Attend special lecture March 19 on transformation after grief and loss

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is teaming with The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Hospice of the Western Reserve and Lifebanc to present “Transformation and Purpose from Grief and Loss,” a facilitated discussion with individuals who have adjusted and transformed their own grief following the loss of young children and a long-time spouse. Beth Shapiro, a Mandel School adjunct instructor, will facilitate the discussion.

The free event will be held Wednesday, March 19, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at MOCA.

Online registration is required through the Mandel School’s Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education.

This program has been approved for 1.5 CEUs for social workers and counselors for $15.

Pre-registered participants are invited to an informal reception, which begins at 4 p.m. They also are invited to tour (before or after the lecture) MOCA’s exhibit of DIRGE: Reflections on (Life and) Death, which explores how contemporary artists use their individual practices to capture, react to, reflect on, and make sense of mortality. The exhibition features painting, sculpture, video, installation, drawing, and mixed media artworks by artists both living and deceased. Works range from reflections on one’s imminent death to expressions of grief, memory, and transcendence. Rather than a study of the forces that cause death, the exhibition investigates mortality to identify and reinforce the most powerful characteristics of life. To pre-register, visit

For more information, contact Michele Murphy, director of professional development and continuing education at the Mandel School, at 216.368.2333 or