Ambiguous Loss: Grieving in the Time of COVID-19, Followed by Live Q&A Session

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The Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center is partnering with Forefront Suicide Prevention Center to bring you this training and Q&A session with Charlene Ray on Ambiguous Loss: Grieving in the Time of COVID-19, Followed by Live Q&A Session.


This event is part of The Well-Being Series - Connections During COVID-19: Mental Wellness Webinars for Families and Educators. Click here to learn more about our series of webinars for kids, parents, and educators, focusing on mental wellness and suicide prevention.


I just want to say how much I appreciate how well organized this webinar was. I appreciate the access to slides used during the presentation. I find the slides very useful to review for future reference as I am typically highly distracted/interrupted during my work day.Even more, I appreciate how well organized the presentation was. It was very helpful to provide information during the introduction on certain features such as the toolbox to submit questions and comments. I hope I have the opportunity to tune in to future webinars if they are always of such high quality.  Thank you so much for providing great information and an amazing presentation.  

*Quote from Michelle Pittman, Senior Victim Services Education Coordinator, Student Wraparound Achievement Team, Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center

Ambiguous Loss: Grieving in the Time of COVID-19, Followed by Live Q&A Session

May 27, 2020
2 - 4pm (PST)

Life, as we knew it just a few weeks ago, has been completely turned upside down. That feeling you are feeling but can’t seem to describe in words may be grief. People are experiencing the loss of jobs, school, hugs, social connections, sports, graduations, weddings, funerals, it seems that every area of our life has been touched. We can’t even go to the grocery store without worry and stress. And if we were already grieving a loss, coping can be complicated. What do we do with this surreal feeling of disorientation? How do we recognize the signs and symptoms of grief and how do we cope? This webinar will give you an overview of what grief looks like at any time but especially during a time of ambiguous loss. We will talk about how to care for yourself and others in a time of uncertainty.


Key Learning Objectives:

  • To define ambiguous loss
  • To identify the signs and symptoms of grief
  • To understand the difference between grief and mourning
  • To identify ways of coping with grief
  • To know when and how to ask for support


Presentation Materials:

About the Presenter:

Photo of Charlene RayCharlene Ray, MSW, LICSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has been in practice as a therapist, mentor, grief counselor, and workshop facilitator for 35 years. Charlene teaches mindfulness in the school, K-6, and facilitates Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for teachers. Charlene has led programs for school districts on various mental health topics and is a frequent speaker at Sno-Isle Library Issues that Matter events. She works for Forefront Suicide Prevention as a school coach and trainer.



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