Nancee Sobonya, MA

California, U.S.A.

Nancee Sobonya

Nancee (Director/Producer) is a filmmaker and has been the Bereavement Outreach Coordinator at Pathways Hospice for the past 17 years. She is a Grief Counselor/Educator and teaches at the graduate level at Starr King School of Ministry. She is also a minister of the Ridhwan School of Spiritual Development. Nancee has been working in the field of death and bereavement for 20 years. For the past 4 years, she has studied film at FAF in S.F. She has completed The Gifts of Grief, an independent educational documentary and is currently producing and directing two videos; Restore Our Joy for the Rosevelt Fund for Creative Expression at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco and An Introduction to the Diamond Approach for the Ridhwan Foundation in Berkeley.

Education / Credentials:
BA: University of California, Santa Barbara, Goleta, CA 1982 Liberal Studies: Psychology, Sociology and Religious Studies

MA: John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, CA 1988
Transpersonal Counseling Psychology

1989 - 2005: Pathways Home Health & Hospice: Bereavement Coordinator

  • Assessment of bereavement needs of the surviving family and friends of deceased Hospice patients.
  • Provides support through groups and individual
grief counseling.
  • Program development, training and consultation.

1996 - 1999: Pathways Home Health & Hospice: Bereavement Educator

  • Outreach and development of offsite grief support groups in various geographic locations, includes: Family grief groups, Caregiver's group, etc.
  • Individual grief counseling, training and consultation.

1999 - Present: Starr King School of Ministry Graduate Program: Adjunct Faculty

  • Teaching graduate students current perspectives on spiritual, emotional and practical support for the dying and grieving and appropriate interventions
and counseling skills.

1990 - 1997: John F. Kennedy University Graduate School of Clinical Psychology: Adjunct Faculty
  • Teaching graduate students in Grief Therapy Program - bereavement theories, modalities and techniques of grief counseling.

1986 - 1994: East Bay Center of Attitudinal Healing: Group Facilitator

  • Facilitation of groups with people who have severe, chronic or terminal health issues, caregivers and people in grief.
  • Development of Teen Suppor for adolescent facing illness, death or grief.

1985 - 1990: Namaste: Grief Counselor and Coordonator

  • Provided individual support for people facing illness, death and grief.
  • Assisted in training intensives; teaching, facilitating exercises,
  • evaluated volunteers and training program, as well as administrative and programmatic coordination.

The Gifts of Grief

The Gifts of Grief can be used as a teaching tool to identify the physical, emotional and spiritual affects of grief, the resources that help us through our losses and discover for ourselves the extraordinary opportunities our own losses may reveal.

It is a compelling documentary that explores how seven remarkable people embrace their pain, learn to live with their loss and now engage in life with more compassion, courage and awareness. We discover the possibility that grief while very painful, is one of the closely guarded keys to true transformation and joy.

The personal and moving stories include those of author, Isabel Allende; Reverend Cecil Williams; Zen Monk /Vietnam Veteran, Claude AnShin Thomas; filmmaker, Lee Mun Wah, celebrate and inspire healing and transformation. The film invites us to open to pain, learn from loss, and reminds us of the preciousness of life.

Workshops, Presentations and Educational Seminars:
CAMFT Annual Conference in Palm Springs CA, May 2006 "The Gifts of Grief"

World Gathering on Bereavement in Vancouver Canada, August 2005 "The Gifts of Grief"

Access Conference NHPCO in St. Louis MO, August 2005 "The Many Faces of Grief"

7th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society in London, UK, July 2005 "The Gifts of Grief"

Starr King School of Ministry at the GTU in Berkeley, CA March 2005 "The Gifts of Grief" All Day Workshop

California Hospice Spring Conference at the Claremont in Berkeley CA, March 2005 "The Gifts of Grief"

"The Heart of the Matter" Conference for Senior Peer Counselors in Cambria CA, Oct. 2004 "The Gifts of Grief"

LIVING WITH DYING: A Symposium on End of Life Care, Grief and Loss in Santa Cruz, CA May 2004 "The Gifts of Grief"

The 4th International Conference on Long Term Care Case Management at the Crossroads Which Way to Quality in San Diego CA, December 1998 on Multiple Losses in Aging - An Experimental Education/Support Grief Workshop for Asian American Elders in an Adult Day Care Center

Children's Hospital in Oakland, Conference entitled: A Developmental Approach to HIV/AIDS: Children, Adults and Families, October 1998 on Caregiver's Support

Hong Fook Center for Oakland Chinese Community Council, Oakland CA, July 1997 - February 1998, Loss & Grief Education/Support Group and Staff Inservice Training Project

Tea Garden Herbal Emporiums in West Hollywood,CA April 1997 on Transpersonal Evolution: Developing your Center - Working Toward Presence

The 11th International Congress on the Care for the Terminally Ill in September 1996, Montreal, Canada on The Spirit of Grief

The 1996 World Gathering on Bereavement in August, Seattle on Understanding Buddhist Perspectives on Death, Grief and Bereavement Implications for Culturally Competent Support

The Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, August 1995 and January 1996 on the Paradox of Love and Loss: The Seamless Path of the Heart

The 4th Annual Conference of National Catholic Ministry 1995 to the bereaved in Billings, Montana on Grief and the Elderly

The Kasturba Medical College of Nursing in Manipal, India 1994 on Death and Dying, Grief and Loss and Psych/Social Issues of AIDS Patients

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