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Passed and Present: Finding Others Who “Get It”

For Grief invites you to attend Passed and Present: Finding Others Who “Get It,” its special event focused on self-care before and after loss, offered in partnership with Reimagine.

About For Grief

For Grief provides compassionate support to those who are grieving. Featuring content and guidance from renowned grief and bereavement professionals, offers a variety of resources, including downloadable guides, grief chats, online communities, a grief bookshop, virtual courses, and events. Additionally, For Grief's Speakers Bureau facilitates connection between the bereaved and the most prominent leaders in the grief and loss space. This comprehensive circle of support is designed with a grieving person’s unique needs in mind.

About Reimagine

Reimagine is a nonprofit organization catalyzing a uniquely powerful community–people of different backgrounds, ages, races, and faiths (and no faith) coming together in the hopes of healing ourselves and the world. We specifically support each other in facing adversity, loss, and mortality and–at our own pace– actively channeling life's biggest challenges into meaningful action and growth.

This month, Barri Leiner Grant, founder of The Memory Circle, and Jenny Lisk, author of the just-released book Widowed Parents Unite, will join Passed and Present host Allison Gilbert. All are members of the For Grief Speakers Bureau. Together, they will explore strategies for building new friendships and discuss why finding others who “get it” helps us carry forward in our grief. The conversation will be especially empowering leading up to the holiday season. (Mark your calendar: the final session in the series will be held before Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 16.) Everyone is welcome and there is no cost to attend.


Barri Leiner Grant is founder of The Memory Circle, an initiative that offers individuals a safe and supportive environment to gather, remember, and celebrate the people they’ve loved and lost. As a grief coach, she offers one-on-one sessions, courses that explore grief through writing, and intimate “support circles” that bring people together to share their grief stories. Barri’s mother died of a brain aneurysm and she brings this personal experience to her work, including helping organizations develop best practices and policies around bereavement leave and employee grief support. She’s also creator of the innovative “Remember and Reflect” deck, a collection of 50 cards that encourage the bereaved to honor their unique history – no matter where they are on their grief journey.

Jenny Lisk is the author of Widowed Parents Unite and Future Widow, winner of the New York City Big Book Award, and a widowed mom who is dedicated to helping widowed parents increase their family's well-being. In Future Widow, Jenny reflects on losing her husband, Dennis, to brain cancer and provides a practical guide for surviving and thriving while raising grieving children. Jenny is also host of The Widowed Parent Podcast and an active member of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief. As a seasoned interviewer, Jenny has explored loss and parenthood with more than 100 experts and authors, many of whom are also widowed parents.


Allison Gilbert is host of For Grief’s Passed and Present event series and author of Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive; Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents; and Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children. Gilbert serves on the Advisory Board of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and is a past Board Member of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief.

In addition to her work in the grief space, Allison Gilbert, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, helps writers best position their stories for publication through her initiative Pub Day, and recently co-authored Listen, World!: How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman.

Registrants will be added to the For Grief and Reimagine e-newsletter lists.


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