This is a unique time in our world for people who are experiencing grief and loss on many different levels. As a therapist who has specialized in grief and anxiety for over a decade, I hope to use the knowledge and tools I have amassed to help others who are struggling. These weekly discussions are open to anyone who wants to join, and each week I'll be bringing on a special guest to help explore our collective grief and anxiety. We will offer coping tools and techniques and take live questions from participants. If you can't make it to the call you will receive a recording.
Claire Bidwell Smith is an internationally renowned author, speaker, and grief expert. She is the author of three books of nonfiction: The Rules of Inheritance, After This: When Life Is Over Where Do We Go? and Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief. Her books have been published in 18 countries and Claire lectures and writes regularly about grief.
Rev. Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, MPA, is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Alameda County Care Alliance Collaborative (ACCAC), a faith-based community program in partnership with local clinical, academic, and community organizations, engaging 25 faith-based organizations and their pastors in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties of Northern California. The ACCA Advanced Illness Care Program™ assists persons needing advanced illness care and their families/caregivers manage physical, emotional, spiritual, social and advanced care planning needs. Cynthia is the creator of “I Choose to Prepare,” a dramatic and creative approach to advance care planning, soliciting youth involvement through spoken word, dance and the visual arts. She is co-principal investigator of the Refining Advance Care Planning Training and Toolkit for the Faith-Based African American Community. Rev. Cynthia has over 25 years of experience as a hospice and palliative care educator, trainer and marketing professional. She is a much sought-after motivational speaker and advocate for health equity and inclusion for communities of color; an ordained minister, serving at the historic Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland CA, as well as a gospel recording artist under her Splendor Record label.