How to Human: Connecting Through Grief

How to Human: Connecting Through Grief


Jul 23 2024


7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Facilitator: Lindsey Whissel Fenton

Description: The great irony of grief is that it can be so isolating but it’s actually a space that holds great opportunity for connection. Many of the breakdowns that happen in relationships following a loss result from a lack of knowing, not a lack of caring. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Grief literacy is a learnable skill and there are things both grieving people and support people can do to deepen connections rather than damage them. In this workshop, Lindsey Whissel Fenton, filmmaker, speaker, writer, and the creator of Speaking Grief, will share strategies for how to communicate with your support networks to get the kind of support that actually feels good and how to advocate for yourself as a grieving person at work and in life.

When: July 23, 7 – 8 PM ET

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: FREE! Reserve your spot on Pinelawn’s Eventbrite Page

Attendee Materials Needed: No Materials Needed

About our Presenter:

Lindsey Whissel Fenton is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker, international speaker, outreach strategist, learning designer, and grief educator. In her current role as a senior producer and director at PBS/NPR affiliate WPSU, Fenton focuses on projects related to grief, trauma, and mental health. She is the creator of Speaking Grief and its sister-initiative, Learning Grief, the founder of Empathic Media, and the producer and host of The Apologies Podcast. An international speaker on grief awareness and digital outreach and education, Fenton delivered a keynote at the 44th ADEC Conference and has presented to a variety of organizations, including NACG, the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), American Public Television (APT), the PBS Annual Meeting, and Comic Con San Diego, among others. Fenton earned her bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Digital Arts from Point Park University and her master’s degree in Learning, Design, and Technology from Penn State. She is a dog- mom, an avid reader, and rock climber.


**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.


COPE is a nonprofit grief and healing organization dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child. COPE offers community support – if you need support, please reach out: 516-832-2673 For more information, visit

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