Speaking and Workshops


Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you and others in your community knew how to effectively help those who mourn? Wouldn’t it be a blessing of hope and healing if you could confidently assist others through their losses? Too many people, wondering what to say or do, feel inadequate to truly come alongside and comfort the grieving. What I bring to your workplace, church or community setting is a deep Bible based foundation for becoming skillful comforters with the compassion we need to carry out the mission of Jesus to “Comfort her, comfort her, my people.”

Raising our awareness about bereavement is of top concern for me as I encounter our modern culture that is unable to model and support healthy grieving.  As a classroom teacher for nearly 20 years I engaged my high school or elementary students with a fun and meaningful learning environment. Therefore, when I facilitate a Comfort for the Day Workshop, it includes small group work, discussions, and goal planning both for the group as well as individuals.  And yes, we have fun.

I am available to speak on the topic of grieving and healing from loss in either seminar format or stand alone presentations.  My focus is to raise awareness of the grieving experience and to assist the audience with skills for becoming healthy grievers and renowned comforters.  In a world that is bent on pain and death, individuals who will come along side the hurting are like a warm blanket on a chilly, dark night.

Attendee Reactions to CFD Workshops

“I have never attended anything like this.  I found it very helpful.”  Missoula MT

“Great workshop! The most useful part was the exercise where we built a care plan for a loss.”  Yakima WA

“If you want to help a grieving friend, but aren’t quite sure how, this workshop is the place to be.” Carmichael CA

“Thank you, Karen, for a creative and safe learning environment.” Weott CA

“This was awesome.  I was helped by learning what really helps a bereaved family.  It is all about them and my part is to become a good listener.”  ACS Retreat at Leoni Meadows, Grizzly Flat California

“I came away with ideas to formulate a team to help the grieving.”  Fargo ND

“Everyone can gain something from attending a CFD workshop.” Helena MT

Worship Messages

In addition to facilitating workshops, I also include the morning worship message in a Comfort for the Day Weekend.  The sermons I present help prepare the congregation for personal application as well as encouragement to continue reaching out to others in their suffering. My style includes captivating stories, personal experiences, relevant Scripture and audience interaction.


Troy Haagenson ~ Senior Pastor at the Cloverdale SDA Church, Boise Idaho:  pastortroy@cloverdale.org

Merlin Knowles ~ President at Montana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Bozeman Montana:   Merlin.Knowles@mc.npuc.org


Business Settings

The market place is often the part of our lives that ignorantly handles the pain of a customer’s, client’s or employee’s grief.  When tragedy strikes your company, I am available to present a tailor made workshop for your staff.  However, I would rather come preemptively so that your staff will be prepared BEFORE the need arises. A ready company, never has to get ready.  Experts inform us that companies who practice compassionate care for both clientele and staff rank higher in service, satisfaction and thus improve the  financial strength of your business.

Questions to Ask

  • Do I know what my employee needs at their hour of grief?
  • Am I able to provide what they need?
  • Do I understand what my client or customer needs from me during their season of bereavement?
  • Am I skilled to provide that for them?
  • How could my team/staff be better prepared to help each other through a loss?

If you understand that your leadership in this area will create trust and support for those you are responsible for, then contact me to arrange for a workshop or seminar.


Fred Cornforth,  CEO at CDI Group of Companies,  (208) 459-8522

2017 Speaking Schedule

February 4 & 5  Cloverdale SDA Church, Boise Idaho

February 10 & 11  Ukiah SDA Church, Ukiah CA

February 17 & 18 Paradise SDA Church, Paradise CA

July  Camp Agape Children’s Bereavement Camp TX

August 1 – 4  Lake Tahoe SDA Camp Meeting, Lake Tahoe CA