Webinars Archive

December 01, 2022, 6:00 pm, EST

Grief and Special Days: Maintaining, Adapting, and Releasing Traditions

At its core, grief is about change. A single event can trigger a multitude of changes and navigating these changes can take a toll. In this virtual event, we’ll screen the Speaking Grief documentary at 6:00pm ET then follow it up with a discussion at 7:00pm ET in which experts will share ideas on how to handle cherished traditions when your person isn’t there to share them.

Moderator

Lindsey Whissel Fenton, Senior Producer and Director at WPSU

Panelists

  • Alesia K. Alexander, LCSW, CT, Grief, Loss and Inclusion Consultant
  • Teresa Méndez-Quigley, MSW Associate Director Uplift Center for Grieving Children
  • Meghan Riordan Jarvis, MA, LCSW, Clinical Psychotherapist, Writer, Consultant, and Host of the Grief is My Side Hustle Podcast

November 16, 2022, 7:00 pm, EST

School Shootings: Navigating the Impact on Students, Teachers, and Parents

Whether you are part of a community directly affected by violence or are anxious about parenting in a time when mass casualty events are an on-going threat, school shootings can have a profound impact on school, family, and community life. In this webinar, experts will discuss repercussions of these tragic events, share evidenced-based practices for recognizing and responding to trauma, and offer strategies on how to talk with children about school violence.

Moderator

Lindsey Whissel Fenton, Senior Producer and Director at WPSU

Panelists

  • Robin Gurwitch, Ph.D., Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine
  • Julie Kaplow, PhD., ABPP, Executive Director of the Trauma and Grief (TAG) Center at The Hackett Center for Mental Health

October 26, 2022, 12:00 pm, EDT

Supporting Neurodivergent Grieving People

Every grief is unique and effective grief support will look different based on the needs of the individual. This is especially true when it comes to supporting individuals with neurodivergent conditions like Autism and Down Syndrome, among others. In this webinar, experts will offer strategies to help these grievers get the support they deserve.

Moderator

Lindsey Whissel Fenton, Senior Producer/Director at WPSU

Panelists

  • Ajai Blue-Saunders, Widow/Mother of a Bereaved Neurodivergent Daughter, Featured in Speaking Grief
  • Jill A. Harrington, DSW, LCSW, Grief Therapist, Educator, and Creator/Lead Editor of Superhero Grief: The Transformative Power of Loss
  • Jennifer Wiles, LMHC, BC-DMT, Director of the HEARTplay Program at Good Shepherd Community Care

September 28, 2022, 6:00 pm, EDT

The In-Between: Supporting Grieving Young Adults

Grief is an isolating experience for anyone, but it can be particularly challenging for young adults, many of whom are the first people in their peer group to experience a loss. This population falls in the “in-between” of most grief support services; they are too old for most children’s grief organizations yet may struggle with a sense of belonging in other grief support spaces — most of which cater to older adults. In this webinar, experts will share strategies for how to engage and support the young adult population.

Moderator

Jana DeCristofaro, LCSW, Community Response Program Coordinator at Dougy Center

Panelists

  • JJ Jackson, MA, NCC, LGPC, Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in Maryland and DC
  • Vivian Nunez, Writer, Content Creator and Featured Contributor on Grief and Mental Health for Young Adults for Grief Coach
  • Fran Solomon, Founder of Actively Moving Forward
  • Priya Soni, Founder of The Caregiving Effect LLC
  • Jack StockLynn, Featured in the Speaking Grief Initiative

August 30, 2022, 6:00 pm, EDT

Connecting Underserved Communities with Grief Support Services

While telehealth and virtual services have becoming more common, grief support remains out of reach for many populations throughout the U.S. In this webinar, experts will share insights on how to reach those in underserved settings and how to build trust within marginalized communities. Act 48 credit available.

Moderator

Alica Forneret, Founder and Executive Director of PAUSE

Panelists

  • Judy Austin, LPC, Director and Lead Therapist for The Grief Center of Southwest Colorado 
  • Tashel Bordere, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science and State Extension Specialist in Youth Development at the University of Missouri-Columbia 
  • Cristina M. Chipriano, LCSW, Director of Equity and Community Outreach at Dougy Center for Grieving Children 

July 27, 2022, 7:00 pm, EDT

Help me With My Grief: Making Sense of Support Services and Finding the Best Fit for You

Grief is overwhelming. In the aftermath of loss, we undergo a multitude of mental, physical, emotional, and logistical challenges and changes. This can make identifying what we need and locating the appropriate resources feel impossible. In this webinar, experts will outline some of the different modalities of grief support—from groups to individual therapy to books and self-help options—and offer guidance on how to determine what’s best for you and your grief experience.

