Lost and Found: Community Gatherings for Grieving and Hope

Lost and Found is an event that brought the Harvard community together to acknowledge the losses experienced over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to share insights that we gained. There was time for writing, reflection, storytelling, and building bonds with each other. All members of the Harvard community are welcome to share their reflections on a digital board below. 

On Your Time: Add a reflection


Add My Reflection

All members of the Harvard community are invited to share your reflection online about what you have lost and found during the pandemic.

The online board is anonymous and will be available throughout the semester at bit.ly/harvard-lost-found.

Sunset over blue mountainsThe Lost & Found campaign has ended, but we are keeping our Lost and Found Poster (24 x 36 in) online as a resource for those who wish to engage their communities and and display in a shared space.

    Past event: Online Gathering

    Virtual event: Thu October 28, 5-6pm

    Watch the Recording


    Thursday, October 28
    5-6 p.m. ET via Zoom 


    Welcome Remarks
    Sherri Ann Charleston, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

    Defining Ambiguous Loss 
    Tammy McLeod, Cru Chaplain

    Stories of Loss and Hope
    Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Muslim Chaplain
    Matthew Ichihashi Potts, Pusey Minister
    Sana Shareef and Kori Ricketts, Harvard students

    Please note: The outdoor gathering on Tuesday, October 26, has been cancelled due to rain and high winds. 

    Support for the Harvard Community

    Acknowledging the impact of COVID as we mark two years

    It’s been two years since COVID-19 upended our daily routines—forcing us to rethink our work, social activities, and life at home. This global phenomenon has affected each of us in different ways, whether we are mourning the loss of loved ones, missing milestone celebrations and family gatherings, experiencing social isolation, or just eager and ready to move on.

    As friends and coworkers, we can learn how to acknowledge difficult emotions in the workplace and support grieving people. For those looking to build resilience and personal growth in this moment, try to do the following:

    To help you manage feelings of loss, Harvard offers the following resources:

    As we slowly move toward a post-pandemic world, it can be helpful to look back at the major moments to better understand the past and ensure a safer future. Read more in Harvard In Focus, The Pandemic Years.

    What does the future hold? Stay apprised of the latest efforts to manage and confront the pandemic by signing up for the free Harvard Chan School of Public Health newsletter.

    Related reading: Read "Portraits of Loss" at Harvard in Ronald's story, Kathy's story, and Alvin's story.

    Co-sponsored by the Harvard Office for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; the Harvard Chaplains; and Memorial Church. Support from Harvard University Health Services Counseling and Mental Health Services and Center for Wellness, Harvard Human Resources Office of Work/Life, Campus Services, University Police Department, and the Council for Concerned Women.