Nancy Berns Ph.D.

Nancy Berns Ph.D.

Nancy Berns is the author of Closure: The Rush to End Grief and What It Costs Us, and professor of sociology at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she teaches classes on grief, death, emotions, violence, and justice.  She is also author of Framing the Victim: Domestic Violence, Media and Social Problems (Aldine de Gruyter 2004). Her current research explores how people live with grief and joy after loss. Nancy writes a blog ( and speaks for various community groups.   Her work attracts a wide audience through her TEDx talk, Beyond Closure: the space between joy and grief.

Author of

Freedom to Grieve

Protecting grief from "closure," consumerism, politics, and other cultural distortions
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