Blog + Articles

Loading Events

« All Events

Breeshia Wade: Grieving While Black

May 12 @ 7:00 pm PDT

Virtual Events

Join Breeshia Wade in conversation about Grieving While Black: An Antiracist Take on Oppression and Sorrow.

Grieving While Black is an exploration of grief from the perspective of a Buddhist end-of-life caregiver, grief coach, and doula who has worked with populations ranging from new parents to people who are incarcerated.

Most of us understand grief as sorrow experienced after a loss‚ÄĒthe death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or a change in life circumstance. Breeshia Wade approaches grief as something that is bigger than what’s already happened to us‚ÄĒas something that is connected to what we fear, what we love, and what we aspire toward. Drawing on stories from her own life as a Black woman and from the people she has midwifed through the end of life, she connects sorrow not only to specific incidents but also to the ongoing trauma that is part and parcel of systemic oppression.

Wade reimagines our relationship to power, accountability, and boundaries and points to the long-term work we must all do in order 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. Wade elucidates grief in every aspect of our lives, providing a map back to ourselves and allowing the reader to heal their innate wholeness.

Breeshia Wade is an author, Buddhist end-of-life caregiver, and grief expert. She holds a BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University and an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago. In 2018, she deepened her Buddhist practice by receiving Jukai ‚Äď a lay ordination ceremony predicated upon the formal acceptance of Zen Buddhist precepts.Wade served as a hospice and palliative care end-of-life caregiver in Los Angeles County. Over the past five years, she has supported people through grief and transitions as a birth doula and a lay-ordained Buddhist chaplain working in jails, on the mother and baby units of hospitals, and in people’s homes. She is the author of Grieving While Black.

Search for more wellness retreats, workshops and spiritual events here.


May 12
7:00 pm
Event Categories:


Banyen Books & Sound


Virtual or Live