Roundtable: Grief & Bereavement

Linda is joined by three panelists for a discussion of various grief reactions to the death of someone close. Bereavement, in the view of the panel, is not something one "gets over," but instead is something that can be accommodated, ameliorated, and — eventually — successfully integrated into the survivor's life. The panel discusses the role of ritual and the changing role of formal "rites of mourning." They also discuss "disenfranchised" grief — grief over losses that are often not recognized as such by the wider public. Panelists include: Ken Doka, Professor of Gerontology at the College of New Rochelle; Rabbi Earl Grollman, Chairman of the National Center for Death Education; and Phyllis Silverman, Professor Emerita at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

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