Published on February 14, 2022

Annual Conference Looks at Coping with Grief During Uncertain Times

Each year, MyMichigan Health’s Spiritual Care Conference engages the community in exploring spiritual matters as they relate to health and health care. The purpose of the conference is to help meet the spiritual needs of patients and to better serve families and staff.

This year’s conference was initially scheduled to be held in January, and has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 14, 2022, at the Great Hall Banquet & Convention Center, located at 5121 Bay City Road in Midland. Check-in and continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m., and the presentation will begin at 9 a.m.

Author and keynote speaker, Claire Bidwell Smith, will give a presentation exploring the individual and collective grief we’ve experienced over the past two years, reveal ways to navigate and better understand how we grieve and share effective coping strategies for managing anxiety in uncertain times.

Bidwell Smith is a therapist specializing in grief and the author of three books including Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief. Led by her own experiences with loss and fueled by her work in hospice and private practice, Bidwell Smith strives to provide support for all kinds of people experiencing all kinds of grief. In addition to having given dozens of talks on loss, Bidwell Smith has written for and been featured in many publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, MSNBC, CNN. Oprah Magazine and Psychology Today. She is also the host of Lemonada Media’s popular podcast New Day.

The conference is free, but space is limited. Those who would like to attend may register at Those needing assistance with registration may contact MyMichigan Health Line at (989) 837-9090. If you registered for this event prior to it being rescheduled, you will automatically be registered for the event.

Support for this free conference is provided by the MyMichigan Health Foundation.

MyMichigan Health, a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is a leader in providing award-winning, high-quality care to the 25-county region it serves. With Medical Centers in Alma, Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Mt. Pleasant, Sault Ste. Marie and West Branch, MyMichigan also has affiliations with Medical Centers in St. Ignace and Mackinac Island. MyMichigan Health provides a full continuum of care across a wide array of settings, including urgent care centers, home health, virtual care, as well as medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine, pediatrics and more. MyMichigan Health demonstrates its commitment to the future of medicine by partnering with leading institutions to offer medical education programs that train medical students, physicians, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students, nursing students and other clinical experts for our region. Its more than 8,800 employees, volunteers, health care providers and other personnel work together to create healthy communities through solutions designed to meet the ever-changing needs of the 981,000 residents in the health system’s 25-county service area. In fiscal year 2021, MyMichigan Health provided more than $78 million in community benefits, as well as supported its patients and families with new equipment, services and programs with funds raised by the MyMichigan Health Foundation