Advancing Bereavement Support

Here are three organizations we are watching and listening to who are making advancements in bereavement support and offering real answers to overcoming the discomfort of being fully present to grief – in ourselves and in others. 

Evermore   https://live-evermore.org/
Evermore is an emerging movement of concerned citizens who believe that bereavement care in America is broken. Thanks to their efforts, a bereavement support provision has been added to the 2021 federal budget. If this newly added language moves forward, nine key agencies in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be required to report what they are doing to advance bereavement care in the United States.
 
Speaking Grief  https://speakinggrief.org/
Speaking Grief explores the transformative experience of losing a family member in a death- and grief-avoidant society. This national public media initiative includes a one-hour television documentary, a media-rich website, a social media campaign, and numerous community engagement events, all aimed at amplifying the national conversation about grief.  Good Grief partnered with WGTE Public Media and Lourdes University to present “Let’s Get Better at Grief” a screening of the documentary Speaking Grief, followed by a panel discussion.  Watch the panel discussion.
 
BECOMING GRIEF-INFORMED: A CALL TO ACTION  White Paper_Becoming Grief Informed_A Call to Action.indd (dougy.org)
This White Paper by The Dougy Center's Donna L. Schuurman, EdD, FT, and Monique B. Mitchell, Ph.D., FT asks us to examine our core beliefs regarding grief, how mental health professionals treat someone who is grieving, and proposes that society as a whole becomes grief informed based on human welfare, humanistic values, social justice, and the dignity and worth of every person