When six members of the U-M Survival Flight crew died in a plane crash in 2007, the U-M Health System was dealing with grief on a large scale and put together a team to help employees through the grieving process.
Grief Awareness Week
The U-M Health System Grief Awareness Week is May 10-16. Most activities are focused specifically for UMHS faculty and staff, but some are also open to the community. Windows in the University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the Frankel Cardiovascular Center will be transformed into Grief Walls from May 11 to May 15.
The Grief Wall is a place for faculty, staff, patients and visitors to express their grief. Using paint markers on the windows, people can share their thoughts, emotions and coping strategies.
“The wall is very engaging for everyone,” says Harcourt. “When we first did a Grief Wall, it was quickly apparent that so many people were interacting with the wall. They wrote notes, took pictures and took the time to reflect.”
What are your words?
While the Grief Walls are located in the hospitals, here is our virtual wall. Use the comments section to share your thoughts. It’s important to focus on continuing to live life while processing grief. What are your thoughts on grief? Can you list six words that come to mind?
Take the next step:
- Learn more about grief assistance at the University of Michigan Health System.
- Connect with spiritual care at Mott or counseling, spiritual care or social work resources at UMHS.
- See the full list of Grief Awareness Week events.
For more than 160 years, the University of Michigan Health System has been a national leader in advanced patient care, innovative research to improve human health and comprehensive education of physicians and medical scientists. The three U-M hospitals have been recognized numerous times for excellence in patient care, including a #1 ranking in Michigan and national rankings in many specialty areas by U.S. News & World Report.