Grief Literacy: Understanding and Supporting the Grief Process

Understanding how grief unfolds and is experienced by people allows us to engage supportive relationships and structures that support grieving people. Through greater grief literacy we can strive to understand this universal experience of healing from loss and the role of compassionate communities in normalizing and validating the process. This presentation will offer an overview of the grief process, describe signs and symptoms of grief, typical trajectories and strategies for supporting those who have experienced loss. Variations of grief including ambiguous loss, disenfranchised grief and considerations for identifying prolonged grief disorder will also be discussed.

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About the Presenters

Stacy S. Remke, LICSW, APHSW-C

Stacy is an Instructor at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, teaching in areas of health, disabilities and aging, grief and loss,  integrative behavioral health and inter-professional  practice. Her clinical experience includes 27 years as a pediatric palliative care social worker, assisting children with life-threatening and chronic, complex conditions and their families in home and community based settings, as well as in the hospital. She was a founding leader of the palliative care service at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN and Co-Investigator for the NCI funded curriculum development project, “EPEC-Pediatrics”. Stacy has contributed extensively to the multi-disciplinary knowledge base for the field of pediatric palliative care. She is on the Board for Social Work in Hospice and Palliative Care Network (, belongs to the International Work Group on Death Dying and Bereavement, and is an advocate for the practice of social work in hospice and palliative care.