Holding on and Letting Go: The Red Thread of Adult Bereavement

Original live webinar event presented on April 30, 2015
This videotaped presentation is viewable online from a computer via streaming video. Once your registration and payment is received, a link will be forwarded for access to the video and instructions for taking a post-test and evaluation. All online continuing education programs require completion of a post-test and evaluation for receipt of credits.


This webinar on adult bereavement will be comprised of a discussion of the breadth of feelings and behaviors that constitute "normal" grieving, the research on continuing bonds, construction of meaning, definitional problems with the term "complicated" mourning, case examples and interventions.  

Learning goals:

  • Dispel the assumptions of what constitutes "normal grieving";
  • Consider the recent research on mourning, especially the construct of continuing bonds, meaning reconstruction and the complexities of defining complicated mourning; and
  • Describe practice-based and beginning evidence-based interventions.


Susan B. Gerbino, MSW, PhD, Certificate in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities, Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work; Coordinator, Westchester Branch Campus; Director, Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care  

Dr. Susan Gerbino has been with NYU Silver School of Social Work since 1987. She is currently the coordinator of the School’s Westchester Branch Campus; co-director of the dual-degree MSW program in social work and child development with Sarah Lawrence College; and the director of the Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care, which includes an MSW student fellowship, a post-master’s certificate for early career social workers, and a leadership fellowship for mid-career social workers.

Dr. Gerbino teaches in the MSW program as well as the Zelda Foster Studies Program. She has a private practice specializing in work with people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses and complicated bereavement.

Dr. Gerbino is the co-founder of NASW-Mentorship Program, which provides support and continuing education for recent BSW and MSW graduates. She was the 2005 NASW-NY State Social Worker of the Year for that program and for her work in the wake of September 11.