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Learning to “grieve gracefully” is a life-changing concept for church leaders experiencing personal grief or shepherding others through the grieving process. During this one-day conference from United’s Pohly Leadership Center, guest speaker Kristi Smith will present DREAM, a collection of practices for processing the pain of grief. DREAM is for anyone facing the suffering and longing of grief — whether from death, divorce, job loss, deteriorating health or unfulfilled desires. Developed out of Kristi’s personal experience of loss, DREAM focuses on 5 keys that empower individuals to embrace the 5 stages of grief and move from hurting to healing.


Date: October 10, 2020

Time: 9 a.m.–12 p.m. ET

Online Webinar

Pohly Leadership Center

General: $12
Students & Alumni/ae: $10

Group discounts available — contact Rosario Picardo for details.

For more information contact Rosario Picardo, Director of the Pohly Center, at 859.321.9076 or


Featured Speaker

Kristi Smith is a dreamer. Her dream is to reach into the hearts and souls of people by Speaking Life, Cultivating Courage, Sparking Laughter, and Awakening Dreams.

Kristi is the #1 Bestselling author of DREAM…a guide to grieving gracefully. DREAM is an acronym for 5 keys to unlock the grip of grief. DREAM pairs each of the 5 stages of grief with an exact key to unlock that stage. DREAM is about more than mere survival – it is a new way of living. DREAM empowers grievers to propel their lives forward with dignity, strength, and grace. DREAM is not about the trauma and tragedy of her story. It is about hope and how to infuse energy and victory into your story.

On October 4, 2011, Kristi became a widow when her husband died suddenly at the age of 48. This new season of life as a widow has placed her in a unique position to infuse others with renewed hope. A degree in Psychology combined with 30+ years of ministry experience provides Kristi with a solid knowledge of how the mind, body, and spirit work together. It is this spiritual perspective that transcends the traditional view of grief.

Kristi is most alive when using the creative gifts God has given her. Kristi thrives when speaking in a variety of settings including churches, retreats, recovery centers, support groups, workshops, and youth camps. Kristi has served as a leader in women’s and singles ministries, as a youth pastor, on a praise and worship team, and as a pastoral care director. She currently serves as Care Director of Christ United Methodist Church in Kettering, OH.

In addition to DREAM, Kristi shares her heart through blog posts and is co-authoring a book about experiencing the loss of a spouse. She is also excitedly working on a new book.

Kristi’s greatest joy is being the mother to her two beautiful adult daughters, Abbi and Faith.

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