Grief Support

Caring for patients can be challenging on many levels. When a patient dies, the challenges can become even more defined and more difficult. With roughly 1,000 deaths a year at DUH, for example, we acknowledge the potential grief burden this puts on our clinicians and our learners.

We also recognize that clinicians and learners have their own families and can experience loss and grief within their families, and that these two types of grief, professional and personal, can exacerbate one another.

Matters of Grief: Addressing Personal & Professional Grief
The second annual, half-day symposium centered around grief will take place virtually on Friday, November 19, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. followed by an afternoon of restorative circles. This year we will be addressing personal and professional grief as well as reflecting on the grief our team members faced because of COVID over the past year and a half.
Register for the Symposium

View the agenda.

Restorative Circles – Join one or more small-group, confidential, highly participatory discussions on the topics below. Using a restorative circle format to create a safe space, we will share our perspectives, learn from others’ experiences, and build a supportive community. Please be prepared to actively participate on camera. Register for sessions below.

Personal Grief Circles, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
In these restorative circles, we will explore our own grief and discuss how we care for ourselves and others.
Physician Grief
Nursing Grief
Other Healthcare Professionals Grief

Professional Grief Circle, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
In this restorative circle, we will explore grief related to death of patients and how we care for ourselves and others when we experience professional grief.
Professional Grief

COVID Grief Circles, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
In these restorative circles, we will share our experiences, explore the impact of these losses, and discuss how we provide self-care.
Loss of a loved one during COVID
Loss of normalcy, connections, roles, and/or safety during COVID

Matters of Grief: The Duke Response
Hosted for the first time in November 2020, Matters of Grief: The Duke Response is a half-day symposium centered around grief.
View the recordings from the 2020 symposium.

Grief Toolkit
Grief and bereavement is not part of the normal curriculum in medical and other professional schools and we wanted to address that gap with education and support through this toolkit. 

Well-Being Resources
We offer self-directed, guided, and specialized resources covering a wide array of wellness and well-being topics. We encourage you to use the flyers and videos, articles and tip sheets, Duke programming, and the support lines for yourself and your team.


Questions or need grief support: