June 6, 2021 5 PM EDT

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Rebecca Hensler
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Following the death of her infant son, Rebecca Hensler discovered that most online grief support groups are dominated by religion and spiritualism. Alienated by talk of angels, heaven and signs, she conceived an alternative free of mythology and mysticism. In 2011, Rebecca founded Grief Beyond Belief, a Facebook page devoted to faith-free grief support. Since then the Grief Beyond Belief community has grown into thousands of grieving nonbelievers sharing compassion and support.

Rebecca is a school counselor with a BA in political activism and a MS in counseling. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her wife and works at a public middle school in San Francisco.

Rebecca runs Grief Beyond Belief with the support of a handful of volunteers and speaks to freethought organizations on grieving as a nonbeliever, secular grief support and related topics.

She will be facilitating a confidential support workshop following her talk.