PhilCare: Grief and Loss Webinar


PhilCare: Possibly the most powerful, grimmest, enduring emotions are those associated with grief. It is also one of the least discussed. Here, PhilCare breaks the barrier and initiates a discussion about the sensitive topic – grief. ‘Grief and Loss: How to Manage Your Mental Health’ is a webinar presented by PhilCare Corporate Mental Health Programs Director Mariel Kristine T. Rubia, Ph.D., The webinar is an initiative of PhilCare, one of the leading HMO companies in the country.

The most powerful, grimmest, and enduring emotions are those associated with grief. 

Grief is described as a “powerful emotional and physical reaction to the loss of someone or something,” according to Rubia, it is also “characterized by deep feelings of sadness and sorrow, and often by a powerful yearning or longing to be with that person again. Whilst grief is a process, it also comes in waves.

Rubia explained the different trajectories of grief, its metaphors and models, and methods to cope with grief. She also stressed the importance of mental health during such difficult times.

She also enumerated ways to positively cope with grief: through rituals and customs, expressing emotions, cherishing memories, tackling avoidance, and getting in touch with the process of grieving.

Mariel Kristine T. Rubia, Ph.D. is currently the Corporate Mental Health Programs Director of PhilCare. She also serves as a Professor at De La Salle – College of Saints Benilde and working as a Clinical Psychologist at ME Rubia Psychological Assessment Center. She received her Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organization Psychology (Cum Laude) and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Magna cum Laude) at the University of Santo Tomas.

PhilCare believes that mental health is one of the most important aspects of a person’s overall wellness. The company is the first in the industry to innovate, in 2021, a product that specifically addresses the mental health of Filipino employees with its Mind Care line of prepaid health cards.

The webinar is part of PhilCare’s series of online forums featuring medical professionals tackling some of the most pressing medical and health issues in the past couple of years.

PhilhealthCare, Inc. (PhilCare) is a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) which believes that health is not only the absence of illnesses but a positive state of overall physical and mental wellness. Also, that one should feel protected and cared for when an ailment strikes. These are the philosophies behind its diverse suite of products, designed to uplift the state of health and health care in Filipino society.


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