Mr. Lyndon Harris

Name
Mr. Lyndon Harris
Degree
M.Div.
Company
Presentation Title
The Journey of Bereavement: Helping Clients Transform Tragedy through the Power of Forgiveness
Content Focus Area
Individual Level
Best Practice
Biographical information related to the topic
Lyndon came kicking and screaming to the work of Forgiveness. In the summer of 2001, Harris was the priest in charge of St. Paul’s Chapel, directly across the street from the former World Trade Center. In a world-turned-upside-down on September 11, 2001, he initiated a volunteer force that rose to 15,000 people, serving meals, offering supplies and giving encouragement to the rescue workers until the site was closed eight and a half months later.

Dramatic as they were, the trials and triumphs of 9/11 were the trigger for the devastation that followed. For Harris (who registered more than 240 days’ exposure to Ground Zero) and others like him, his volunteer efforts were repaid by suffering from compromised lung function, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, leading to great loss and despair. In the darkness of despair, he found new beginnings through the power of forgiveness. Now, with a new lease on life, Lyndon has a healing message to share, with energy and passion.

Forgiveness researcher Dr. Fred Luskin (Stanford Forgiveness Project) is both mentor and colleague in this work of forgiveness, having co-founded with Harris the Gardens of Forgiveness, an educational project to teach the power of forgiveness to transform grief and tragedy, to promote health and healing, and to transform conflict in public life.

Harris has over 20 years experience as a pastor, with a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.)

Abstract
The Journey of Bereavement: Helping Clients Transform Tragedy through the Power of Forgiveness

While this workshop is intended for counsellors and EAP professionals, all are welcome to attend.

Every life must endure the sting of tragedy and loss. And when this happens, grief and bereavement emerge as companions in the journey back to healing and wholeness. Forgiveness has a significant role to play in this transition. In this workshop participants will examine the new science of forgiveness, especially the research of Stanford professor and best-selling forgiveness author Dr. Fred Luskin, and the pioneering grief work of Francis Weller, particularly his new book, The Wild Edge of Sorrow.

Objectives for the class:
1. Examine the new science of forgiveness and its importance for grief and bereavement as set forth in methodology of the the Stanford Forgiveness Project and researcher, Dr. Fred Luskin. His book Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness is an international bestseller.
2. Consider new research into grief and bereavement, especially Weller’s “five gates of grief.”
3. Explore practical steps for incorporating this research into your work

Session Description
The Journey of Bereavement: Helping Clients Transform Tragedy through the Power of Forgiveness
(While this workshop is intended for counsellors and EAP professionals, all are welcome to attend.)Every life must endure the sting of tragedy and loss. And when this happens, grief and bereavement emerge as companions in the journey back to healing and wholeness. Forgiveness has a significant role to play in this transition. In this workshop participants will examine the new science of forgiveness, especially the research of Stanford professor and best-selling forgiveness author Dr. Fred Luskin, and the pioneering grief work of Francis Weller.
Learning Objective 1
1. Examine the new science of forgiveness and its importance for grief and bereavement as set forth in methodology of the the Stanford Forgiveness Project and researcher, Dr. Fred Luskin. His book Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness is an international bestseller.
Learning Objective 2
2. Consider new research into grief and bereavement, especially Weller’s “five gates of grief.”
Learning Objective 3
3. Explore practical steps for incorporating this research into your work
Audience Level
Intermediate