Coping with Secondary Effects of the Pandemic: Dealing with Grief and Loss

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Are you or someone you know dealing with grief and loss because of the pandemic?

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Registar for our free Zoom conference on grief and loss! The Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps - Trauma Resilience Team is hosting this virtual conference to create a space for people who have experienced grief and loss due to the pandemic. Whether it is the loss of a loved one, coworker, friend or experiencing other types of loss, such as, loss of financial stability, food security, housing, and safety. All are welcome!

In this 3-hour conference will cover the basics of grief and loss, local resources in Pierce County, practical tools to improve one’s ability to cope, and build resiliency.

To make this information more accessible the live conference will be recorded and uploaded for viewing after the event on November 6th. Please note if you go on camera or unmute yourself during the live event it will be in the recording, use your discretion.

For more information about the Trauma Resilience Team, and the Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps please visit

Thank you to our sponsers

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Rainier Olympic Nurses Association

Heather Stang, MA, founder of Mindfulness and Grief Institute

Heather Stang is a thanatologist, mindfulness speaker, and author of Mindfulness & Grief: With Guided Meditations To Calm Your Mind & Restore Your Spirit. Her focus on teaching others to use mindfulness-based techniques to reduce stress, cope with grief, and cultivate personal growth is inspired by her own journey of love, loss and posttraumatic growth. She is best known for using present moment awareness to relieve suffering, cope with and eventually reengage with life after loss. She offers online grief support and grief coaching using mindfulness-based practices and principles of yoga therapy. Learn more about Heather at

Josie Hansen, RN, Grief Yoga Movement Facilitator, Certified Health Coach

Josie Hansen graduated from Mankato State University in with a B.S. in Sociology. This began her lifelong dedication to the observation of people and their health. In 2003, she shifted from observation to hands on work by earning her medical massage therapy license from Clover Park Technical Institute. Her desire to better understand how to help people with their health conditions inspired her to earn her registered nursing degree in 2012 from Tacoma Community College. To balance life’s stresses and challenges, she became a certified yoga teacher through My Vinyasa Practice in 2019. She immediately completed the Yoga Nurse Training with Annette Tersigni, RN to blend the skills of nursing and yoga. As a result of the COVID19 pandemic, she realized grief had become a dominant byproduct. To assist and support people to find their wisdom, guidance, and healing in the processing of grief through yoga she earned Grief Yoga Movement certification with Paul Denniston of Grief Yoga. Rounding out her skills of support, she has earned her Grief Coaching to her Health and Life Coach certifications. Most recently, she completed the inaugural Certified Grief Educator course by grief expert, David Kessler.

She is deeply honored to be a part of today’s event and share her knowledge and experience with all of you.

Dr. Russ Peters

Dr. Russ Peters has over 25 years of experience in crisis and trauma intervention and response. Since 2013 Dr. Peters has served as the Crisis and Trauma Intervention Chaplain and Peer Support Team Trainer for the Tacoma Fire Department.

His goal is to serve the community and 1st responders and their families through providing: counseling, training, complete guidance, emotional support, and comprehensive advocacy, as well as crisis support for individuals experiencing traumatic events, including assessment to evaluate needs and risks, and planning for appropriate care

Dr. Cheryl Hart, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist: Keynote Speaker

Completion of Psy.D. degree from APA-accredited John F. Kennedy University, in Pleasant Hill, California in 2004.

Dr. Hart has 17 years of specialty in treatment of anxiety, 14 years of specialty in PTSD treatment using EMDR, 12 years of experience working with L&I, 2 years of consulting within the federal Disability Determination system. Extensive training and professional experience in psychological evaluation and treatment planning with populations ranging from basic/average people to severely and chronically mentally ill patients. A year of counseling training in a Chemical Dependency treatment program, and quite a few years working with various types of first responders through L&I (more often than not, with severe PTSD, Major Depression, and suicidality). Dr. Hart primarily sees first responders and L&I clients.

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