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Recording: Grieving During COVID-19, Supporting Communities While Social Dist.

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This recording purchase is intended for use by one person. If you would like to share this recording with your entire faculty, the cost is $300 for members, $600 for others. Please contact info@csee.org.

 

Recorded on April 6, 2020  -  1 hour, 40 minutes

 

While difficult to think about, our communities may experience a death during this time of social isolation. Our current school plans for handling a death are probably based on the premise of bringing people together. This event will look at handling death in our new reality. Now that many of us are in the midst of social distancing, how can we prepare to aid our online school communities in the event of a death? What steps will we take when returning to the school building, if a loss has taken place during our absence? 

 

Topics explored:

 

  • What is grief and what is the role of community in the grieving process?
  • What's the typical range of practice and preparation within independent schools when it comes to addressing grief?
  • What needs to be adapted, and what needs to remain the same?
  • Hear from a school that just experienced this scenario, grieving a member of the community who passed while the school was closed.
  • Which specific tools represent best practice when dealing with grief in the context of social isolation?
  • Question and answer

 

For this two hour session, we welcome presenters Meredith Sjoberg (Lakeside School), Keven Fletcher (St. Michaels University School), Katelyn Kilpatrick (Woodward Academy), and Bob Mattingly (CSEE).

 

Presenters

 

Meredith Sjoberg has worked at Lakeside School since 2008 and is the Upper School Counseling Center Coordinator. She has worked in a few different high schools as well as university counseling centers. She obtained her PhD in Counseling Psychology and has a private practice in addition to her work at the school. Her favorite part of being a counselor is meeting with students. She said, "Students have a real curiosity and desire to learn about themselves. I love being able to be there for that. There's something powerful that happens in the room when someone's taking a risk and is able to be vulnerable." Meredith has lived in Seattle since 2006 and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, doing triathlons, reading, and exploring the city. 

 

 

 

Rev. Katie Kilpatrick (known to her students as Chaplain K) is passionate about promoting peace, understanding, and compassion. Katie graduated from Candler School of Theology with her Master of Divinity in May 2015 with a Certificate of Religion and Health. She is proud to be an ordained minister in the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ, with Kirkwood United Church in Atlanta as her home congregation. Katie has spent the last 5 years serving as the Academy Chaplain and the Pauline and R.L. Brand Jr. '35 Chair of Religious Studies at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. There, she seeks to inspire students of various faiths to develop a sense of empathy through respectful, ecumenical dialogue. She believes that through education, students can be inspired to change the world as they grow to understand and appreciate those around them.

 

 

 

 

Keven Fletcher currently serves as the Chaplain and Faculty Mentor at St. Michaels University School in British Columbia. He divides his time between public speaking, process facilitation, and exploring life choices with staff and students. The 1,000 strong community draws from five continents and twenty-five countries. As an ordained minister within the United Church of Canada, his former role centered on congregational ministry in the midst of crisis. His thoughts on grief are captured in his novel, When It Matters Most. One of this year's CSEE Visiting Scholars, Keven organized our Grief event in January.

 

 

 

Bob Mattingly is the Executive Director for CSEE. Previous to CSEE, he was the Director of Accreditation at AIMS, a Commissioner for Independent School Commission on Accreditation, Head of the Chesapeake Montessori School, and Admissions Director and Teacher at Gonzaga College High School. Through spending a year supporting the dying and critically ill and their families at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, he earned a CPE certification. He has earned a Masters in Theology from Boston College, Masters in Ethics from Loyola University of Chicago, and Masters in Educational Administration from Harvard University.

 


 

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