Grieve, Breathe, Rest: A Space to Mourn and Rest in Times of COVID

From fighting the pandemic to fighting injustice, many mission-driven individuals are feeling burned out these days. It’s not just a matter of too much work, but also a reflection of the energy required to navigate a time marked by isolation, discord, and profound loss.


With nearly a million lives lost worldwide due to COVID-19, including over 200,000 Americans, there has been no collective mourning, no space during days of unyielding work and advocacy to come together — if even for a moment — to simply grieve, breathe, and rest.


Co-hosted by Rishi Manchanda, President of HealthBegins, and Varun Soni, Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, this 50-minute online forum will include a prayer and moment of silence to mourn patients, colleagues, and loved ones lost to the pandemic, a guided meditation on rest and spiritual sustenance, and a fireside chat about restorative practices, justice, and self-preservation among leaders in public health, health care, and health equity.


*Out of respect for the mourners who attended this event, HealthBegins is not publishing the recording.*

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