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.


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


  • 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


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:

The Speaking Grief initiative has some great information on understanding grief and addressing common misconceptions about the grief experience:

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:

For more from Alesia on how to show up for a grieving person, check out:

For more guidance on offering meaningful grief support, visit:

This presentation is intended for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health condition. Please consult your physician or other qualified health care provider immediately if you are experiencing any suicidal thoughts. If you are in crisis, help is available through texting FUTURE to 741741 for free, 24/7 support in the U.S and/or calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at: 1-800-273-8255. More information is available here: