Parkinson Canada – 2021 Virtual Webinar Series

Understanding Loss and Building a Compassionate Response
Tools for the carepartner





Wednesday,  May 26, 2021 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT (1 hour duration)

In this session we will aim to normalize the emotional side of caregiving through the lens of better understanding of the multiple losses one can experiencing upon a caregiving journey. This will include a look at the experience of anticipatory loss and the everyday losses caregivers face and how the current pandemic has complicated our grief response.

Many of us are currently in autopilot mode, the aim of the session will be to introduce the concept of self-compassion for caregivers experiencing loss. A simple strategy that can take less than 2 minutes a day will be introduced to help caregivers acknowledge and validate their own feelings.

We hope in this difficult time, it will offer a new tool for your caregiving kit and help caregivers build a compassionate response to self that has been shown to build new neural pathways when responding to emotional pain and can help to release calming and soothing chemicals in our brains.



Shauna Thaler Adeland

Shauna Thaler Adeland is a Registered Social Worker with over 17 years of clinical experience in a wide range of settings. She is also a passionate teacher and has taught at the Algonquin School of Part Time Studies in the Dementia Studies Certificate Program and at Carleton University in the School of Social Work. Currently she works part time, as a Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant at Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa (GPCSO) and has a part time private practice.

Shauna has a BSW from King’s College where she was first introduced to the concepts of Thanatology (the study of death and dying). She went on to pursue her MSW at McGill with a special focus on grief and loss counseling. Shauna thought her career would focus on children and teenagers until an experience navigating the healthcare system and caring for a grandparent living with dementia changed the course of her career path.



This webinar will be conducted in English only.


If you have any questions please call Ginette Trottier 1-800-565-3000 ext 3422, or email at: ginette.trottier@parkinson.ca

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