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  • M. Katherine Shear, MD. Marion E. Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Center for Complicated Grief (Bio)
  • Nicole Alston, MSW, Associate for the Center for Complicated Grief (Bio)
  • Johnnie Green, DMin, Senior Pastor Mount Neboh Baptist Church – Harlem (Bio)


As of May 4, over 68,000 people have died in the United States from COVID-19. The death rate for Black Americans is 2.7 times higher than the rate for Whites leaving a catastrophic number of Black Americans grieving their loss. Covid deaths are especially difficult for everyone, but racism and the disparities it engenders further magnify the untoward outcomes of these losses.

This webinar will provide a HEALING milestones model for psychoeducation on grief and adaptation to loss. We’ll moderate a discussion of the challenges of having a loved one die during the COVID-19 pandemic and how we might meet them. The focus of the webinar will be on the lived experience of grief in the African American community as told by Dr. Green, the distinguished Senior Pastor of Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem and the impact of racial inequalities. We will also discuss the likelihood of elevated rates of prolonged grief and strategies that might help mitigate this.


By attending this session attendees will be able to

  • Use the HEALING milestones model to inform grief psychoeducation with a client
  • Describe the impact of COVID-19 on the grief experience of the African American community