Coping with Loss When Death is Stigmatized

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This webinar is presented by Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) and the TAPS Institute for Hope & Healing®

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Dr. Kenneth Doka pioneered the concept of “disenfranchised grief,” giving a name to the reality in which mourners feel they don’t have the right to express their loss openly or fully because of the cultural stigma about how the person died. For example, those mourning a death by suicide or drug overdose may often feel that others are judging the choices and behaviors of the person who has died, or the actions taken (or not taken) by those who are grieving.

Join Dr. Doka for a compelling conversation about how survivors can cope with loss when facing these difficult situations, and how professionals can better understand and support them.


Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Senior Vice President, Grief Programs, Hospice Foundation of America (HFA)

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Continuing education is not available for this program.

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Viewing instructions are included in your confirmation email and they will also be emailed to you several times in the days leading up to the webinar.


Contact HFA at or call 202-457-5811.

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Ken Doka, MDiv, PhD is Senior Vice President of Grief Programs at Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) and the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). A prolific author and editor, Dr. Doka serves as editor of HFA’s Living with Grief® book series, its Journeys newsletter, and numerous other books and publications. Dr. Doka is a past president of ADEC, a former board member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement, and an Advisory Board member to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). He is the recipient of The International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement’s prestigious Herman Feifel Award and ADEC’s Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education. In 2006, he was grandfathered in as a Mental Health Counselor under New York’s first state licensure of counselors. Dr. Doka is an ordained Lutheran minister.

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