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NHFA June 2023 Webinar

Download the recording from our June 2023 Webinar! This 90-minute event was led by Marc Markell and focused on grief & people with disabilities.



This presentation focuses on the experiences of people with disabilities as they grieve. Many people with disabilities experience disenfranchised grief, which means they do not receive the same level of support as people without disabilities. Although grief is highly individual, some people with disabilities who are grieving may have needs unique to this population. This presentation will cover person-centered and identity-first approaches to engaging people with disabilities; how people with disabilities may experience cyclical grief in regards to their experience of disability; and tips for companioning disabled people on their grief journeys.


Marc Markell is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Special Education at St. Cloud State University. He currently teaches at Worsham College of Mortuary Science and will soon teach several courses in the Master of Thanatology program at Edgewood College. Marc also teaches Our Whole Lives for K-1st and 4-5th graders and Death Education to 2nd and 3rd graders and 6th and 7th graders at Mayflower United Church of Christ.

Marc has published three books on grief, several book chapters, and numerous articles. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and Educational Psychology. He is a certified Professional Development Specialist through the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He is a certified Thanatologist through the Association of Death Educators and Counseling, and certified in Death and Grief Studies from Colorado State University through the Center for Loss and Life Transition.  Marc is also a certified parent coach. Marc has earned the following certifications/training from national professional organizations: End-of-Life Doula, Crematory Operator, Funeral Arranger, and Celebrant. He has presented locally, nationally, and internationally. 

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