It's been one long year. What started as a nebulous threat has dragged on for twelve long months, killing more than half a million people in the U.S. alone, and affecting nearly every system in modern life.

Here at the Humanitarian Disaster Institute, we study crises of all kinds, from hurricanes to pandemics, and the ways people recover from them. Using our research, we can draw on experiences from other disasters on how to grieve and move forward with hope. And we have found that marking tragedies, as with an annual anniversary, is an incredibly helpful way to navigate grief and build resilience.

Join HDI founders and disaster psychologists Kent Annan and Jamie Aten to learn the four ways you can mark this milestone:

  1. Remembering lives lost,
  2. Getting help for those struggling,
  3. Sharing appreciation, especially to frontline workers,
  4. Serving community.


National COVID-19 Day Website—take action, find resources (like our COVID-19 Mental Health Handbook), and more.

Spiritual First Aid Summit—On Thursday, March 11, 2021, mark National COVID-19 Day with us during this free, online gathering designed to help us navigate the grief, but also find encouragement and hope for the future.

"On Being a Good Neighbor", sermon draft by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This episode produced by Laura Finch

Theme Song “Turning Over Tables” by The Brilliance

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(Note to the listener: In this podcast, sometimes we'll have evangelicals, sometimes we won't. We thinking learning how to do good better involves listening to lots of perspectives, with different insights and understanding with us. Sometimes it will make us uncomfortable, sometimes we'll agree, sometimes we won't. We think that's good. We want to listen for correction. Especially in our blind spots.)