Grief and Loss

Training Description

This short training draws parallels between the emotional impact of COVID-19 and grief and loss symptoms and provides information for helping professionals to assist their clients in dealing with the isolating effects of the Coronavirus. Topics covered: grief and loss, collective emotional states, different kinds of loss, impacts of physical distance from those we love, secondary losses, rituals of transition, comparative suffering, grieving process, disrupted mourning, self-care.

Training Objectives

  • Understand the negative implications of comparative suffering
  • Describe the impacts of delayed grief and disrupted mourning
  • Know the role of self-care for self and clients during a pandemic
  • Define secondary losses and the place of ritual in our lives


Amy Degurian, MSW, LSW, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work. In 1994, where she completed her M.S.W. degree along with a certificate in Gerontology.Her work history includes professional social work positions in long term care, home care, hospital and L.T.A.C.H. facilities. She has been a continuing education facilitator for the School of Social Work for over 20 years. She has provided instruction in the areas of gerontology, grief, caremanagment and effective communication.Since 2013, Ms. DeGurian has served as a Field Education Coordinator at the School of Social Work and continuously works to provide quality internship opportunities to the present M.S.W. students in the program.Additionally, Amy functions as an Adjunct Professor for the school, teaching both the Generalist Social Work class and the Grief and Loss class for the M.S.W. program.

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