Grief literacy aims to improve how everyday citizens can understand grief and support one another in it. This concept is embedded in a public health commitment to understanding and addressing the loneliness and isolation caused by grief. The goal of grief literacy is to empower individuals, networks and communities to support the bereaved among us with everyday acts of kindness and compassion. For greater grief literacy, change needs to occur at all levels. While certainly some bereaved people need professional support, for many a salient social response is community-based acknowledgment and validation.
This event will be led by two originators of the Grief Literacy concept. Professor Mary Ellen Macdonald will provide an overview of Grief Literacy, its recent development by an international team of grief scholars, and its relationship to public health palliative care. Professor Susan Cadell will operationalize the concept of Grief Literacy by providing vignettes that can be used for education and practice. In this talk, the concept of Grief Literacy will also be connected to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be time reserved for open discussion with our two speakers.
This event is hosted by the Palliative Care and Nursing Ethics Hub of the Centre for Research on Health and Nursing in partnership with the Canadian Nurses Association. Michael Villeneuve, CNA Chief Executive Officer, will provide opening remarks.