School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurse Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.ANCC Logo Jing

MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education  Provider Number 2019U0003. 


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