When practitioners attend intensive training, they most often do so in Redlands, California. Trainings take place over a three or five day period depending on the specific outline of the training program. People who have an interest in death, dying and grief, come from all over the world to learn a narrative approach that supports innovative, life-affirming conversations.


While training might focus on some different aspects to professional practice, there remains some similarities. Participants are introduced to narrative concepts and "re-membering practices", which is a particular model of therapeutic conversation developed by Lorraine Hedtke. During the training notions like the belief that people need to "say good-bye" prior to dying in order to die well or grieve well will be analyzed and discussed. Prescriptive notions like the need to "say good-bye", rest within a conventional approach to death and grief that supports ideas of "closure" and "moving on". Training enables participants to examine if and when this step is helpful or if a new approach is needed.


Participants come away with an ability to distinguish between conventional bereavement conversations and narratively informed conversations. These distinct pathways construct dramatically differing conversations with people who are dying and people who are grieving. At the foundation of intensive training is building a strong theoretical platform that propels forward the art of remembering questions which celebrates story, narrative and a relational approach to find ways through the most challenging of times. Narrative conversations about death and grief are less about the passive suffering of loss and more about growing invigorating identity stories amid the ongoing transitions that death brings. Participants in the training also often come away with a sense or liveliness and are provided with a new way to think about death and grief, professionally and personally.


In addition to understanding the way in which theory positions practitioners and clients, the intensive trainings focus on practice development. Participants will practice the construction of re-membering conversation, on a daily basis, to achieve familiarity with important aspects to select for effective conversations with dying persons and bereaved people.

Who Should Attend Training Sessions with Lorraine


Many people from varying professional backgrounds find benefit in training with Lorraine. As professionals need to be prepared to address issues of death and grief, the training can be supportive for counselors, psychologists, nurses, physicians, hospice and palliative care workers, funeral celebrants, social workers, ministers, students, and those interested in new ideas about death, dying and bereavement.

Attending a training at The Fabula Center provides a new approach and theory to common practices. Participants have also found trainings to be helpful in offering a new perspective and easy to apply to existing practices.