David Schuck is a rabbi at Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle, New York. He also is an adjunct lecturer in the Jewish Theological Seminary’s professional and pastoral skills department of the rabbinical school.
Dr. Kathy Shear is the founder and director of the Center for Complicated Grief at the Columbia School of Social Work. She is an internist and a psychiatrist.
The Rev. Jon A. Overvold is president of the board of directors for the Association of Professional Chaplains. He is the manager of pastoral care and education at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Overvold is also an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Sally Karioth is a faculty member of the Florida State University College of Nursing. She teaches one of the university’s most popular courses, called ”Death, the Individual and the Family.”
Emily Smith-Greenaway is an associate professor of sociology and spatial sciences at the University of Southern California. Smith-Greenaway authored a research article called “Tracking the reach of COVID-19 kin loss with a bereavement multiplier applied to the United States.”
David Kessler is an expert on grief and loss. He is an author and wrote Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief.
Imam Saad Jalloh is the spiritual leader of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York. Throughout the pandemic, he has offered support for those caring for the sick and dying at local hospitals.
Bryant Hightower is president of the National Funeral Directors Association’s board of directors and works for Martin & Hightower Funeral Home in Carrollton, Georgia. Contact Jessica Koth for media requests.