Meet Baylor’s nationally recognized expert on coping with grief and loss

Meet Baylor’s nationally recognized expert on coping with grief and loss Meet Baylor’s nationally recognized expert on coping with grief and loss

January 17, 20181 min read
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Dr. Helen Harris has centered her life’s work on a topic that most would prefer to avoid: grief and loss. While no one likes to think about the loss of a loved one, facing grief is unavoidable. Harris’ research on those tough subjects has made her one of the nation’s most-sought after experts on the topics of bereavement, trauma, the role of faith in processing grief, and more.


Before coming to Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, Harris worked in the trenches daily alongside people grappling with these very issues. She was the first director of the Hillcrest Community Hospice in Waco, where she also served as a social worker and bereavement coordinator. Even after coming to Baylor in 1997, she has continued to volunteer with hospice organizations and provide training to hospices throughout the area.


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  • Helen Harris, Ed.D.
    Helen Harris, Ed.D. Associate Professor, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work

    Expert on grief and social relations, redefining the intersection of loss and religiosity

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