CERAH Speaker Series – The Pandemic Grief Pivot: In Search of Grief Ritual Alternatives

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Tara Lewis, MSW Student & Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller, Director, CERAH

This presentation features work from an MSW student project and seeks to shed light on the ways in which we have practiced individual and collective grief in recent times, ultimately offering a useful repository of grief ritual alternatives.  

Traditional funerals elicit images of large gatherings, public mourning, shared food, memories and eulogy.  What happens when each of these is restricted and loss is at an all-time high?  The pandemic has challenged the way in which we grieve, both collectively and in private.  At a glance, we see the struggle and the isolation, but what are the ways in which gathering restrictions have gifted us with new and creative approaches to grief rituals?  A look at the role of grief and grief rituals on a micro-meso-macro level during the pandemic may provide insight into how we have been making meaning of all of the loss.

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