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Grief in the time of COVID-19: Lessons for social work
June 18, 2020 @ 10:30 am
Grief is a normal and natural response in this time. Grief is a response to loss that affects our physical, emotional, behavioural, social, financial, and spiritual lives. It does not only occur in response to death; any loss can cause us to grieve. So much is being lost in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Grief literacy provides a way forward. Grief literacy calls on all of us to be better acquainted with grief so that we can support ourselves and one another. This webinar addresses what social workers can do in the time of COVID-19 to be more grief literate. With greater grief literacy, we can all support ourselves and one another better, now and in the future.
Webinar Key Objectives:
- Review current theory about grief and loss
- Discuss how grief is occurring in the pandemic
- Define grief literacy
- Consider implications for social work practice
Susan Cadell, MSW, PhD, RSW
Susan Cadell is a social work researcher and Professor in the School of Social Work at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo, in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Susan’s research concerns death, dying and bereavement, particularly positive outcomes of caregiving and grief. Susan’s most recent projects concern the public health model of bereavement support, grief after Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), and tattoos that disrupt, celebrate or memorialize.