Memory work: Telling and listening to Stories of the Heart
Spiritual and pastoral work in loss, dying, death and bereavement

Pretoria October 7-9
Cape Town September 5 – 7

Cost:  R1200

Registration:  For more information and registration contact June Kriel 012-3299492 / 0123294420 / email:

Banking details: HospiVision, ABSA, Ben Swart Street, Acc. Nr.  4050423436, Branch code 632005. Use HV & Surname as reference.  Please email proof of payment to

Please note:

  • 15 CPD points for pastors/ministers.
  • 6 CPD points for SACSSP (social work)
  • 10 CPD points for CPSC
  • A University of Pretoria certificate is issued on completion of practical work and assignment

Purpose:  To train carers (professional and lay) to provide compassionate emotional and spiritual care and counselling for people living with HIV & AIDS and terminal illness and their families, as well as other people experiencing loss, dying and death.  In this creative course, counsellors, pastors and caregivers will increase their own understanding of loss, death and dying.  A model for creating a memory book is presented. 

Understanding loss, dying, death and bereavement

  • Understand the impact of dying and death
  • Loss and the bereavement process

Life maps and memory work

  • The use of life maps and memory work in counselling and spiritual care.
  • Creative techniques in care and counselling.
  • The theoretical foundations of memory work
  • The life map technique as a structure for life stories and memory work
  • Memories, legacies and roots
  • Loss: companionship, care and comfort
  • Practical components for a memory work programme
  • Minister effectively to the dying and the bereaved.