Disenfranchisement, Suffocated Grief, and Coping

Disenfranchisement, Suffocated Grief, and Coping


Jun 25 2024


7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Facilitator: Dr. Tashel Bordere

Description: This interactive workshop will focus on cultural challenges involved in coping with loss. The presentation will address ways that grieving individuals may be disenfranchised and faced with Bordere’s (2014, 2016) concept of “suffocated grief” wherein individual and communities are penalized or punished for their bereavement needs, grief, and mourning practices We will discuss strategies to disrupt oppression of grieving families and communities.

When: June 25, 7 – 8 PM ET

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: FREE! Reserve your spot on Pinelawn’s Eventbrite page

Attendee Materials Needed: No Materials Needed

About our Presenter:

Tashel C. Bordere, PhD, CT is an internationally-known scholar, author, and speaker, and a grant-funded researcher at the Center for Family Policy and Research, Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is past professor at the University of Missouri and University of Central Missouri. She is certified in Thanatology (Death, Dying, and Bereavement).

Dr. Bordere is President of the Board of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG) and serves on the Boards of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

She is a newly accepted member of the International Workgroup on Death and Dying. She recently completed a Forward Promise Fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) focusing on the promotion of healing, growth and thriving among boys and young men of color. She is a mentor and career coach to developing Health Equity Scholars through Johns Hopkins (RWJF).

Dr. Bordere’s research is contextually based focusing on cultural trauma, stigmatized loss (homicide loss, assaultive violence–sexual assault), suffocated grief (a term she coined), and Black youth and family bereavement and mourning rituals. She developed the S.H.E.D. Grief Tools Training Program for Early Childhood Professionals and programs and K-12 schools.

Dr. Bordere has received numerous awards including the Ronald K. Barrett National Award (ADEC), Excellence in Engagement in Outreach Award (MU), and the CASE Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentorship to underrepresented college students (MU). She is a Grief Reach grantee funded by the New York Life Foundation. Dr. Bordere has done numerous workshops, keynotes, and published research relating to inequities (social, educational) and culturally relevant practices, including her co-edited book, Handbook of Social Justice in Loss and Grief (Routledge). She is a grief, health, and DEI expert and advisor on documentary films related to bereavement in multicultural families and disenfranchised losses (child loss, homicide survivorship).

Dr. Bordere has been featured in multiple media outlets including USA Today, New York Times, Legacy.Com, Psychology Today, Houston Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, and NPR (WPSU: Take Note). She is a proud New Orleans native.



Instagram: @drtbordere

X – Twitter: @DrTBordere

**Upon registration, you will be sent a confirmation email. To access the online workshop, it is important to use the Eventbrite reminder emails (one will be sent the day of the event) and log into your Eventbrite account to access the online workshop. Although we use the Zoom platform, Eventbrite emails will grant you access to the Zoom meeting. You will not be sent a Zoom link.**

For questions, contact Christin Alexander, Community Outreach Coordinator, at calexander@pinelawn.com or 631.249.6100 x120.

Disclaimer: The information shared in this program is not intended to act as a substitute for any legal and mental health advice concerning individual situations; neither Pinelawn Memorial Park or COPE, its Board of Directors, staff and personnel shall be responsible for any outcomes arising from any information or exercises provided in this program.


COPE is a nonprofit grief and healing organization dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child. COPE offers community support – if you need support, please reach out: 516-832-2673 info@copefoundation.org. For more information, visit www.copefoundation.org

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