Assessing Grief and Loss in the Mental Health and Addictions Community

Published by Ohio Funeral Directors Association


Losing a loved one is always hard, especially when that loss was the result of an overdose. Grieving that type of loss brings up complicated emotions and feelings of shame, blame, isolation, fear and guilt. Add to that the stigma associated with drugs and overdoses, and it becomes increasingly hard to find support from friends, the community, and even our own families.

Participants will be able to distinguish grief from mourning, and what makes each person's grief unique. Participants will understand how an accidental overdose death affects bereaved family members and will be able to help them navigate the funeral and memorial process. The opioid crisis is at an all time high, especially in Ohio, who leads the nation in opioid deaths. Understanding what these bereaved families are going through will help funeral directors have a more compassionate approach to funeral planning and supporting families.

Julia Ellifritt, LISW-S
Julia has extensive experience in the fields of hospice and bereavement care. Licensed by the State of Ohio as an Independent Social Worker, Julia’s experience includes caring for the terminally ill and their families, bereavement care services, community education, traumatic death interventions, research, graduate student supervision, volunteer programs coordination and development of psychosocial components for hospice programs. Julia is a skilled practitioner in counseling and program...More

Originally Published

August 30, 2018

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Assessing Grief and Loss in the Mental Health and Addictions Community - Video
  • Assessing Grief and Loss in the Mental Health and Addictions Community - Handout
  • Grief and Loss Additional Material

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


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