2024 End-of-Life Virtual Conference Series

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What is Good Support According to the Real Experts, Grievers! Thursday, January 25th, 2024 | 6-7:30 pm (MST)

We know from empirical literature as well as common sense that good support during bereavement experiences is important. It’s particularly crucial where trauma and grief intersect. While the literature demonstrates the importance of good support in grief, few studies have explored the actions and actors of effective care for those mourning. This presentation will first examine the definitions of grief and where it intersects with trauma, illuminating varying dimensions on the effects of such loss. Then, we will explore the actions and actors of social support and discuss specific ways in which we, as a collective society, can provide the type of care that grievers, as the experts themselves, report as helpful.

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Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

Since 1996, Dr. Joanne Cacciatore has worked with and counseled those affected by traumatic death, particularly the death of a child at any age and from any cause, engaging non-traditional, mindfulness-based approaches such as compassion focused psychoeducation, nature-based counseling, bibliotherapy, and meditation. She began the sustainable, vegan Selah Carefarm for both humans and animals who have suffered trauma and loss.

She is a Professor at Arizona State University, director of the graduate certificate in trauma and bereavement, and the founder of the MISS Foundation, an international nonprofit organization that aids families whose children have died or are dying. She began the Kindness Project in 1997 as a way to help many grieving parents honor their beloved children who have died.

Dr. Jo has been in the top 2% of scholars in the world since 2020, and her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Lancet, Death Studies, Omega Journal of Death and Dying, Midwifery, British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Social Work Education, Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, International Journal of Nursing, Birth, Social Work, and Families in Society.

Her work was featured in AppleTV’s “The Me You Can’t See” produced by Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, for whom she consulted as a member of their Mental Health Advisory Board. Her book, Bearing the Unbearable, was published by Wisdom Publication and remains a best-selling favorite.


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