Pandemic Grief Processing Group
What are you grieving? Where can you share your grief?
The Pandemic Grief Processing Group aims to make space for honoring and acknowledging the losses students, staff, and faculty within the UMBC community have experienced in these last 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic. This discussion-based program will explore the different kinds of grief and loss people may be experiencing individually and as a society, giving language and space for each of the participants to express their personal stories.
Our intention for this group is to create a space for processing, connection, healing, and collective growth. We will collaborate in the creation of a community grief ritual together even as we are still moving through our grief in different ways.
PGPG will be run as a 3-week program. The group will meet for a 90-minute session, once a week, for three consecutive weeks. The first two sessions will be online on Fridays, February 18th and 25th, 2:00-3:30 and then our hope is that the group will conclude with a final in-person session on Friday, March 4th, 2:00-3:30 in the Women’s Center. To indicate your comfort with meeting in person, please see the commitment form below.
If you are interested in joining, please fill out the commitment form here. We will send out iGoogle Calendar Invitations with links to the closed group meetings closer to the start date.
Note: To ensure that we have time for everyone to share their stories, we will be limiting the number of participants to 12.
This group is open to all students and faculty/staff of the UMBC community.
*Positionality statement: The facilitators of this group are senior social work students in their final practicum. We are not professional grief experts but we have experience in facilitating supportive groups as well as individualized counseling with peers. We hope to hold space for everyone and that, together, as a community, we can learn from and support each other.
We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Women's Center staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-455-2714.
If you have any other questions, please contact the Women's Center at WomensCenter@umbc.edu