Living with Grief Since COVID-19 Self Study

The coronavirus pandemic contributed to an unprecedented level of loss since March 2020. Non-death losses as well as deaths both due to and unrelated to COVID-19 have shattered the assumptive world, the view that the world is reasonably safe, benevolent, and predictable, and have created a sense of collective trauma and grief. As of mid-January 2021 over 400,000 people had died in the U.S. due to COVID-19 (CDC) and the number continues to rise. A recent study has found that approximately nine people are impacted by a single COVID-19 death (Verdery, 2020). Combined with other causes of death (which have also increased during this period) and mounting non-death losses such as isolation, employment, routine, and sense of safety, those experiencing grief in the U.S. alone is conservatively in the millions.

Through an expert panel discussion and live and recorded interviews, Living with Grief Since COVID-19, will help professionals effectively respond to the onslaught of pandemic-related grief and bereavement needs in their communities and equip them with tools to support counseling, treatment, stabilization, and posttraumatic growth. Acknowledging that healthcare and grief professionals are coping with their own losses and the exposure to trauma related to the pandemic, this program addresses ways to empower professionals to employ self-care techniques and suggest ways that employers can help. Finally, recognition of the grief and bereavement challenges the pandemic has posed will enable professionals to better support those who need help with their grief, reflect upon and safeguard their own mental health and wellbeing, and identify opportunities for improvement in grief support.

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  • Ken Doka, PhD, MDiv, Senior VP of Grief Programs for HFA and recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling Read more
  • Katherine Supiano, PhD, LCSW, F-GSA, FT, APHSW-C, is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, and the director of Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program at the University of Utah College of Nursing Read more
  • Rev. Beverly Wallace, MDiv, PhD, associate professor of Congregational and Community Care at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. marriage and family therapist; co-author, African American Grief Read more
  • Moderator: Frank Sesno, George Washington University Read more

On demand for one year after purchase

Length:  120 minutes
CE Hours:  2.5 CEs available for a variety of boards
CE Fees:  Included with registration

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Upon purchase, program materials can be accessed through your HFA account by clicking on the Orders/Courses tab. Continuing education instructions are provided at the end of the program.  

Step 1 - Register/purchase the course
Step 2 - View the course online through the link in your confirmation email or in your account.
Step 3 - Read the pdf chapters provided
Step 4 - Follow the instructions provided to receive your CE certificate. An evaluation and a short exam are a part of this process.

One CE certificate is included with a self-study registration. Multi-viewer sites can pre-pay for additional CEs by selecting a CE add-on option when registering below.

Program registrants receive 15% discount on book purchases. Members receive additional 15% member discount. 

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Words from our viewers

Frank Sesno was a FANTASTIC moderator. I enjoyed him just as much as the presenters. He had an amazing command of the topic and kept things on task and moving. Wow!

I learned a good many things from this seminar and will use them in my work as a bereavement coordinator

This was an excellent conference.  The technology was great, the speakers were engaging, the facilitator did a great job.

Thank you for continuing to provide current and relevant information to mental health professionals as we navigate our way through the pandemic!

Thank you to everyone involved in presenting this material! The program was informative and meaningful!

The moderator was skilled, insightful, fair and had awesome questions. He connected the dots. Great Job!!!

This program was excellent. LWG programs are so high quality, so engaging, so relevant. It was a privilege to watch.

This training was excellent, thorough and timely. The blending of research, intervention strategies and lived experiences was very powerful and helpful.
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