Grief: Loss and Resilience in a Pandemic World

An Online Class for Mental Health Caregivers, Chaplains, and Pastors



Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 17, 2021, 12:00-3:00 p.m. ET


So many losses mark this pandemic—from lives to social connections to jobs to the stories we live by and our sense of safety. The footprint of grief will long remain after the medical virus has abated. How do we accompany each other and help the healing process?

Join us for a three-part interactive series on grief: what it is (and isn’t), the impact it has on our sense of meaning, and how to move forward with our eyes open and hopeful. This training is appropriate for all those who interact with the grieving—pastors, chaplains, lay ministers, healthcare workers, and anyone who would benefit from supporting others dealing with loss. 

Objectives for this training include:

  1. Reframing and better understanding grief as a process;
  2. Identifying the internal, external, and spiritual adjustments that occur during mourning;
  3. Providing initial support and intervention to the bereaved;
  4. Understanding how grief and loss impact the process of meaning making for those who grieve; and
  5. Relating the connection between hope for the future and the experience of loss.

This program will not be recorded for later reference.

Co-sponsored with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Bioethics and Health Law with support from Desert Ministries Inc., and its founding director, the late Rev. Dr. Richard M. Cromie.


Amy DeGurian is a field education coordinator and faculty lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work. She comes to the department with 25+ years of clinical and program coordination experience in the areas of health care, hospice, and gerontology. She has been a full time member of the field education department since 2013. DeGurian currently teaches both generalist social work practice and grief and loss in the MSW program. Recently DeGurian has been featured in local, regional, and national news mediums for her work and expertise around grief and loss. She also facilitates corporate trainings in the health care sector, specifically in the areas of communication and leadership. DeGurian co-facilitates community-based diversity and anti-racist trainings and was featured in a podcast addressing bereavement after suicide specific to the needs of veteran families. DeGurian holds an undergraduate degree in sociology from The Pennsylvania State University and an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. She also has a gerontology certificate.

Melissa M. Kelley is associate professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling and the faculty director of the M.Div. program at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Previously, she was on the faculty of Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. She has many years of pastoral-clinical experience, including in college campus ministry and individual pastoral counseling. She holds a Ph.D. from Boston University in pastoral psychology.  Through the former American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Dr. Kelley was a Fellow and nationally certified pastoral counselor and is now a pastoral psychotherapist with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. She is also a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement through the Association for Death Education and Counseling, a primary organization in the country for all bereavement researchers, educators, and clinicians. She is a pastoral formation guide with the Southern New England Association of the United Church of Christ and is the author of numerous articles and presentations as well as her 2010 book, Grief: Contemporary Theory and the Practice of Ministry, published by Augsburg Fortress Press.  


9.0 CEs for licensed social workers, mental health therapists, marriage and family counselors. Available for $10 during checkout.

0.9 CEUs for pastors, chaplains, lay ministers, and laity. Available for free upon request to

This program is offered for (the approved number of CE hours) number of CE hours of social work continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education accredited school and therefore a PA pre-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LMFT, and LPC biennial license renewal. For information on social work continuing education please visit



This event has a sliding scale for registration so all may participate as they are financially able. Codes for the registration options are:

$75 No promo code necessary.

$50 25-OFF

$25 50-OFF

Free 75-OFF

NOTE: If you want the CEs for licensed social workers and counselors, select the optional purchase for $10 during checkout.


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