Witness to Witness: Grief in the Time of Covid-19: Loss, Connection and Hope (Session 3)
May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Grief in the Time of Covid-19: Loss, Connection and Hope (Session 3)
As the losses mount with the ongoing assaults of the Covid19 pandemic, people are feeling a range of emotions. Confusion, fear, anger, and sadness are strong as is grief. Grief usually takes shared public forms; during the pandemic, there are constraints. This online seminar presents materials about grief in general and grief in the circumstances of the pandemic. Participants will discuss the particular difficulties of managing grief in rural communities and in circumstances of isolation. We will discuss ways to support others – clients, friends, colleagues, family members — without becoming overburdened ourselves. We will learn how to avoid empathic pitfalls while offering support.
The Witness to Witness (W2W) Program serves those who are in high stress jobs working with vulnerable clients who are themselves experiencing high levels of stress. Originally designed to assist those working with asylum seekers, detainees, migrants, climate refugees and immigrants at the border, we have expanded to serve a range of providers in many parts of the country who work with vulnerable populations. Those we serve may be suffering from stress, empathic stress, moral distress and/or moral injury.