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Good Grief: A Mo(u)rning Conference in the Morning

Grief Explorations and Innovations by a New Generation

Co-sponsored by the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center and Sinai Memorial Chapel

Held on August 25th, 2020 over Zoom.

The conference featured a moderated panel of four young people who have created and explored new and cutting edge modalities for both grief care and grief expression, largely through different online platforms.

The Mo(u)rning Conference Panelists were:

Rabindra Hayashi

Rabindra Hayashi is an anthropologist who researches both digital life and death. His research topics include digital thanatology, ludology, and human-computer interaction. Rabindra received his Master of Social Science at the University of Chicago and has presented his research at various conferences run by the University of Chicago, Oxford University, and the London School of Economics. He currently lives in the Bay Area, where he is pursuing his doctorate in anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Rachel Reichblum

After losing both of her parents to brain cancer in the last few years when she was in her 20s, Rachel Reichblum started her Instagram account @ThatGoodGrief chronicling quotes that have resonated with her, reflections on her day-to-day with grief, and the professional resources she’s found. She’s providing content for others in this terrible club so they feel less alone, and sharing resources to the friends and extended family who want to help, but really just don’t know where to start.  She is currently sheltering-in-place on the East Coast and works in tech for her day job.

Sami Feld, MPH

Since 2016, Sami has been a host with The Dinner Party, which is a community of 20-and 30-somethings who have experienced significant loss and gather to build connection and community over potluck dinner parties. She has also co-facilitated weekend retreats at Urban Adamah for young adults who have experienced significant loss. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Sami joined a group of organizers to launch the COVID Grief Network, aimed at undoing the isolation for young adults grieving the illness or death of someone close to COVID-19. Sami is based in Santa Rosa, CA and in her day job she plans and evaluates programs and services for justice-involved individuals in Sonoma County.

Cecilia Yang

Cecilia Yang created The Imaginary Library when she decided to do a 100 Day Project in 2018 after her mom passed away.  For a hundred days, she explored grief and the things that are felt but are often unsaid. More than two years later, she continues to draw as a part of her ongoing grief care. Through this project Cecilia has been lucky to experience thousands of small moments of connectedness with strangers. Her full time job is leading a design team at Airbnb in San Francisco.

We wish to thank Institute on Aging for their assistance.  IOA will deliver CEUs in the following categories: CAMFT (for LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs and LEPs), provider #135377; and  MCLE (Attorneys/Licensed fiduciaries), provider # 13264. The Bay Area Jewish Healing Center will be providing CEUs for Registered Nurses. The RN CEU Provider No: CEP15994.