Speaking Grief with KEET-TV
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KEET-TV and Hospice of Humboldt present "Speaking Grief," a documentary that explores why the pain of losing a loved one can be so difficult to understand and discuss. Through candid personal stories and conversations with experts in the grief field, the film also presents ideas for how family and friends can better support each other through loss.
After the film, Dr. Jensen will lead a panel discussion about some of the issues brought up during the screening.
We do hope you will join us.
Note: The film is 56-minutes long. The discussion will be between 45-minutes to an hour long depending on the questions from the audience.
Where to find support:
Hospice of Humboldt Grief Support Services can be reached at 707.267.9801
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Speaking Grief explores the transformative experience of losing a family member in a grief-avoidant society. It validates grief as a normal, healthy part of the human experience rather than a problem that needs to be “fixed.” Speaking Grief is a production of WPSU. Follow WPSU on social media! Twitter: twitter.com/wpsu Instagram: instagram.com/wpsu Facebook: facebook.com/wpsu.org Support WPSU at wpsu.org/donate.
- Katie Whiteside
Director of Community Engagement at KEET-TV.
- Dr. Jamie Jensen
Dr. Jamie Jensen, MSW has over 20 years of direct experience in supporting families and caregivers as their loved one's age and reach the end of life. She has extensive experience in family mediation, facilitating transitions, long-term care planning, and navigating grief and loss. Jamie is faculty in the Department of Social Work and Founding Director of The Full Life Institute at Humboldt State University. She serves on several local and national boards related to aging, healthcare, and community wellness, and currently serves as President of the Board for Area 1 Agency on Agency & President of the Community Health Alliance of Humboldt and Del Norte. Her research & publications emphasize building capacity, wellness, and access in rural communities through the use of innovative technologies. Jamie received her MSW (Social Work) from Humboldt State University, M.A. (Human Development) from Fielding Graduate University, and her Ph.D. (Human and Organizational Systems) from Fielding Graduate University.
- Dr. Virgil Moorehead Jr.
Virgil Moorehead Jr. is Yurok and Tolowa and enrolled member of the Big Lagoon Rancheria. Dr. Moorehead is the first in his tribe to get a graduate degree. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and currently the Executive Director at Two Feathers Family Services in Mckinleyville, CA. A graduate of the University of California at Davis (BA), Dr. Moorehead received his Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA in 2015. During his graduate work, he completed his doctoral internship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Stanford University. Dr. Moorehead’s professional interests focus on developing and testing community-based strategies for health promotion with Native American youth. Dr. Moorehead received the Richard Alan Smith Scholar’s Award in 2015 for his work on Digital Storytelling with Urban Native American in Oakland, CA and the 19th Annual Anne Medicine Mentorship Award in 2017 for his work with Stanford Native American undergraduate and graduate students. Virgil’s interest in youth mental health stems from his own struggles growing up on the Big Lagoon Rancheria and his strong desire to give back to tribal communities.
- Autumn Spears
Autumn Spears has been counseling youth members of Humboldt County for over 15 years. She worked as a Grief Counselor at Hospice of Humboldt for over 10 years, where she developed the Circle of Care Youth Program for grieving children in our community. She managed the Grief Support Department at Hospice overseeing the services they provide and helped educate the community on grief. She has also worked in the community providing mental health services and counseling to children who were considered high risk for abuse and children in foster care. She has been advocating and providing services for survivors of domestic violence and other types of abuse. She served as a member of the Leadership Team with the 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative for 3 years, the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Board for 3 years and assisted in creating a mental health program for local first-responders. Her specialties in grief and trauma have led her to her current position at Evolve Youth Services. Her specialties in grief and trauma have led her to her current position at Evolve Youth Services where she provides counseling to youth and their families and has recently accepted the Clinical Director position.
- Dr. Gina Belton
An ethnothanatologist, Dr. Gina Subia Belton, is a psychology professor, Indigenous scholar-activist, community educator, and grief specialist practicing Existential Medicine in her work in Palliative Psychology. She is also a published poet and author. Her multidisciplinary research activities reach across the continuum of care in the end of life relationship, centering the health and well being of BIPOC communities.
- Pat Basham
The personal confrontation with deep grief was an awakening to society’s general avoidance of the inevitable experience of death. Pat was recruited out of Chaplaincy training in San Antonio at a large VA hospital with a diverse religious/cultural team to become lead Chaplain at one of the first hospices to be founded in the US. In addition to maintaining a large caseload, Pat gave talks city-wide to further the goal of end of life whole-person care. Pat feels blessed to be serving as Chaplain at Hospice of Humboldt.
- Pablo King Ortiz, CFP
Principal with Humboldt Bay Financial & Insurance Services, LLC, empowering individuals, families, and business owners to succeed financially by creating, building, and preserving wealth. Now serve clients locally in Humboldt County, within the San Francisco Bay Area (Silicon Valley), among various states. Business Succession Planning Services offered. I have over 17 years of experience in the financial industry, am a CFP Certificant, and will provide you with strategic investment strategies, personalized plans, and comprehensive advice to help you work toward achieving and surpassing your financial goals.
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