Our Research Talks provide an opportunity to hear from invited professionals about interesting research findings and new ideas relevant to bereavement and grief.

Upcoming Webinars

January 18, 2019. 12pm - 1pm EST: Writing After Loss: What Grief Memoirs Teach Us. 1 CE available. Presenter: Maite Snauewart, Ph.D. Register now.

Memoir writers describe the experience of grief firsthand with all of its complexity and nuance. These literary works are often blunt, realistic, and brutally honest often including humour or self-deprecation.  They use imagery that is haunting and beautiful that can deepen understanding of the grief experience. Grief memoirs shed light on the often erratic, highly personal process of adaptation to loss.

This presentation will share observations from Professor Snauewart’s research on mourning memoirs. It will highlight similarities in clinical and literary thinking that can enhance clinical understanding of acute and integrated grief.

February 6, 2019. 12pm - 1pm EST: Loss, resilience, and prolonged grief: Mapping the heterogeneity of grief reactions as latent trajectory and networks. 1 CE available. Presenter: George Bonanno, Ph.D. Register now.

The death of a loved one is difficult for everyone. But research has consistently shown marked individual variation in the course and severity of grief reactions. Dr. Bonanno will discuss the limitations of traditional perspectives on loss that focus only on psychopathology (i.e., prolonged and severe grief reactions) and will describe his research of the past 25 years that has mapped prototypical trajectories of response to traumatic and aversive events, including loss. This work has identified different patterns of prolonged grief, recovery, and resilience. Finally, he will consider recent controversies about the nature of prolonged grief by comparing different conceptualizations of grief using both latent trajectory modeling and analyses of symptom networks.

Past Webinars 

Managing Pre-Death Grief: A CBT-based grief intervention for dementia caregivers. Recording coming soon. 1 CE available for $20 fee. Presenter: Franziska Meichsner, Ph.D.

Pre-death grief is among the most debilitating aspects of caring for a loved one with dementia. Grief is a natural response to witnessing changes in the care recipient’s personality and experiencing multiple losses in the relationship with the person over the course of the disease. However, caregivers are often unaware that their painful emotional, cognitive, and physical experiences are related to grief or try to avoid such reactions. The webinar presents the development of a grief-specific intervention for caregivers and its integration into a larger CBT-based program. The application of intervention strategies is illustrated using a case example and insights into the effectiveness of the program are provided.

Suicide Bereavement and Complicated Grief. Recording coming soon. 1 CE available for $20 fee. Presenter: Sidney Zisook, M.D.

Suicide survivors are at increased risk for developing complicated grief. They often experience guilt or feelings of responsibility for their loved ones death and have trouble shaking the idea that this death could have been prevented. This webinar reviews preliminary research from a multi-center study comparing assessment and treatment of CG in suicide loss survivors to those with CG after other kinds of loss.