Grieving a Death During a Pandemic: An Evening of Support
The experience of grieving always feels like visiting a foreign place, feeling disoriented and isolated in the new reality of life without the person we loved. COVID-19 has increased our isolation as it keeps us from grieving in community.
We will come together virtually (via Zoom) to explore alternative ways to mourn and grieve while we gain comfort in being together.
The evening will include wisdom from a cantor, a grief counselor, and a community member grieving a new death. We will use music, mindfulness, poems, and pictures to honor the loved ones who have died and our own grief.
You are invited to share a photo of your loved one(s) during the event.
Hazzan Steven Stoehr is starting his 33nd year at Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook Illinois. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Cantor Stoehr has edited several educational booklets primarily in the realm of mourning rites and traditions. He was the primary author of a Minyan of Comfort, a guidebook for how to conduct minyanim in a house of Shivah with the FJMC. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, has released three music cd’s, co-created a musical and published a book of fiction, My Brother’s Keeper.
Laurie Garber-Amram, LCSW recently rejoined JCFS Chicago after 20 years in private practice. Ms. Garber-Amram is a certified Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and has developed curriculum and co-taught at the Orot Center for New Jewish Learning.
Tracey Lipsig Kite, LCSW has been a social worker at JCFS Chicago for 26 years. She has provided training in the community on a range of topics in her roles as a therapist, Healthcare Guide, and founder and Director of Jewish Healing Network of Chicago. Ms. Kite’s passion is the development and support of healthy people, families, and communities. She is co-facilitating the JCFS Chicago group Grieving a Loss to Suicide with Wendy Dolin, LCSW, founder of MISSD and a survivor of suicide loss.
Brian Grossman is a member of the Jewish community who will share his experience grieving his father’s recent death.
This event is free of charge. Register today and you will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.