BCH Solidarity & Healing 2022

As we continue to process and grieve the loss of life that resulted from the recent horrific events in Uvalde, TX, and Buffalo, NY, we wanted to set aside some much-needed time to come together collectively to gain comfort from one another and acknowledge the pain that we all are experiencing.

Please join us on Thursday, June 2nd, from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. for a special virtual session of Solidarity and Healing. The 30-minute Zoom webinar will include opening remarks from BCH leadership, testimonials from the BCH Black Caucus and the BCH Chicanx Latinx Campus Association, a reflection from Spiritual Care Services, and sharing of some opportunities for collective actions that our BCH community can take toward positive change.

BCH Solidarity & Healing - zoom webinar

Thursday, June 2 | 12 pm – 12:30 pm


Co-sponsored by the BCH DEI/AR Council, BCH Black Caucus, BCH Chicanx Latinx Campus Association, and the UCSF Spiritual Services


A Message from our BCH DEI/AR Council Co-Chairs

Dear BCH Community,

All of our hearts are heavy as we once again face the unimaginable. Against the backdrop of continued anti-Asian and anti-transgender hate crimes, Black grocery shoppers were targeted and 10 were left dead in Buffalo New York. Then, mass shooting after mass shooting transpired beginning with 19 children and 2 teachers dead in Uvalde Texas, culminating in more than a dozen mass shootings over the Memorial Day Weekend. 

Our faith in our ability to indeed provide a climate that is healthy, safe and welcoming for all is being sorely tested. At BCH, we find strength and focus in our shared mission, but we acknowledge that this is a time for us to grieve, to process and to support one another. Then we must give, act and insure that we rise above this chaos for the sake of our children.

Hymn For The Hurting

 © Amanda Gorman     May 31, 2022

Everything hurts, 
Our hearts shadowed and strange, 
Minds made muddied and mute. 
We carry tragedy, terrifying and true. 
And yet none of it is new; 
We knew it as home, 
As horror, 
As heritage. 
Even our children 
Cannot be children, 
Cannot be. 
Everything hurts. 
It’s a hard time to be alive, 
And even harder to stay that way. 
We’re burdened to live out these days, 
While at the same time, blessed to outlive them. 
This alarm is how we know 
We must be altered — 
That we must differ or die, 
That we must triumph or try. 
Thus while hate cannot be terminated, 
It can be transformed 
Into a love that lets us live. 
May we not just grieve, but give: 
May we not just ache, but act; 
May our signed right to bear arms 
Never blind our sight from shared harm; 
May we choose our children over chaos. 
May another innocent never be lost. 
Maybe everything hurts, 
Our hearts shadowed & strange. 
But only when everything hurts 
May everything change. 




In 2022, the 8th National Gun Violence Awareness Day falls on June 3, the first Friday of the month. That will kick off Wear Orange Weekend on June 3-5. 

Why orange?

On January 21, 2013, Hadiya Pendleton marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. One week later, Hadiya was shot and killed on a playground in Chicago. Soon after this tragedy, Hadiya’s friends commemorated her life by wearing orange, the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. Wear Orange is now observed every June. Thousands of people wear the color orange to honor Hadiya and the more than 40,000 people who are killed with guns and approximately 85,000 who are shot and wounded every year.

Local Wear Orange Events

March for Our Lives 

Born out of a tragic school shooting, March For Our Lives is a courageous youth-led movement dedicated to promoting civic engagement, education, and direct action by youth to eliminate the epidemic of gun violence.

In the days after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, we knew we had to make sure that what happened to our community never happens again.

We cannot allow one more person to be killed by senseless gun violence. We cannot allow one more person to experience the pain of losing a loved one. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or a text that never comes. We cannot allow the normalization of gun violence to continue. We must create a safe and compassionate nation for all of us.


Everytown is the largest gun violence prevetion organization in America. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, life-saving laws have been thwarted by the gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives. But something is changing. More than 8 million mayors, moms, teachers, survivors, gun owners,students, and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. Everytown starts with you, and it starts in your neighborhood. By introducing evidence-based solutions in every town, we can end gun violence.

