Grieving Beyond Gender

Grieving Beyond Gender


Jul 25 2023


7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Facilitated by Dr. Kenneth J. Doka. Many individuals believe that if an individual does not show or share sadness or express other emotions, that individual is not in touch with or is suppressing grief. In fact, grief reactions are highly individual and varied. Many men, and women, may express their grief in more instrumental ways, showing grief in more cognitive or active manifestations.

This session explores the different patterns or styles of grief, emphasizing that each of these pattern has their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. The grieving style of a bereaved individual is influenced by numerous factors including gender, temperament, socialization, and culture. The seminar further explores intervention strategies that are effective with different patterns.

When: Tuesday July 25, 7 – 8 PM EST

Where: Online via Zoom

Reserve your spot today on Pinelawn’s Eventbrite Page

More about our Presenter: Dr. Kenneth J. Doka is a Professor Emeritus at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle and Senior Vice-President for the Hospice Foundation of America. A prolific author, Dr. Doka’s books include Grieving beyond Gender: Understanding the Ways Men and Woman Mourn; Counseling Individuals with Life-Threatening Illness, Living with Grief: Ethical Dilemmas at the End of Life, Living with Grief: Alzheimer’s Disease, Living with Grief: Coping with Public Tragedy and Disenfranchised Grief: New Directions, Challenges, and Strategies for Practice. In addition to these books, he has published over 100 articles and book chapters. Dr. Doka is editor of both Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying and Journeys: A Newsletter to Help in Bereavement.

Dr. Doka was elected President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling in 1993. In 1995, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Work Group on Dying, Death and Bereavement and served as chair from 1997-1999. The Association for Death Education and Counseling presented him with an Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education in 1998. In 2000 Scott and White presented him an award for Outstanding Contributions to Thanatology and Hospice. He also received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling) and IWG (The International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement). His Alma Mater Concordia College presented him with their first Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2006, Dr. Doka was grandfathered in as a Mental Health Counselor under NY State’s first licensure of counselors.

Dr. Doka has keynoted conferences throughout North America as well as Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He participates in the annual Hospice Foundation of America Teleconference and has appeared on CNN and Nightline. In addition, he has served as a consultant to medical, nursing, funeral service and hospice organizations as well as businesses and educational and social service agencies. Dr. Doka is an ordained Lutheran minister.


Upon registration, you will be sent a confirmation email. To access the online workshop, it is important to use the Eventbrite reminder emails (one will be sent the day of the event) and log into your Eventbrite account to access the online workshop. Although we use the Zoom platform, Eventbrite emails will grant you access to the Zoom meeting. You will not be sent a Zoom link.

For questions, contact Christin Alexander, Community Outreach Coordinator, at or 631.249.6100 x120.


Disclaimer: The information shared in this program is not intended to act as a substitute for any legal and mental health advice concerning individual situations; neither Pinelawn Memorial Park or COPE, its Board of Directors, staff and personnel shall be responsible for any outcomes arising from any information or exercises provided in this program.