I'm Dr. Jo, founder of the international NGO the MISS Foundation, author of the award winning best seller, "Bearing the Unbearable: Love, loss, and the heartbreaking path of grief", Professor at Arizona State University and director of the Graduate Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement Program there, and a bereaved mom since the death of my daughter in 1994. Our work at the Selah Carefarm was featured on Oprah and Prince Harry's docuseries, "The Me You Can't See" in 2021. The Associated Press ran a feature story about our work in 2022 here.
I am a committed and pragmatic scholar, ranked in the top 2% amongst scholars in my field using a composite measure (h-index, hm-index, order of authorship, and other relevant variables while also controlling for self-citations) in a study of the world’s top 100,000 of 8 million scientists worldwide (Ioannidis, J.P.A., Boyack, K.W., & Baas, J. (2020). Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators. PLoS Biology, 18(10), e3000918).
Some Areas of Practice and Research
Traumatic grief, carefarming, human-animal connection, ecotherapy, cultural sensitivity, ahimsa, meditation and yoga, philosophical sustainability
Watch "The Me You Can't See" on Apple TV
The grief resources I've listed are for grievers of all ages from all backgrounds as well as for family, friends, providers, and co-workers in communities. You'll find everything from helpful tips and articles on how best to support the bereaved, how to educate yourself to improve coping, and how to connect with others.
In addition, I've posted just a few of my published, peer reviewed research studies that are open access for the benefit of the public (for personal use only) and for provider education.
If you are a provider and would like to be certified in our Compassionate Bereavement Care (tm) model, our program runs twice a year. You can apply online for the next training, in person or via video streaming, and receive 30 CEUs.