Coronavirus

Melissa Wood Bartholomew

Nothing Can Separate Us

October 2, 2020
"In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic—and the racism pandemic we have been fighting since my ancestors arrived from the West Coast of Africa, I am reminded that there is so much that we don’t know," says Melissa Wood Bartholomew, Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at HDS.
Laura Tuach

How to Mourn, Find Meaning in the Deaths of 200,000

September 30, 2020

Some of us might feel guilty about grieving, especially if we haven’t actually lost someone to COVID-19. But as we are all grieving the lost rhythms of our daily lives as well as our feelings of familiarity and safety, gratitude can help us build resiliency and look to the future.

The recent media mentions below remind us that, as we muddle along, both grief and gratitude can exist together.... Read more about How to Mourn, Find Meaning in the Deaths of 200,000

Person on dock in shadow by Boston Globe

As We Adjust to a New Normal, Lessons in Grief and Gratitude

September 29, 2020
"But when you are grieving, you need to allow space for that to happen. Parents are so busy right now. Even the notion that they would have a few minutes to feel something feels radical to me, as someone who is trained in the reflective art of noticing feelings,” said Laura Tuach, associate director of field education and Instructor in Ministry Studies.
Buddhist statue

My Spiritual Path Through the COVID-19 Darkness

July 22, 2020

"The soft supplication to the Buddhist goddess of healing, Tara, filled my hours, along with Sufi music and gentle sounds of Sikh prayers on the one divine. Words of the 13th-century Persian mystic Rumi, 'Keep silent because the world of silence is a vast fullness,' became my meditation," writes HDS alum Kalpana Jain, MTS '17.

Chaplain David Anderson and student nurse Kadie Laycock help a patient communicate with his family that are unable to visit due to hospital visiting restrictions at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, in Blackburn, England.

What It's like to Help Families Say Goodbye

June 22, 2020
"COVID-19 brutalizes bodies, but it also disempowers families who are unable to see their loved ones, sit at their bedsides and hold their hands," writes Bridget Power, MDiv '19, a chaplain resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

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