Cultural Bereavement: Womanhood
To mark Women's History Month, join us in our third conversation to dive below the surface of what cultural bereavement is, how it develops, what it can look like. In this event, we'll address womanhood, the perceived and real shift and loss of identity, and its impact as an aspect of cultural bereavement. This grief is a complex component of (im)migrant and refugee experiences, contributing to varied and complex individual and communal outcomes.
MESO is headed up by Tida Beattie and Soyeon Davis, both grief mentors, guides, and trained end-of-life doulas. Tida's family immigrated to the US from Thailand. Soyeon and her family immigrated from South Korea.
Both have been long-distance caregivers to their immigrant parents. Attempts to collect information, education and resources to support their immigrant families addressing issues of care, aging, death and grief have been scarce to none. What they primarily found reflected one lens and perspective and provided no room for cultural safety, representation, nor relevance.
As a result, Tida and Soyeon founded MESO to provide culturally attuned resources to immigrant families, their caregivers, and their grievers in order to fill a critical need for information and to create open, non-judgmental spaces of support to shore up grounding foundations, build inner capacity and resilience.