Due to the crisis of COVID-19 Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities are experiencing death at disproportionate rates, both as patients and as front-line health care workers. This reality, compounded by the fact that grief has been a steady companion for BIPOC communities for generations (White-Cummings, October 23, 2016), calls for an intentional response and action. Hospice of the Piedmont’s Center for Grief and Healing has partnered in collaboration with Operation Social Equality and The Arrow Project to provide a supportive and safe forum for exploring grief and healing, offering a Beloved Community Bereavement series.
In May 2021, this free two-day virtual training conference will be presented to area community leaders – teachers, pastors, medical professionals, mental health professionals, coaches, community organizers, and anyone who would like to learn more about providing grief support. We will provide training on the basics of grief support and intervention, information and resources about COVID-19, will address bereavement in the context of healing and reconciliation, and will explore transforming grief into advocacy.
Trainings and services provided by Hospice of the Piedmont’s Center for Grief and Healing are provided free of charge, to anyone in the community – thanks to private support. If you are interested in participating in this free virtual training conference or learning more about Hospice of the Piedmont’s Center for Grief and Healing, please call 434-817-6915.