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Traumatic Loss Resources
For Children, Teens and Families

Suffocated Grief and Black Youth Coping with Loss
Thursday, February 9, 2023
Presenter: Tashel C. Bordere, PhD, CT

CaringMatters was honored to host Dr. Tashel C. Bordere, a well-respected,nationally-known expert in the field of children's bereavement, for this important webinar.  This interactive presentation is designed to contextualize the multidimensional components that characterize loss, trauma, and suffocated grief for youth and families from marginalized backgrounds with focus on Black youth and families. Research, theory, and case examples will be integrated as we examine systemic inequities in loss and coping and some practices that are essential to culturally relevant support of bereaved Black youth.


  • Describe patterns of loss, bereavement and suffocated grief among youth and families of marginalized backgrounds with focus on Black youth

  • Examine coping in multiple contexts (social, familial, education systems)

  • Discuss culturally relevant, evidence-based approaches to supporting bereaved children, teens and families socially located from positions of marginality


Presenter: Tashel C. Bordere, PhD, CT

Tashel C. Bordere, PhD, CT is an author, internationally-known speaker, and grant-funded researcher at the Center for Family Policy and Research at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is Vice-President of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief and serves on the Board of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and Advisory Council of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Dr. Bordere is a former Forward Promise Fellow (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) and has received numerous awards including the Ronald K. Barrett National Award (ADEC) and 2022 Excellence in Engagement in Outreach Award at the University of Missouri. Her research, publications, consultations, and trainings focus on cultural trauma, stigmatized loss (homicide loss), Black youth and family bereavement, suffocated grief (a term she coined), and culturally relevant research and practices. She has a co-edited/co-written book - Handbook of Social Justice in Loss and Grief (Routledge).

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