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May 9

A Midwest Event for Donor Families

Donor Family Workshop – The Ripples of Grief: Encountering Secondary Layers of Loss

LifeSource is excited to share a workshop opportunity for donor families!

Please join us on Thursday, May 9 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CST for a virtual opportunity about The Ripples of Grief: Encountering Secondary Layers of Loss.

The Ripples of Grief: Encountering Secondary Layers of Loss

Experiencing the death of a loved one begins with the tremendous loss of the presence of that person, but the loss isn’t of that person alone. Death creates ripples of other losses that quickly follow – these are sometimes called secondary losses. Some of these losses are realized right away and sometimes years later an event will reveal a new loss in relationship to your loved one’s death.

You are the expert of your grief journey and many times these secondary losses are experienced in isolation. How do I share how sad I feel during an occasion that other people find to be joyful? During this workshop, we will be exploring secondary losses, validating their relational and emotional impacts, and finding solidarity through the stories each of you bring.

Please note a link will be sent prior to the event for those who register.

About Anita Fischer, Donation Liaison

Anita Fischer has been a team member with LifeSource for two years and works in hospital development and donor family support. She has a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. John’s University and completed Clinical Pastoral Education achieving board certification in chaplaincy. Prior to working for LifeSource, Anita supported patients and families as a hospital chaplain at St. Cloud Hospital through healthcare crises, discernment, loss and grief. She has also presented on topics of grief for various events in Central Minnesota.

Looking for resources?

If you are looking for additional grief resources and support, through a partnership with What’s Your Grief, an online grief support community, various self-paced courses, activities, webinars, and podcasts can be found on our website.


If you have questions, please send an email to Donor Family Advocate Carrie Hurkes at or Donor Family Aftercare Program Administrator Susie Ausmus at