Grieving While Black: An Antiracist Take on Oppression and Sorrow

Grieving While Black: An Antiracist Take on Oppression and Sorrow

by Breeshia Wade

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Overview

A groundbreaking exploration of grief and racial trauma through the eyes of a Black end-of-life caregiver.

Most of us understand grief as sorrow experienced upon the loss of someone or something we love—the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or a change in life circumstance.

Grieving While Back: An Anti-Racist Take on Oppression and Sorrow approaches grief as something that is bigger than what's already happened to us—as something that is connected to what we fear, what we love and what we aspire towards. Because grief impacts our relationship with ourselves and each other, and our social location determines the amount of harm we are able to inflict against others, systemic oppression can be interpreted as the result of our unprocessed but inescapable relationship to loss.

Thoughtful and inspiring, this innovative work re-imagines our relationship to power, accountability, and boundaries and points to the long-term work that needs to be done to address systemic trauma perpetuated within our interpersonal relationships. Each of us has a moral obligation to attend to our own grief so that we can responsibly engage with others. Grieving While Black elucidates grief in every aspect of our lives, providing a map back to ourselves and allowing the reader to encounter their innate wholeness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623175511
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 02/23/2021
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

BREESHIA WADE holds a B.A in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University and an M.A in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago. She completed Upaya Zen Center's 2-year Buddhist Chaplaincy program.

Wade served as a hospice and palliative care end-of life caregiver in LA County. Over the past 5 years, Wade has supported people through grief and transitions as a birth doula and a lay ordained Buddhist chaplain working in jails, on the MotherBaby Units of hospitals, and in people's homes. Wade uses her practice as an end-of-life caregiver to encourage those who are not facing illness, death, or dying to be open to what grief can teach them about relationship, life, failure, sex, and desire.

She wishes to expand the world's conception of grief beyond concrete loss, and call attention to the numerous ways our experiences of grief impact the way we (mis)understand power, craft self-image, approach boundaries, conflict, and accountability.

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