Experiencing and Coping with Grief and Vicarious Trauma during COVID-19 Pandemic

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Experiencing and Coping with Grief and Vicarious Trauma during COVID-19 Pandemic training on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Presented by Chaplain Chris Druce Jones, Director of Chaplaincy for Rosecrance Health Network.



The COVID-19 Pandemic has greatly impacted our lives and world leading many to experience severe grief due to various types of loss and change. In addition to this loss and change, some have also the effects of vicarious trauma that many workers experience as they help people that have experienced suffering, trauma, and other life changing events. Grief refers to the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors connected to the loss of something important. It could be the loss of a relationship, a loved one, a job, an object, or anything else a person values. Vicarious trauma comes from the cumulative effect on the person through contact with those who have experienced traumatic events in their lives. This cumulative effect leads to changes in a person’s psychological, physical, and spiritual well-being.


From this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Understanding the meaning of grief and vicarious trauma
  • Recognize grief and vicarious trauma as normal experiences in life as we are exposed to others’ suffering and loss
  • Learn healthy and effective ways of coping with loss and vicarious trauma
  • Explore resilience building strategies to sustain oneself in the continued exposure to loss


Chaplain Christopher T. Druce Jones serves as Director of Chaplaincy for Rosecrance Health Network, providing spiritual leadership to Substance use/Mental Health residential adult and adolescent clients. He provides spirituality care services through weekly spirituality lectures, individual spiritual counseling, special worship services, and spiritual support to staff. In addition to spiritual care services, he also facilitates groups on grief and loss and vicarious trauma. Chaplain Chris has extensive experience in administration, organizational management and leadership, as well as, leadership development and group facilitation. His areas of specialization are grief and loss, vicarious trauma, and organizational leadership and revitalization. Chaplain Chris is a former United Methodist clergy of 20 years. He pastored churches within the Northern Illinois Conference. Chaplain Chris is a United States Army/Army Reserve veteran. He earned a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Master of Divinity from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He joined the Rosecrance staff as Chaplain of Harrison Campus on July 17, 2017.

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