Lisa Keefauver in conversation with Brennan Wood

We are pleased to welcome Lisa Keefauver who will be discussing her new book Grief is a Sneaky Bitch: An Uncensored Guide to Navigating Loss published by University of Texas Press. She will be joined in conversation with Brennan Wood, Executive Director of the Dougy Center.

Grief is a Sneaky Bitch is a comprehensive and compassionate guide to navigating loss. When social worker Lisa Keefauver became a widow in 2011, she was alarmed to discover that even though 100 percent of us experience loss, we're living in a grief illiterate world. In her work as a therapist, and in her search for help in the wake of her own loss, Keefauver began to see how the misguided stories we consume about grief lead to unnecessary suffering. Responding to the problematic narratives that grief is something to move on from after completing the five stages like some sort of to-do list, Keefauver became a grief activist. Through this book and her hit podcast of the same title, she creates a safe place to be inside the messiness of it all, to discover the full spectrum of grief, and to find the tools that help grievers move forward, not on. Grief is a Sneaky Bitch is a comprehensive guide--both a manual full of insights and skills and, even more importantly, a thoughtful companion that helps readers feel seen and held. Keefauver shares her personal and professional wisdom alongside the lessons she's learned from clinicians, authors, poets, and friends. In place of rigid instructions and must-do checklists, Grief is a Sneaky Bitch invites reflection, encourages self-compassion, and explores the therapeutic power of humor with, yes, a bit of profanity.

Lisa Keefauver is a social worker, grief activist, and founder of Reimagining Grief. She is an adjunct professor of loss and grief at the University of Texas at Austin, an organizational consultant, and a keynote speaker (including at TEDx). In 2019, she created the popular podcast Grief is a Sneaky Bitch.

Brennan Wood is the Executive Director of the Dougy Center: The National Grief Center for Children & Families. She walked through the doors of the Dougy Center for the first time in 1987 when her mother Doris died three days after she turned 12 years old. Brennan's life came full circle when she became Dougy Center's Executive Director in 2015. She is the author of A Kids Book About Grief, serves on the National Advisory Council for The Children's Collaborative, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Children's Grief. She was the 2020 Light-a-Fire Award Extraordinary Executive Director and a 2022 Women of Influence Award recipient. As a grieving child herself, Brennan knows firsthand the importance of a community of support, and she strives to provide the same opportunity she had to other children and families who are grieving everywhere. Brennan loves honoring her mother's legacy by making every day a celebration.


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Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 6:00pm
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ISBN: 9781477329306
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Published: University of Texas Press - June 4th, 2024