The Impact of Disenfranchised Grief on African American Communities (Member Only Webinar)

10oct11:00 am12:30 pmThe Impact of Disenfranchised Grief on African American Communities (Member Only Webinar)SDAHO Webinar

Event Details

October 10 at 11am CST/10am MST (90 minute session)

Disenfranchised grief occurs when a loss is stigmatized or is not socially validated. At times the stigmatization and invalidation of grief is intertwined, consciously or unconsciously, in racial bias and racist ideology that results in a lack of empathy for the bereaved. Therefore, empathic failures (or the lack of empathy) can negatively influence grief support and disenfranchise the grief of African Americans, who have faced discrimination throughout US history. This program will identify how African American grief is disenfranchised, its effect on African American communities, and how to correct injustices that result in a paucity of grief support for African Americans.

  • Define disenfranchised grief (DG) and use that information to develop a theory-based framework to guide a better understanding of how structural racism and DG negatively
    impact African Americans in grief.
  • Examine the interconnectedness of empathic failures to discrimination, racial identity, and bias.
  • Identify culturally attuned strategies to help African Americans navigate disenfranchised


Presenter: Doneila McIntosh, MDiv, MA

Doneila McIntosh, MDiv, MA, is currently a third-year doctoral student at the University of
Minnesota in Family Social Science with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Doneila has a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (M.A.). She is psychotherapist at the African American Child Wellness Institute (AACWI) in Minneapolis. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, she worked as a chaplain for nearly 10 years. A systemic interventionist, Doneila primarily works with couples and families.

She specializing in compassionate grief therapy helping clients navigate the intersections of trauma, grief, and loss. She utilizes the African Centered Wellness Model© to work with clients and is also trained in a variety of modalities including Mindfulness Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Self-Compassion (MSC). Doneila’s research aligns with her previous work as a chaplain where she explores the intersections of disenfranchised grief among African American families, particularly in the aftermath of violent death.


This webinar is available to SDAHO members only. Registration is free and includes the recording and handouts. Click here to register.


(Tuesday) 11:00 am - 12:30 pm