Towards humanizing support for the bereaved: Post-pandemic perspectives In light of the experience of the past months, it is vitally important to understand pandemic-related grief in order to improve the quality of accompaniment provided to the bereaved and to comprehend the short- and long-term impacts of pandemic-related grief on our society.

Jean-Marc Barreau, holder of Université de Montréal’s Jean-Monbourquette Chair, is proud to announce that the University will host an international conference on the problematic of pandemic- and post-pandemic-related grief and the process of accompaniment. The conference, titled “Pour une humanisation de l’accompagnement des personnes endeuillées : perspectives postpandémiques” (Towards humanizing support of the bereaved: post-pandemic perspectives), will be held May 19 and 20, 2022, at the Complexe MIL, Université de Montréal.

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"In the wake of a pandemic that has brought upheaval to so many institutions and caused such great suffering, it is vital to bring together all those desiring training in the field of grief support to collaborate in exploring potential solutions that can be both effective and humanizing. Many internationally recognized researchers and specialists will be in attendance,” says Jean-Marc Barreau, who holds the Jean-Monbourquette Chair in social support for the bereaved at the Université de Montréal. 
The Conference on Grief 2022 will be informative, educational, humane and accessible to everyone, since it is addressed to professionals in the field as well as to all who want to understand and learn about grief in the present and coming contexts. The 2022 edition of the Conference will feature numerous activities, such as conference presentations, round tables, workshops, etc.

The event will bring together numerous specialists in the field of grief, to name a few: Johanne de Montigny, psychologist and specialist in bereavement support and a personal acquaintance of the late Jean Monbourquette, for whom the Chair is named; Luce Des Aulniers, internationally recognized anthropologist, who will discuss cultural mourning and its evolution; Jacques Cherblanc from UQAC who will speak on the dehumanization of mourning in times of pandemic; and Mélanie Vachon of UQAM, who will present her project "J'accompagne" which proposes virtual support communities for the bereaved.

The Montreal event, which can be attended in person or virtually, has come to be considered an essential resource for those involved in the study of grief and the examination of crucial issues surrounding the support of the bereaved. Examples include institutions such as CHSLDs, palliative care institutions, hospitals, etc. 
"Any person who, directly or indirectly, is called upon to accompany the bereaved is encouraged to participate. Similarly, all professionals in the field of grief support are invited to attend, such as health professionals, social workers, funeral service professionals and, indeed, any person who wishes to receive training in the accompaniment of the bereaved will discover a wealth of valuable and useful information in this conference. All are welcome,” stated Prof. Barreau in conclusion.

When: Thursday and Friday, May 19 and 20, 2022
Where: Complexe MIL, Université de Montréal
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The Chaire Jean-Monbourquette sur le soutien social des personnes endeuillées (Chair in social support for the bereaved) brings together the expertise of researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the Université de Montréal. It is a key actor in training and research in the field of social support for the bereaved.
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