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2021 Grief Talks Conference

2021 Grief Talks Conference

"Sound On, Volume Up!"

Wednesday, September 22
8:30am – 4:00pm EDT LIVESTREAMED


Be a part of the first annual conference hosted by the Highmark Caring Place. Join us as we learn from experts, share lived experience, and come together to amplify the voices of grieving children and adults.

Grief is a profound experience. All individuals and all communities deserve to have their grief experiences seen, heard, and validated. Yet, many who grieve are not given the opportunity to have their voices heard or their experiences acknowledged by society.

Whether it's due to the nature of the death, their relationship with the person who died, or the community that they're a part of, these disenfranchised and marginalized grievers are often unseen and underserved.

We can change that — for disenfranchised grievers, we can:
Switch the Sound On and turn the Volume Up!

We can challenge ourselves to create a more grief-informed community. We can collectively become a catalyst for change as we amplify the voices of all grievers.

Join us for the opportunity to learn from a nationally recognized keynote speaker, participate in interactive and engaging workshops facilitated by experts in the field, and make time for self-reflection as we all work to create a more grief-informed community.

In this conference, we will amplify the voices of marginalized grievers, aiming to create a more grief-informed community that supports those who grieve of all ages. We welcome you to join us in becoming a catalyst for change and in supporting hope for those who are grieving.

Keynote speaker, Tashel C. Bordere, PhD, FT

Tashel Bordere

Keynote speaker, Tashel C. Bordere, PhD, FT is an assistant professor of human development and family science and a state specialist in youth development at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is past editor of the The Forum and a past ADEC Board member.

Dr. Bordere has done numerous workshops, consultations, and trainings and publishes work related to diversity and resilience through loss including a co-edited/co-authored book, Handbook of Social Justice in Loss and Grief (Harris and Bordere, 2016).

Her research areas include African American youth grief, coping, and homicide loss. She also developed S.H.E.D. Grief Education in the Schools.


Following the conference, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between the grieving experiences of children and adults.
  • Illustrate how disenfranchised grief (especially for underserved populations) impacts grievers of all ages.
  • Apply 3–4 new principles to enhance grief support for children and families.
  • Illustrate 2–3 ways in which participants can contribute to a more grief-informed community.
  • Identify 2–3 ways in which participants can support themselves while engaging in grief work.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through joint providership of Allegheny General Hospital and Highmark Caring Place. Allegheny General Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credits to be determined.

Pennsylvania Act 48 Credits

This program has been designed by the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit, a PDE-approved provider, or its subcontractor, to meet PDE criteria for the award of Act 48 hours, which may or may not be PIL approved. Act 48 hours for this activity may or may not be eligible for award based on your school entity's professional education plan. It is your responsibility as an educator to ensure that you participate in appropriate, content-specific professional development.

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