The Grieving Brain:
The Surprising Science of How We Learn From Love and Loss

A Virtual Workshop With Author
Mary-Frances O'Connor, PhD
December 3, 2022 10:00-11:15am

In her latest book, The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn From Love and Loss, renowned grief expert and neuroscientist shares groundbreaking discoveries about what happens in our brains when we grieve, providing a new paradigm for understanding love, loss, and learning.
The Grieving Brain addresses:
  • Why it’s so hard to understand that a loved one has died and is gone forever
  • Why grief causes so many emotions—sadness, anger, blame, guilt, and yearning
  • Why grieving takes so long
  • What happens in the brain during grief
  • The distinction between grief and complicated grief
  • Why we ruminate so much after we lose a loved one
  • How we go about restoring a meaningful life while grieving

We must learn it.


Mary-Frances O'Connor

Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, where she directs the Grief, Loss and Social Stress (GLASS) Lab, which investigates the effects of grief on the brain and the body. O’Connor earned a doctorate from the University of Arizona in 2004 and completed a fellowship at UCLA. Following a faculty appointment at UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, she returned to the University of Arizona in 2012. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and Psychological Science, and featured in Newsweek, the New York Times, and The Washington Post. Having grown up in Montana, she now lives in Tucson, Arizona. For more information go to

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