Speaking Grief

Editor’s Note:  I came upon this extraordinary documentary from PBS, and felt that it was appropriate just as we as a nation hit the 600,000 mark in COVID-19 deaths. I encourage you to visit the Speaking Grief website for its many resources beyond this documentary. 



Speaking Grief explores the transformative experience of losing a family member in a death- and grief-avoidant society. This national public media initiative includes a one-hour television documentary, media-rich website, social media campaign, and numerous community engagement events, all aimed at starting a national conversation about grief.

Moving away from the idea that grief is a problem that needs to be “fixed,” Speaking Grief validates the experience of grievers and guides those wishing to support them. There is no “right” way to grieve. By sharing diverse representations of bereavement, Speaking Grief illustrates that grief is a universal, yet individual experience.

To watch the documentary online, click the start arrow.


Speaking Grief is a project of WPSU. WPSU Penn State is a PBS and NPR member station and a service of Penn State Outreach, supporting the community as a trusted source for news, information, and education.

As a next-generation media organization, WPSU creates, curates, and distributes content on screens both large and small. We are a national leader in the creation of public media and awareness initiatives: multimedia projects that address our nation’s most pressing social issues.

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