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Free online classes, tips and Q&A: Taking control of your health as you age
Wednesday, May 24th, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM Book here.
Wednesday, June 21st, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM Book here.
Presentation, Tips and Q & A with Carola Stepper, RN, Hospice and Palliative Care nurse.
Free online and in person in White Salmon, WA classes: Grieving? Learn more about Grief Recovery
Online: Tuesday, May 16th, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM Book here.
Online: Wednesday, June 14th, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM Book here.
In person: Thur, July 6th, 2023, 6 PM – 7 PM 
White Salmon Valley Community Library 
 Sprint/Baker Gallery Room
77 NE Wauna Ave, White Salmon, WA 98672
This is a Grief Recovery Method ® basic educational program. You will learn helpful tools and also myths about grief. It is based on The Grief Recovery Handbook, which has been translated into more than 20 languages. The Grief Recovery Handbook and the classes offered by Grief Recovery Method Specialists have helped countless grievers for over 40 years in 6 out of 7 continents.  It is the only evidence based method available to grievers. Carola Stepper, RN, CHPN, LAc is an Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist who offers One on One as well as Group (3-8 people) classes online for grievers as well as specific Groups for Pet Loss and helping adults to Help Children with Loss. Learn more here.
Free online classes: 20 Myths about End of Life Topics
Online: Wednesday, May 10th, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM Book here.
Online: Mon, June 5th, 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM Book here.
Many people prefer not to talk about these topics – until there is a situation when they need to learn more.  Often they have questions or they may not know which questions to ask. Learn more, before this situation happens. Carola Stepper, RN, CHPN, LAc is a former hospice nurse and considers herself a holistic end of life guide.
Free online classes: AdvanceDirective: It’s About the Conversation!
Wednesday, May 31st, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM Book here.
Wednesday, June 28th, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM Book here.
Learn more about this necessary but difficult and also confusing topic. Sign up with your healthcare agent, so you can learn together. Carola Stepper, RN, CHPN, LAc is a Respecting Choices® certified Advance Care Planning Facilitator (Advanced Steps) and offers Advance Directive Facilitation Services. Learn more here.
Free, monthly in person event: "Let's Talk about End of Life and Death" in Hood River, 3rd Thursday
These conversations focus on talking about end of life (=EOL) and death. The goals are:
  • To destigmatize talking about these inevitable topics.
  • To spark curiosity and connection, to become more death literate.
  • To use the cards of “The Death Deck” ( or “The EOL Deck” to inspire reflection and conversation.
  • To learn more about local Gorge and general resources.
  • To meet new people and have an interesting and fun evening.
When: Third Thursdays
Summer Series: June 15th, July 20th, August 17th,
7 PM- 8:30 PM
Where: Crush Cider Café, ( 1020 Wasco St, Hood River, OR 97031, meeting room, enter from the West side of the building in the back.
7:00  PM – 7:15 PM Arrive, mingle, order food and drink.
7:15 PM – 8:15 PM Brief introductions, end of life and death themed conversations, organizer or participants may suggest topics.
8:15 PM – 8:30 PM Reflections, closure.
What these events are not:
  • A bereavement support or grief counseling group
  • A caregiver or illness specific support group
  • An official Death Cafe or Death over Dinner event
  • A lecture series or a business networking event 
Online Grief Recovery Method Classes for: 1. Adults, 2. Adults to learn tools to help children with loss, 3. Pet loss groups
Carola Stepper, RN, CHPN, LAc is an Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist certified by the Grief Recovery Institute and offers offers multiple Grief Recovery Method online group classes:
All Grief Recovery Method online classes:
  • Are taught via HIPAA compliant Zoom to groups of 3-8 adults.
  • Grief Recovery One on One classes are available as well (7 weekly classes, 1 hour each) and can start anytime
  • Are available in Person Formats as well in the Columbia River Gorge, please inquire.
  • All participants agree to confidentiality, each class.
  • Are based on the Grief Recovery Method, which is an evidence-based, action-oriented grief program that helps people move through the pain of loss. 
  • The book is included in the class fee.
  • 15 % off on all online classes in May 2023, just ask!
All participants will have a free phone call with Carola Stepper prior to starting the class. Please call her directly or book a discovery call here.
All Group classes are also available as One on One Classes. 
View cost and current class schedule for Group Classes here.
Grief Recovery Method Group, 8 weekly classes 
Based on “The Grief Recovery Handbook – The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce and other Losses, including Health, Career, and Faith” by John W. James and Russell Friedman.
Helping Children with Loss Group, 4 weekly Classes for Adults to help Children deal with Losses
Based on the book “When Children Grieve – For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving and Other Losses” by John W. James and Russel Friedman with Dr Leslie Landon Matthews.
This program is designed to teach parents, and others who work with children, the necessary tools to help children effectively deal with their broken hearts, no matter the loss they are facing.
Pet loss Group, 6 weekly classes
Based on the “Grief Recovery Book for Pet Loss” by Russell Friedman, Cole James, and John W. James 
This program is focused on offering pet owners an effective mechanism for taking action to move through and beyond their grief.


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