Grief and Transition

Grief is a reality that has touched upon all of our lives since the start of the pandemic. It has companioned in new challenges for some and amplified challenges and inequities for others. In this video, Trauma-informed Support Specialist Sandra J. Valdes-Lopez invites gathering at what Nicholas Wolterstorff called the “mourning bench,” a site to witness the impact of grief and loss in our lives, to honor truths spoken through our pain, to consider connecting to the extraordinary resiliency and wisdom of our bodies, and to perhaps encounter each other in our vulnerability.

Resource Guide on Grief:

This Guide, curated by Camille B. Wortman, an expert on grief and a professor emeritus of psychology at Stony Brook University in New York, surveys 80 websites pertaining to grief during the pandemic. The guide covers a variety of topics including, how to process feelings of guilt or lack of closure; how to explain death to a child; and how to help those who are mourning.

PBS Documentary: Speaking Grief

Non-Fiction Books on Grief and Loss:

  1. “It’s Okay that You’re Not Okay” by Megan Devine
  2. “Permission to Grieve” by Shelby Forsynthia
  3. (For Friends & Family Members of Grievers): “I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships” by Michael S. Sorensen