Click here for the Grieving During COVID-19 and Beyond Zoom recording. 

How can we sing the songs of the Lord
while in a foreign land?

Accompanying individuals through grief has traditionally been one function of a pastor. COVID-19 has complicated that role. The trauma surrounding death due to COVID-19, death due to other circumstances, and the losses associated with extended quarantine and an uncertain future all challenge our typical pastoral response. The tools of contemporary research augment our ability to care for one another while scriptural stories provide a connection to God’s historical and future hope. This webinar connects evidence- based grief theories and strategies with scripture which deepen our relationships and enable us to live a life of transformation and hope in uncertain times.

Participants will be able to:
1. Provide grievers with theoretical and evidenced-based background on grief, placing “typical” grieving processes in an “atypical” COVID19 context.
2. Connect grieving families with biblical companions, combining the faith journey with the grief journey.
3. Facilitate the integration of loss with faith, which includes personal rituals, stories, and hope for healing.

Sharon Burniston, MDiv, BCC-PCHAC, CT
Rev. Sharon Burniston is the palliative care chaplain at Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ. In this capacity she rounds with the team and offers emotional and spiritual support to patients, families and staff. She often is present during the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment and other end-of-life encounters. She provides one-year bereavement support for families of patients who have died in the hospital while being served by the palliative care team. Sharon is not only a Board Certified Chaplain with specialty certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplaincy, but she is the chair of the Association of Professional Chaplains committee that grants this credential. She is endorsed in hospital chaplaincy by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency. She has her Master of Divinity degree from Drew University and is an ordained elder in the Graeter New Jersey Annual Conference. She is also an Association of Death Education and Counseling certified Thanatologist.

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