Supporting Racial Justice Organizations in the Bay Area 



Faculty and Staff Assistance Program 

As members of the UCSF Campus and Health community, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) invites all faculty, staff, residents, postdocs, and clinical fellows to use our confidential employee assistance services, which are provided at no cost. We are staffed by licensed psychologists and postdoctoral trainees who provide confidential, brief psychological counseling to individuals and a wide variety of consultation services to the organization.

Please email us at [email protected] to make an appointment. We are now scheduling new client appointments end of June 2022. In your email, please indicate:

  • A few dates/times (no weekends/no evenings/no 12-1pm appointments due to lunch hour) that work well for you starting the week of 6/27/22, and
  • If you prefer a phone or Zoom session

Due to the high volume of requests, we may get back to you within 3-5 days.


Claremont EAP

(for BCH OAK Staff Only)

Consultation & Referral - A cornerstone of our program is the management consultation process. When employees are having personal issues impacting the workplace, we can help with formal and informal referrals to EAP.

Critical Incident Response - When your workplace experiences a disruptive event, like death of a co-worker, robbery, natural disaster, accident, lay-off, etc., Claremont can help. A licensed counselor is available 24/7/365 to provide telephonic support. We can also provide an on-site counselor trained in critical incident response. We also offer printed materials for distribution, as appropriate.

Student Health and Counseling Services 

  • Our counseling and psychiatry model has been adjusted to meet the immediate needs of students and to preserve the health of students and staff.
  • All in-person visits have been curtailed. All visits will be conducted by phone or HIPAA-compliant Zoom meeting.
  • If you would like to discuss your concerns and options for getting help, you can schedule an initial consultation appointment via the portal.
    This consists of a 20 to 25 minute phone call with a counselor at SHCS. If you encounter any challenges with scheduling, please give us a call at 415-476-1281 so that we may assist you.
  • If you have a current mental health provider and would like an appointment with your provider, please contact them via secure message.
  • Next Day web booked appointments are available via the portal (can be scheduled 24 hours in advance).
  • Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • For after-hours support, including evenings and weekends, please call 415-476-1281 (option 2) to speak with a mental health clinician.
  • You can access the following options below on your own or have your provider help you:
    • LiveHealth Online for primary care and mental health care
    • TAO for mental health self-help
    • Text STEVE to 741741 to access a live, culturally sensitive, text-based Crisis Counselor

UCSF Spiritual Care Services 

Clinical Sciences Building (CSB)
UCSF Spiritual Care Services, Box 0356
521 Parnassus Ave, Room 0104
San Francisco, CA [ZIP if using USPS/UPS/FedEx: 94117; otherwise ZIP is: 94143]

phone 415-353-1941

The Rev. Susan P. Conrad
ACPE Certified Educator and Director of Spiritual Care Services

E-mail to Susan Conrad

or The Rev. Beth E. Godfrey
ACPE Certified Educator and Manager of Spiritual Care Services

E-mail to Beth Godfrey


UCSF Spiritual Care Services

Spiritual Care Services facilitates religious rituals and personal spiritual practices and provides emotional support and exploration of issues that are of meaning and value to patients, their families and loved ones, and UCSF faculty, staff, and students.  Chaplains aim to support everyone in their spiritual journeys, whatever paths they may choose – including those who do not hold to any religious affiliation.  We are available 24 hours every day by contacting our on-call pagers (at Parnassus, Mount Zion, and Mission Bay) or the on-call Voalté phone (at Mission Bay).  On Mondays through Fridays, chaplains – including staff chaplains and interns – visit patients during the daytime. During evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays, an on-duty chaplain responds to all requests and referrals. Chaplains make approximately 60,000 inpatient visits annually.



