What you will learn:
This is a class about how to show up. It is about how to support, sustain, and connect with one another in a real and authentic way. Whether and how we choose to do this will determine the fate of our humanity.
This is a facilitated conversation on how we can do better by grieving people as colleagues, neighbors, friends, family members, and fellow human beings. We will discuss the danger of the dominant narrative of avoiding, minimizing, or colonizing people’s emotions as it relates to traumatic loss, as well as the cognitive, emotional, physiological, and economic costs of this approach. Finally, there will be a series of recommendations for becoming a grief-literate, and grief-compassionate culture of beings, and the profound and lasting impact those practices can have on people who have suffered from loss.
This discussion will be led by a bereaved mother, Compassionate Care Bereavement Certified facilitator, and an experienced non-profit leader who has spent the last dozen years working alongside communities that experience a disproportionate amount of trauma.
In advance of the discussion, please read the facilitator’s published article here.
About the instructor:
Myra has spent 15+ years working alongside communities to close the opportunity gap for young people and their families through intensive, holistic, and enduring sport and education programming. She is a trusted leader with a deep devotion to those with whom she works and serves.
Myra earned her B.A from Dartmouth College where she majored in Government, was the Captain of the Women’s Soccer, and co-founded Athletes United, a student-led initiative to unite children of the Upper Valley with Dartmouth student-athletes through a cost-free sports league. Following Dartmouth Myra earned a post-graduate fellowship to launch the Latin American arm of Soccer Without Borders in Granada, Nicaragua. Her passion and commitment for sport and social justice led her to SquashBusters where she has served in a variety of program related roles since 2013.
Myra completed her MBA in Social Impact from Boston University in 2018 and returned to SquashBusters as the Chief Program Officer to focus on strategic growth and impact, staff development, and cross-site program quality. Myra is an inductee to the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and also now serves as a Board Member.
Myra is a Certified Compassionate Bereavement Care facilitator, and has turned to writing a memoir to share the story of her daughter, Havi Goldstein, who passed away on January 20th, 2021 from a neurodegenerative disorder. Her writing focuses on the beauty and pain in loss, and the power of community to sustain and uplift those who are suffering.
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Suggested Length60 min
# of Employees40
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