Breeshia Wade is a grief expert, anti-racist consultant, and author of the 2021 publication, Grieving While Black: An Antiracist Take on Oppression and Sorrow, which was recently rated one of the top 9 books on grief. Her work has quickly become required reading at universities and in her field. Brilliant and engaging, she brings her unique skillset, academic rigor, and dynamic voice to critical, contemporary discussions about race, justice, grief, and healing. Her approach is informed by her journey, including work as a lay-ordained Buddhist end-of-life (EOL) caregiver in the NICU, in jails, and hospices. She has also served as a birth doula.
Central to her practice is a model of grief that expands beyond concrete, tangible loss, and includes fear of impermanence–or future loss. She helps clients uncover the ways that their fear of loss not only shapes their daily existence but impedes individual and societal growth. She posits that when advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion, the fear of loss faced by those who are losing the benefits of privilege (e.g. white, male, gender privilege) for the sake of equity must be addressed to alleviate the grief and suffering of those who experience systemic oppression. Her nuanced understanding of grief is charting a new path toward progress.
Her journey from her hometown in Chester, SC to Stanford University, where she received her BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, is equally impressive. From there, she received an MA in Religious Studies and Philosophy from the University of Chicago, and later completed a 2-year Buddhist Chaplaincy training program at Upaya Zen Center.
Wade’s training, resilience, and creative reflection during life’s most challenging moments make her a powerful voice in conversations around personal and systemic grief.
Today, she lives in Los Angeles with her wonderful wife and their chubby British Shorthair, Winston Cheddar III. She also works as a content designer at Meta while continuing her work as a speaker for corporations and private institutions.
Today, I call Los Angeles home. I’m the author of the Grieving While Black: An Anti-Racist Take on Oppression and Sorrow (North Atlantic Books).