Albany woman's compassion helps urban communities deal with grief

July 25, 2019 07:29 PM

ALBANY - Lisa Good of Albany is a woman who meets people in their darkest hours after they've lost a loved one to violence. If it's hard to imagine how she musters up the courage to do such challenging work, her own story may provide some answers.

Good is the founder and director of Urban Grief. She says urban experiences produce grief unlike that which is a normal part of life.

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A certified grief recovery specialist, she goes in and offers referrals, compassion and just listens. They're services she says are often lacking for black and brown people.

Good knows the urban experience because she's lived it, a serial arsonist burned down her family home when she was a teen and shortly after that, a cousin was shot to death. She began to act out and descended into the abyss.

Learn about how she was able to pick herself back up and how she's earned her bachelor's and master's degrees – and how she's working on her doctorate, by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.


Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff

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