Published on January 05, 2022

Annual Conference Looks at Coping with Grief During Uncertain Times

Each year, MyMichigan Health’s Spiritual Care Conference engages the community in exploring spiritual matters as they relate to health and health care. The purpose of the conference is to help meet the spiritual needs of patients and to better serve families and staff.

This year’s conference will be held on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at the Great Health Banquet & Convention Center, located at 5121 Bay City Road in Midland. Check-in and continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m., and the presentation will begin at 9 a.m.

Author and keynote speaker, Claire Bidwell Smith, will give a presentation exploring the individual and collective grief we’ve experienced over the past two years, reveal ways to navigate and better understand how we grieve and share effective coping strategies for managing anxiety in uncertain times.

Bidwell Smith is a therapist specializing in grief and the author of three books including Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief. Led by her own experiences with loss and fueled by her work in hospice and private practice, Bidwell Smith strives to provide support for all kinds of people experiencing all kinds of grief. In addition to having given dozens of talks on loss, Bidwell Smith has written for and been featured in many publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, MSNBC, CNN. Oprah Magazine and Psychology Today. She is also the host of Lemonada Media’s popular podcast New Day.

The conference is free, but space is limited. Those who would like to attend may register at Those needing assistance with registration may contact MyMichigan Health Line at (989) 837-9090.

Support for this free conference is provided by the MyMichigan Health Foundation.