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Black Grief and Healing

Why We Need to Talk About Health Inequality, Trauma and Loss
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"When Black people mourn, it is not only for the passing of loved ones. As a community, Black people will also be mourning the systemic inequalities, racial prejudices and oppressions we experience daily."

The stories and poems in this anthology illuminate the unique ways loss affects the Black community, and the effects of the widespread lack of understanding of traditional rituals and beliefs. They show us how experiences of collective loss during the pandemic, the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire and ongoing systemic health inequalities are experienced not just as individuals but also as part of a global community. Contributors from a range of backgrounds, professions, and identities discuss the challenges of grieving under the shadow of continuing adversity, including threats of deportation. Sources of strength and healing are also explored, from personal and spiritual responses to community initiatives and activism.

Poignant and inspiring, these are stories we all need to read, and provide us with insights into lives and losses which are all too often misunderstood and sidelined.
  • Published: Sep 19 2024
  • Pages: 256
  • ISBN: 9781839973277
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Press Reviews

  • Yvette Williams MBE, Justice 4 Grenfell campaign

    An insightful exploration of systemic inequality, grief, and trauma in Black communities. This book offers poignant essays, including powerful narratives on the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower Fire, that disproportionately impacted global majority families, shedding light on the complexities of loss and the resilience of marginalised communities amidst devastating grief and finding ways to heal, juxtaposed to an ongoing fight for Justice.
  • Liz Rothschild – Outside the Box – Everyday Experiences of Death, Bereavement and Life. PCCS

    These voices from the black community emanate compassion, authenticity, outrage and a new vision. We must all heed this drumbeat and review our practise and experience in the light of these truths. Grief is not colour blind.