Moderator

Jenn Hardy, Ph.D., Psychologist, Writer, and Speaker

June 21, 2022, 6:00 pm, EDT

A Bartender, Hair Stylist, and Nail Technician Walk into a Funeral. . . Responding to Grief in Service Professions

When we think of professions that regularly interact with grieving people, we might think of healthcare workers, hospice employees, and funeral directors. Yet many service providers routinely find themselves in the thick of conversations about grief with little to no training on how to navigate these interactions. In this webinar, experts will share strategies for how to respond to grieving clients with compassion while still maintaining professional boundaries as well as what to do if your own grief is triggered by a client’s story.

Moderator

Hunter Donia, Hair stylist and Industry Educator

Panelists

  • Rachelle Bensoussan, M.A., CT, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Being Here, Human
  • Shelby Forsythia, Intuitive Grief Guide and author of Your Grief, Your Way
  • Luis Resendez, LMFT, Founder of Vida Emotional Wellness

May 24, 2022, 6:00 pm, EDT

Minimizing Burnout in Death Care Professionals

Caretaking professions are facing unprecedented levels of burnout as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic—and burnout can impede our ability to offer kindness and compassion to others. Those working in the funeral industry are facing unprecedented challenges yet carry an enormous responsibility: for many, funeral directors are their first entry into grief and loss and the experience with making arrangements can set the tone for a person’s grief journey. In this webinar, experts will identify warning signs of compassion fatigue, and offer strategies for balancing empathy with self-care.

Moderator

Joél Simone Anthony aka The Grave Woman

Panelists

  • Charles Figley, Ph.D., Paul Henry Kurzweg, MD Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health and Associate Dean for Research, School of Social Work Professor, and Director of the award-winning Traumatology Institute at Tulane University
  • Hui-wen Sato, MSN, MPH, RN, CCRN, Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse
  • Julie Kaplow, Ph.D., ABPP, Executive Vice President of Trauma and Grief Programs and Policy, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute; Executive Director, Trauma and Grief Center at the Hackett Center for Mental Health

April 26, 2022, 6:00 pm, EDT

How to Offer Meaningful Grief Support in a Virtual Setting

Just because we’ve gotten used to Zoom meetings and FaceTime coffee dates doesn’t mean we know how to foster meaningful interactions in these virtual environments. Whether you’re running a grief support group or trying to show up for a grieving friend, there are ways to facilitate these experiences from a distance. Join us Tuesday, April 26 at 6:00pm (ET) for the webinar “How to Offer Meaningful Grief Support in a Virtual Setting,” experts will share ideas for how to create authentic engagement and provide support from a distance as well as how to honor deceased loved ones through virtual memorials.  

This webinar is brought to you by Speaking Grief, a public media initiative working to create a more grief-aware society. Speaking Grief is produced by WPSU with philanthropic support from the New York Life Foundation.

Moderator

Dr. Ajita M. Robinson, Grief and Trauma Therapist, Speaker, and Author of The Gift Of Grief: A Practical Guide On Grief And Loss​

Panelists

  • Alesia K. Alexander, LCSW, CT Grief, Loss, and Inclusion Consultant
  • Mandy Benoualid, Co-founder and President, Keeper Inc. & Co-founder and Editor of TalkDeath
  • Cassie Marsh-Caldwell, Project Manager and Strategist of Speaking Grief
  • Adam Rabinovitch, Executive Director of COPE

Resources

A screening and discussion of the documentary “Speaking Grief” can be a great way to open conversations about a difficult topic. For information on hosting a virtual screening, as well as a toolkit for planning your event, visit: https://speakinggrief.org/use-our-content

The Speaking Grief initiative has some great information on understanding grief and addressing common misconceptions about the grief experience: https://speakinggrief.org/get-better-at-grief/understanding-grief/no-step-by-step-process

If you are interested in learning more about virtual memorials, here are some resources that can help:

There’s also this step-by-step guide Mandy put together on how to hold a virtual memorial service: talkdeath.com/how-to-hold-a-virtual-memorial-service-a-step-by-step-guide/

For more from Alesia on how to show up for a grieving person, check out: https://speakinggrief.org/experts/alesia-alexander

For more guidance on offering meaningful grief support, visit: https://speakinggrief.org/get-better-at-grief/supporting-grief/be-authentic