Now Accepting Applications for New Project: Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone: Trauma and Grief in the time of COVID-19

It is with deep appreciation that the Justice and Peace Foundation announces the receipt of a grant from the Funeral Services Foundation as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This funding will allow us to fund the JPF project entitled Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone: Trauma and Grief in the time of COVID-19.

The goal is to support the grief process, to innovate and disseminate best practices for funerals and public memorials, and to provide self-care tools for African American religious leaders in this crisis. This will be accomplished by six months of collaborative, interactive webinars led by Lisa Brown, PhD, ABPP; Rev. Darrell Armstrong, MDiv, EdS–MFT, DD; and Dr. Phyllis Carter. The churches will be chosen from geographical regions who have experienced multiple deaths due to COVID-19 and have networks of influence in their denominations.

To reach that goal, JPF seeks 15 African American churches of various denominations and from a variety of geographical locations nationally to become involved. Each church can choose a representative to commit to attend bi-monthly online workshops for 6 months; the chosen representatives will also receive coaching about setting up and maintaining a bereavement ministry, and gain skills in self-care for ministerial leaders. While this participation is not compensated an incentive will be offered to all representatives.

If your church wants to be a part of this project and you meet the criteria, please let us know by filling out the form below. 

As the project advances, the best practices and resources that are developed through this collaborative project will be made available on the JPF website for all.

The goals of the project are:

  • Support the leaders and ministers of these churches as they move through grief
  • Educate church leaders about the best knowledge and practices concerning trauma, grief and healing
  • Help the churches to create a grief support group for their church and community
  • Conduct basic research through case studies about the grieving process in the African American community

Rev. Darrell Armstrong, MDiv, EdS–MFT, DD

Lisa Brown, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Phyllis E. Carter, MS, LCMFT, MDiv, DMin

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