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Digging Deeper – Bereavement and Bad Theology: A Toxic Cocktail

June 1 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm PDT

Bereavement and Bad Theology: A Toxic Cocktail – with Dr. Terri Daniel

Welcome to an experiential workshop of Digging Deeper with host, Rev. Veronica Silva, from Namaste CSL.


In 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 that 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 workshop 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.

Dr. Terri Daniel is an interfaith hospice chaplain, end-of-life educator and grief counselor 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. She conducts workshops throughout the U.S. and teaches in the interreligious chaplaincy program at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Terri is also the founder of The Conference on Death, Grief and Belief, The Afterlife Conference, and the Ask Doctor Death podcast.

Over the years Terri has helped hundreds of people learn to live, die and grieve more consciously. Her work is acclaimed by hospice professionals, spiritual seekers, therapists theologians, and academics worldwide.

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 Care and Counseling from the San Francisco Theological Seminary.

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June 1
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PDTw
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Namasté Center for Spiritual Living
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