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Thursday, February 9 
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

Loss of a loved one is something everyone experiences, and for as long as humans have existed, we have struggled when a loved one dies. Poets and playwrights have written about the dark cloak of grief, the deep yearning, and devastating heartache of loss.


But until now, we have had little scientific perspective on this universal experience. In THE GRIEVING BRAIN: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss, renowned grief expert, Mary Frances O’Connor, PhD, shares groundbreaking discoveries about what happens in our brain when we grieve and provides a new paradigm for understanding love, loss, and learning. 

Based on Dr. O’Connor’s own trailblazing neuroimaging work and real-life stories, The Grieving Brain brings together accessible science and practical knowledge that provides a more nuanced understanding of what happens when we grieve and how to navigate loss with more ease and grace. 

Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor is a neuroscientist, psychologist, and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona where she directs the Grief, Loss and Social Stress (GLASS) which investigates the effects of grief on the brain and the body. She also has the distinction of being the first recipient of The Friends of Semel/Drown Foundation Research Scholar Award in 2006. Dr. Frances has devoted decades to researching the effects of grief on the brain and reveals a fascinating new window into one of the hallmark experiences of being human. 

Brenda Bursch, PhD will join Dr. O'Connor in discussion. Dr. Bursch is a medical psychologist and a professor in the UCLA departments of both Psychiatry and Pediatrics. She spent 30 years working with medically ill youth hospitalized in Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. In recent years, she has been working to embed medical psychologists into many of the UCLA subspecialty pediatric medical clinics.   

To watch videos of our past Open Mind programs, please visit our YouTube Channel

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