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Lean on Me: Embracing Humanity as a Radical Act of Resistance

Resources to support Highline College's Unity Week 2022


Grief Literacy 

In The Conversation (2021), Canadian social work researchers Cadell et al. explain the concept of grief literacy as "Understanding and normalizing grief can benefit everyone, from frontline health-care workers to children and educators as well as those who have experienced a death during the pandemic. The grief literacy movement aims to increase everyone’s ability to recognize grief and become more proficient in supporting ourselves and others. We define grief literacy as the ability to understand loss and act upon that understanding." 

Compassionate Communities

According to the Death Literacy Institute, "Compassionate communities are communities that develop social networks, social spaces, social policies and social conduct that support people through the many hours, days, weeks, months and sometimes years of living with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness, ageing, grief and bereavement, and long-term caregiving. (Wegleitner, Heimerl, & Kellehear, 2016. p. xiv)."

National Resources

Other Guides

Videos and Resources

In this video below, from The Social, Being Here, Human co-founder, Michelle Williams, MSW, discusses "collective grief and the grief experience of BIPOC communities."

Books and Research

Breen, Lauren J., et al. “Grief Literacy: A Call to Action for Compassionate Communities.” Death Studies, 2020, pp. 1–9, 

Breen, Lauren J. “Grief Loss and the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Australian Journal of General Practice, vol. 49, 2020,

Highline community members may access these articles for free by placing an Inter-Library request

Mental Health Resources