Anguish is seizing society: pandemic-inflicted limits on physical interaction and social engagement are taking their toll, exacerbated by recent strife and civil unrest. For many, especially Black Americans, finding ways to process all of this is more important than ever. In response, forward-thinking healing and wellness practitioners are taking a fresh approach to grief, incorporating grief management into their overall wellbeing offerings.
Journalists and media outlets have picked up on this cultural current. Mother Jones reported in May 2020 that “coronavirus has a disparate impact on Black grief,” while Well&Good proclaimed in July that “we’re in a new age of Black grief.” The growing maelstrom of isolation and trauma has spawned a spate of cross-cultural, innovative and communal healing approaches, demonstrating that managing grief is an essential endeavor that is no longer taboo or solo.
Savvy practitioners are expanding their health and wellness offerings to meet the public’s needs head on. On July 23, inclusive wellness studio HealHaus held a breathwork for grief workshop, explaining that “we are deep in a time of collective trauma and also collective grief.” In New Orleans in August, Wild Lotus Yoga and the Leona Tate Foundation for Change teamed up for Move for Justice—a three-day, live, Zoom-accessible multicultural community yoga event. The classes were about more than striking yoga poses; they manifested the foundation’s mission to “promote, improve and enhance racial equality.”