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At a Loss: How to Talk to a Grieving Friend

November 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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About This Event

When someone you care about is grieving, you may have no idea what to say or do. What if I say the wrong thing? What if my words ring hollow? What can I do to help them? What can I say besides “I’m sorry?”
In this session, local mortician Angela Woosley will walk you through simple ways you can show your love and support, listen, validate their feelings, and offer tangible help to your grieving friends. From simple ideas about what to say—and what not to say—to deeper ways to practice empathy in your daily life, this session will give you the words and courage to reach out to a friend who’s hurting.

About Your Instructor

Angela Woosley, M.A. is a MN-licensed mortician and founder of Inspired Journeys LLC, the Midwest’s first woman-owned and client-centered natural deathcare provider, which offers a full spectrum of funeral services that focus on inviting families into the profound moments at the end of life. She also provides celebrant services, end-of-life doula work, and natural disposition facilitation.

Angela taught for over ten years in the Program of Mortuary Science at UMN, developing one of the first hands-on, writing-intensive funeral arrangements courses in American funeral education. Currently, she serves as president of the board of directors for the National Home Funeral Alliance. She lives in St. Paul with her spouse, two mouthy cats, a rescue terrier, and rotating piles of laundry.

Virtual Experience

This event is hosted over Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to the email provided shortly after registration, and again 2 days ahead of the event. If you did not receive a link, please check your spam or promotions folder. If you still didn’t receive a link, please email and we will send one to you.

Questions? Call the Lakewood events line at 612-540-5165 or email

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