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Complimentary Live Webinar Tomorrow

Disenfranchised Grief and COVID-19

April 29 | Noon–1:30 pm ET

1.5 Complimentary CEs Available

Disenfranchised grief refers to losses that are not publicly acknowledged, socially supported, and openly mourned. In the COVID-19 pandemic such losses are myriad—complicating grief. In this webinar we review the unique aspects of the pandemic that contribute to disenfranchising grief both before and after death. We also offer interventive strategies that can assist disenfranchised grievers as they cope with dying, death, and grief.


· Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Senior Bereavement Consultant, HFA
· Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT, Director of the Bereavement Services Department, Calvary Hospital, New York City

Learning Objectives

1. Define disenfranchised grief, indicating the ways that such grief may be experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;
2. Describe the many losses that might be experienced as a result of the current pandemic;
3. Discuss factors that may disenfranchise both COVID-19 deaths as well as deaths from other factors;
4. Indicate ways that current restrictions on gatherings and travel may engender disenfranchised grief, as families may not be able to be together at the end of life;
5. Discuss alternative ways to offer bereavement support in view of the constraints posed by the COVID-19 pandemic;
6. Discuss the needs and strategies to provide bereavement care to professionals within organizations such as hospitals, hospices, and palliative care units who are caring for the ill and bereaved.

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Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, is Senior Bereavement Consultant to HFA and recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling. He serves as editor of HFA’s Living with Grief® book series and its Journeys bereavement
newsletter. He is a prolific author, editor, and lecturer; past president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC); and a member and past chair of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement (IWG). In 2018, the IWG presented Doka with the Herman Feifel Award for outstanding achievement in thanatology. He received an award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education from ADEC in 1998. Doka is an ordained Lutheran minister and a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York.

Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT, is Director of the Bereavement Services Department at Calvary Hospital. She is responsible for 32 bereavement support groups in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan that serve hundreds of adults, children and teenagers each year; leads a team of 7 bereavement counselors, and spearheads Calvary’s efforts to expand the Hospital’s professional learning programs in the New York area. Prior to Calvary, Ms. Georgopoulos worked in the mental health profession in other settings including The American Red Cross of Greater New York as a Caseworker after 9/11. In addition to her work in bereavement, Ms. Georgopoulos is a licensed mental health counselor with a private practice in NYC and provides counseling for diverse populations of people with varying difficulties.

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