We celebrate Black History Month through the lens of grief and healing, highlighting several members of our community. We hope their insights will help you navigate your own grief–or better understand that of others–and that they’ll inspire you. We know Black and Brown children are disproportionately impacted by grief due to systemic inequities, and we vow to continue doing our work across our various programming in the name of equality.
“Even in my grief, says guest blogger Mariah L. Williams, “I cannot fully disconnect parts of myself and parts of my mother’s story from racial inequities and injustices.” Read her insights in “Grieving While Black.”
While it has been relatively hidden, in our society there is a definitive gap when it comes to race and grief. Here’s what you need to know plus one step you can take to create change.
Counseling psychologist Jardin Dogan-Dixon, Ph.D. talked with us about the impact of grief on Black people, who typically experience grief far earlier and more frequently.
Our volunteer Karen Banks reflects on why she strongly dislikes the statement, “You have to be a strong Black woman,” especially when it comes to grieving. Check out her TikTok.
In the news…
- We were featured in Tech and Learning magazine for our ExperienceCraft program.
- So thankful to Project Repat, who donated $2,500 to us after a day-long campaign to help transform the lives of grieving kids. This wonderful company allows people to send in T-shirts of their person who died, which they transform into beautiful memory quilts.
- WANTED: Have you been an Experience Camps counselor who has personal experience with grief? We’d appreciate your participation in a new University of Iowa study that aims to understand how volunteering at grief camp impacts your grief journey. You’ll answer two journal prompts and take part in a virtual interview via Zoom. Get more information.