Webinar: Reimagining and Tapping into the Power of Ritual

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Live Webinar
Registration Close Date: April 16, 2024

The word "ritual" is likely associated with many thoughts and images for us. Perhaps most common would be the formalized public and community opportunities to honor life transitions, including death losses. Funerals and memorial services are generally quite helpful and yet we are not limited to these types of rituals as we navigate the layers of loss we face following the deaths of our loved ones. Just as our grief and mourning are unique to each of us—so is our need for personalized, creative, and meaningful rituals. Topics will include definitions, benefits, functions, important structure/elements, and the vast flexibility of rituals.

This webinar is presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®.




Heather Servaty-Seib

Heather Servaty-Seib, PhD, HSPP

Dr. Servaty-Seib is a licensed psychologist and Professor in the Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology. She is currently serving as Senior Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Purdue University. Prior positions held at Purdue include Associate Dean of Student Life in the Honors College and Associate Head of the Department of Educational Studies. She is well published in the areas of young adult bereavement and suicide, social support and grief, and the use of loss as a broad model for conceptualizing significant life events. She and her grief and loss research team have developed a measure, the Perceived Impact of Life Event Scale (PILES), which uses a gain/loss framework (i.e., all life events involve both gains and losses; Servaty-Seib, 2014) to assess the multidimensional impact of single life events. She was co-principal investigator of ALIVE @ Purdue — a three-year, campus suicide prevention grant funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. Much of her recent scholarship has been focused in the area of college student bereavement including a co-edited volume (published by Jossey-Bass) entitled Assisting Bereaved College Students and an edited volume of narratives by grieving college students entitled We Get It. Her scholarship has been used to support the development of college student grief absence policies at Purdue and other U.S. institutions. Dr. Servaty-Seib serves on the editorial boards of four death-related academic journals. She is a past president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and received the ADEC 2013 Death Educator Award. She was recently selected to serve as the lead co-editor of the next edition of the Handbook of Thanatology, to be published by ADEC in 2021.


About the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®

The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is positioned to be the national and worldwide leader in training and education for bereavement professionals, bereaved individuals, and grieving military, veteran and civilian families. The Institute serves as a resource and training center, providing a hub for high-quality collaboration among professionals working in the field of grief and loss.

The Institute is where practical information on coping with loss are accessible for all who seek current strategies, the most effective tools, and best practices for supporting those who are grieving and those who serve the grieving. 

The Institute provides workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and more to educate caregivers, mental health professionals, clergy, funeral directors, casualty officers, the bereaved themselves, and so many others on the best ways to travel the grief journey.

TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is located at TAPS Headquarters, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Third Floor, Arlington, VA 22201

Email us at Institute@taps.org or give us a call at 800-959-8277 (TAPS) with any questions.