Good Grief! Can’t You Just Get Over It?

The Gateway Alliance for Compassionate Care at End of Life presented the Network/luncheon:

Good Grief! Can’t You Just Get Over It?

By: Beth Barrent, MSW, LCSW, CT  &
Kelly Karavousanos, LPC, CT

Goals/ Learning Objectives:

Participants gained knowledge and understanding of:

  • The essentials of grief as a continuum form diagnosis through after death,
  • Explore the three dimensions of grief,
  • Identify best practices for supporting those who are grieving.
  • yoga and meditation techniques for Veterans and those experiencing trauma and grief.

Background of Speaker:

Beth Barrett, MSW, LCSW, CT, is the Director of Field Education and an Assistant Clinical Professor for Saint Louis University’s School of Social Work. She specializes in end of life issues. Her clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults facing life threatening illness and their families. Beth has served in the following capacities: case manager for patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease); social worker and bereavement specialist for pediatric hospice and supportive care; coordinator of grief camps and retreats for children, teens and parents who have experienced the death of a child and bereavement clinician. Her focus on have experienced the death of a child and bereavement clinician. Her focus on loss and grief includes not only death and dying issues, but the effects of change and loss in all aspects of the life cycle.

Kelly Karavousanos LPC, CT is the Director of Grief Services for Baue Funeral Homes and the Center for Hope and Healing. She specializes in bereavement and trauma. She is a frequent educator to community groups on topics dealing with grief and loss.  Her clinical experience includes working with bereaved in teh individual and group settings. She frequently speaks at community events on a variety of topics related to death, grief, and loss.  Kelly has been working with the bereaved for 13 years and has focused on companionship individuals and families as they process through their grief.



Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Alexian Brothers Sherbrooke Village
4005 Ripa Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63125

The mission of the Gateway Alliance is to promote high quality end-of-life care for patients and their families.