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Virtual Town Hall: Grief & Memorialization During COVID-19
Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Category: Webinars

The Pediatric Palliative Care Webinar Series and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) offer a joint presentation, generously supported by the Funeral Service Foundation. 

Join us for a discussion on how clinical practice in pediatric palliative care has changed in light of COVID-19-related policies and how that has impacted the way we respond to family grief, provide bereavement support, and offer memorialization opportunities. 

Additionally, there is enormous collective and personal grief associated with the immense racial inequities that have recently become part of the public consciousness. This grief is very personal for those who have been directly affected by systemic racial inequities, and for whom the knowledge of these inequalities has been a lived experience for hundreds of years. The effect of this additional grief compounded with the uncertainty caused by an ongoing global pandemic has created an unprecedented need for new dialogues and evaluation of support systems provided by communities of care. 

This panel of pediatric palliative care social workers and researchers will discuss research, clinical observations, and methods for supporting families and our teams during this challenging time. 

The interactive discussion will take place on Tuesday, June 30 from 12-1pm PST/1-2pm MST/2-3pm CST/3-4pm EST. This town hall is free of charge and is being offered in addition to our regularly scheduled webinar series.

Upon registration, you will have the opportunity to share your experience supporting families through grief and memorialization during this challenging time. 



Susan Cadell, PhD, RSW

Susan Cadell is a social work researcher and Professor in the School of Social Work at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo, in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Susan's research concerns death, dying and bereavement, particularly positive outcomes of caregiving and grief.

Rachel Rusch, MSW, MA

Rachel Rusch is a Clinical Social Worker with the Division of Comfort and Palliative Care at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School’s Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Fellowship with a concentration in pediatrics. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from New York University and a Master of Arts in Child Development from Sarah Lawrence College. Rachel is actively pursuing research interests surrounding patient, family, and provider perseverance.

Solimar Santiago-Warner, MSW, LCSW

Solimar Santiago-Warner is a perinatal palliative care social worker at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at New York Presbyterian, where she supports mothers, families and their medical teams as they navigate life-limiting diagnosis and loss. Solimar is a candidate for a Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) at the NYU Silver School of Social Work where her research focuses on supporting diverse/Latinx families through perinatal loss.

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