Bereavement and Bad Theology:  A Toxic Cocktail

Thursday, May 13, 7:00 p.m. CDT

 bereavement and bad theology with terri daniel 5 13 21In many religious traditions, God is believed to be responsive to the needs of believers, and in difficult times, believers turn to their religious beliefs for comfort, security, and guidance. When God is viewed as a protective parental figure who can shield us from harm if we are pious or devoted enough, what happens to faith – and healing – when this form of god  fails to provide that protection? How can we help friends and family who experience cognitive dissonance when their religious beliefs – whether inherited or chosen – do not match up with their lived experience?

This presentation examines the ways in which religious beliefs can be more harmful than helpful for traumatized or bereaved individuals. We will explore therapeutic tools and healing practices for helping someone in spiritual crisis to consider new cosmologies and new images of God that are more supportive and inclusive than those found in traditional religious structures.

terri danielDr. Terri Daniel, CT, CCTP, is a hospice and hospital-trained clinical chaplain (interfaith). She is certified in death, dying, and bereavement by the Association of Death Education and Counseling, and in trauma support by the International Association of Trauma Professionals. The focus of her work is to assist dying and grieving individuals to discover a more spiritually-spacious understanding of death, grief, and beyond. Terri’s work is acclaimed by physicians, hospice workers, grief counselors, and clergy for its pinpoint clarity on the process of dying and grieving. She is the founder of the Conference on Death and Afterlife Studies, and the Ask Doctor Death podcast. Terri has a BA in Religious Studies from Marylhurst University, an MA in Pastoral Care from Fordham University, and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. To learn more, visit 

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