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Approaching Light: Caring for Our Souls Through Trauma | Webinar and Resources

All our lives have changed dramatically in the past month. Our collective wounding seems to have just begun as the pandemic spreads. How can we keep from being overwhelmed by the helplessness, grief, and even anger we feel individually and collectively? Can we?

What do we do about it? For ourselves and for others? How can we care for our souls and for those around us during this unprecedented crisis? What do we need in order to support those suffering, to be present with those experiencing grief?

We’ll explore some of the practical ways we can cope with our own grief and offer hope and help to those around us, whether in our family or our faith community. This free webinar will be useful for clergy and ministry leaders, as well as individuals exploring ways to address grief and loss for themselves and others.

Led by Chaplain Andrea M. Simmonds, MDiv, Rt. Rev. Lane Sapp, Dr. Robert Rominger, Ph.D., and Kay Windsor.

  • Andrea Simmonds is the Palliative Care Chaplain Fellow at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. She works with many people actively grieving and experiencing loss. In her unique role, Andrea meets people as they are wrestling with a variety of losses, from a death, loss of limb, loss of independence, or their own mortality as they choose to stop aggressive treatments. Hers is a ministry of presence.
  • Robert Rominger, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist serving as an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. A member of Konnoak Hills Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, Dr. Rominger helps people move from despair to hope in his clinical practice. He is active in suicide prevention advocacy and is one of the founding members of the NC Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
  • The Right Reverand Lane Sapp is the senior pastor of Calvary Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC, serving this congregation since 1996. He graduated from High Point College with a major in religion, then attended Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he received his Master of Divinity degree in 1987. Lane was ordained on June 14, 1987, at Clemmons Moravian Church, his home congregation. In 1987 he was called to be organizing pastor of Good Shepherd Moravian Church in Kernersville, NC. At the Synod of 2002 he was elected a bishop of the World-wide Moravian Unity and was consecrated at Calvary Moravian Church on July 7, 2002.
  • Kay Windsor is a member of New Philadelphia Moravian Church, a writer, a writing group leader, and a retired teacher. She leads writing through grief sessions for Trellis Supportive Care, a local hospice, and a community group, She has been writing with a group of mothers who have lost children for two decades, and published a book, Farther Along: The Writing Journey of Thirteen Bereaved Mothers in 2012. She administers a blog called Farther Along for writings and resources for those who have experienced grief.

Webinar Replay:


Collective Grief

Dealing with Loss





  • 30 Days of Comfort: a collection of sacred texts and quotes from a variety of secular and faith traditions
  • Comfort, O Comfort My People: a compilation of scripture and quotes to give ongoing comfort after the death of a loved one

Additional Resources and Helpful Numbers

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
  • The Trevor Project Hotline: 866-488-7386
  • Childhelp Hotline Aiding Victims of Child Abuse: 800-422-4453
  • Download the Insight Timer app for Yoga Nidra and other guided meditations:
  • To find a Trauma Informed therapist in your area check out or the International Association of Trauma Professionals

For more information on mental health, visit our Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak webpage.