Grief Education Speaker Series

Sponsored by Department of Sociology and Anthropology & Department of Social Work  

Cost: Free to all NMU faculty, staff, students, and the general public. 

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Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D.Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D. 

Time: February 23rd, 6pm- 7:30pm 

Title: Individual and Collective Grieving in the COVID Era and Beyond  
Listen to Dr. Doka's recorded talk here.

This presentation, The Impact of COVID-19 on Individual and Collective Grief, explores the unique issues that COVID 19 is likely to have on both individuals and society. It creates an array of losses that is likely to lead to a "shadow pandemic" of complicated grief. The presentation explores strategies for assisting mourners and addresses the possibilities of post-traumatic growth. 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Kenneth J. Doka is a Professor Emeritus at the Graduate School of the College of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America.  He has authored over 40 books and over a 100 articles. Dr. Doka has extensive experience in the area of grief, is a prolific author and speaker, providing keynoted addresses throughout North America as well as Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. He has appeared on CNN and Nightline. Dr. Doka was elected President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling in 1993. The association presented him with an Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education in 1998, Significant Contributions to the Field of Thanatology in 2014, and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. The International Work Group on Death Dying and Bereavement  presented him with the coveted Herman Feifel Award.

Doug Smith, MDiv, MA, MSDoug Smith, MDiv, MA, MS  

Time: March 16th, 6- 7:30 pm 

Title: "Different Ways of Grieving, Different Ways of Healing"   
Listen to Doug Smith's recorded talk here. 

When it comes to grieving, we all respond in different ways: some emotionally, some cognitively, some through actions. In this presentation, we will look at how to focus on people's strengths and expectations, match tools and techniques for the particular person, realizing that we all grieve differently, and heal differently. 

Speaker Bio: Doug Smith has been the lead instructor for the University of Wisconsin’s Grief Support Specialist Certification Program for the past five years, which has trained over 700 professionals in 39 states and 14 countries. He has conducted extensive grief training workshops in all 50 states and internationally. He published eight books on the topic related to death and grief. He also has extensive personal experiences related to grief. 

Erica Srinivasan, Ph.D. Erica Srinivasan, Ph.D. 

Time: March 30th, 6- 7:30 pm 

Title: Supporting Grieving Students and Communities      
Listen to Dr. Srinivasan's recorded talk here.

Grief and loss are universal experiences, yet we don’t often discuss them. In this presentation, learn about best practices for working with grief, including education about various types of losses and grief reactions, such as disenfranchised grief and ambiguous loss, and coping approaches.  

Speaker Bio: Erica is an associate professor of psychology at UW-La Crosse where she also serves as a co-chair for the gerontology emphasis and as the director for the Center for Grief and Death Education, helping to organize the International Death, Grief and Bereavement Conference. Additionally, she is an instructor of the UW-Madison Grief Support Specialist Program.