PROFS PRESENT ... Grief: Let's talk about it

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 12:10 pm - 12:10 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

In this regular series, University of Waterloo Professors present their research in medically relevant areas to practicing clinicians from Grand River Hospital

About this Event

The January 2021 session hosts Professor Susan Cadell and her work on Grief.

COVID-19 has brought an unparalleled awareness of grief. Grief literacy aims to improve how people can understand grief and support one another in it. The concept is embedded in a public health commitment to understanding and addressing the loneliness and isolation caused by grief. The goal of grief literacy is to empower individuals, networks and communities to support the bereaved among us with everyday acts of kindness and compassion. For greater grief literacy, change needs to occur at all levels. While certainly, some bereaved people need professional support, for many a salient social response is community-based acknowledgment and validation.

Susan Cadell, PhD, RSW (she/her) is a social work researcher and Professor in the School of Social Work at Renison University College at UWaterloo. 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.

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