The Ripple Effect Of Loss In Portland's Black Community - Sharice Burnett, LCSW

Jun 18th, 2024 | Episode 291

It's impossible to speak for an entire community, especially when it comes to grief, but Sharice Burnett, LCSW, knows a lot about the ripple effect of loss in the Black and African American community in Portland, OR. Born and raised in the community, Sharice is a clinical mental health therapist and consultant dedicated to naming and dismantling the larger systemic barriers that stand in the way of Black children and families having access to culturally relevant support, particularly mental health and grief support.

We discuss:

  • Grieving the loss of an entire generation of elders during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • The grief and displacement from the Vanport Flood of 1948
  • The cultural nuances of grief
  • Historic, intergenerational, and collective grief
  • The unacknowledged grief of racism
  • How each death & loss ripples out to the larger Black/African American Portland community
  • How safety from racial harm is critical to accessing grief support services
  • Sharice's hopes and dreams for creating more culturally relevant grief support
  • Creative grief support & healing spaces for Portland's Black community (Black Rose Wellness)

This episode is the third and final in our 2024 three-part series highlighting the voices of communities who have historically been underrepresented in the grief world. The series is part of an ongoing collaboration between Dougy Center and The New York Life Foundation. We are deeply grateful for New York Life Foundation's tireless support and advocacy for children and teens who are grieving.

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