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Coffee With A Black Guy presents – Processing Loss:

A conversation on mental health and the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 deaths on BIPOC communities.

The idea of leaning into uncomfortable conversations is rooted in the foundation of Coffee With A Black Guy. In that spirit, few people willingly talk about the inevitability of death and how to deal with it when it enters our lives.

Join a CWABG virtual community offering this upcoming Wednesday, Jan. 26th at 7 pm (Pacific) via ZoomCoffee With A Black Guy presents – Processing Loss: A conversation on mental health and the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 deaths on BIPOC communities.

Prior to Covid-19, Black people died at higher rates than their White and Hispanic counterparts, largely attributed to racial disparities in healthcare. (Some sources 1, 2, 3 )

The Covid-19 pandemic has further exacerbated that trend as Black and Brown communities have been disproportionately impacted by the worst parts of pandemic. (Some additional sources including the Covid Racial Data tracker, 2, 3, 4)

The impact of these Covid-related deaths, coupled with the processing of several highly visible cultural losses and throughout history — think Strange Fruit, the poem-turned song sung by Billie Holiday — provides context for an engaging and enlightening conversation about processing loss and grief. A topic that has great universality, but with layers of cultural specificity.

In this important community conversation, CWABG founder, James Joyce III, will be joined by Michael Cruse, Bereavement Services Manager for Hospice of Santa Barbara to discuss these important, but often brushed over topics.

This conversation is sponsored by Hospice of Santa Barbara, Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association, Red Canary Collective and will be hosted on location at Oniracom.

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