Helping Kids Grieve - Sesame Street in Communities

Coping with the death of a loved one brings enormous challenges for the whole family. Grieving may never completely end, but working through the difficult feelings can become easier with time. Through support, open conversations, and finding ways to keep the person’s memory alive, families can begin healing together.

Be Honest and Concrete: Tips for Talking to Kids About Death by Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner - NPR, May 28, 2020

Whether it's a family pet or a loved one, every child will experience a death at some point — and their parents will likely struggle to explain it. We revisit the Mr. Hooper episode of Sesame Street, which provides a master class in talking about death and grief with young children.

Responding to Change & Loss toolkit - National Alliance of Grieving Children

The NAGC would like to encourage everyone to prioritize self-care. For many of us, there is grief in the loss of normalcy, and we encourage you to hold space for that. We want you to know you are not alone in the experience, the challenges it may be creating and the feelings that may be surfacing. In response to this, the NAGC (with the support of Alex Cares for Grieving Youth®) has released the booklet "Coping with Change and Loss" to be shared freely with families. 

Supporting Students Coping with Grief - MSW Degrees

The informatiomal guidebook provides research- and expert-driven information and tips on how grief affects children and young adults and how education professionals can help them navigate their feelings and remain successful in school.

Online Resources
  • Parenting - Offers a wide array of resources for parents.
  • Parmenter Foundation - Provides hope and support for our community members who are grieving or in need of compassionate end-of-life care.
  • Courageous Parent's Network - A destination created by families, for families, to support, guide and strengthen them as they care for very sick children.
  • What's Your Grief? - Their mission is to promote grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways.
  • Alliance for Grieving Children - Their mission is to raise awareness about the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provide education and resources to anyone who wants to support them.
  • Children's Grief.net  - Helping children with grief and trauma.
  • Widowed Parent - The Widowed Parent project is committed to supporting widowed mothers and fathers with children in the home.

Suggested Reading List: For Adults Helping Children Grieve

  • Childs-Gowell, Elaine, Good Grief Rituals: Tools for Healing
  • Coles, Robert, The Spiritual Life of Children
  • Doka, Kenneth J., Children Mourning: Mourning Children
  • Fitzgerald, Helen, The Grieving Child: A Parent's Guide
  • Fox, S., Helping Groups of Children When a Friend Dies
  • Fry, Virginia Lynn, Part of Me Died, Too: Stories of Creative Survival Among Bereaved Children and Teeneagers
  • Furman, Erma, A Child's Parent Dies
  • Goldman, Linda, Life and Loss: A Guide to Helping Grieiving Children
  • Gordon, Audrey and Klass, D., They Need to Know: How to Teach Children About Death
  • Grollman, Earl A., Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child
  • Grollman, Earl A., Bereaved Children and Teens
  • Huntley, Theresa, Helping Children Grieve: When Someone They Love Dies
  • Jarratt, Claudia Jewett, Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss
  • Krementz, Jill, How It Feels When a Parent Dies
  • Kroen, William C., Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One: A Guide for Grownups
  • Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth, On Children and Death
  • LeShan, Eda, Learning to Say Goodbye: When a Child's Parent Dies
  • Lord, Janice Harris, No Time for Goodbyes: Coping with Sorrow, Anger and Injustice after a Tragic Death
  • Lord, Janice Harris, Beyond Sympathy: How to Help Another Through Injury, Illness or Loss
  • Menten, Ted, Gentle Closings: How to Say Goodbye to Someone You Love
  • Schaefer, D. & Lyons, C., How Do We Tell the Children? Helping Children Understand and Cope When Someone Dies
  • Stein, Sara Bonnett, About Dying: An Open Family Book for Parents and Children Together
  • Trozzi, Maria, Talking with Children About Loss: Words, Strategieis and Wisdom to Help Children Cope with Death, Divorce and other Difficult Times
  • Wolfelt, A., Helping Children Cope with Grief
  • Worden, J. William, Children and Grief: When a Parent Dies
  • Ziegler, Robert G., Homemade Books to Help Kids Cope