Grieving in the Online World: What Clinicians and Researchers Need to Know
With Mary Alice Varga, PhD
Recorded January 2018
As the world becomes more technological, so does grief. More people are turning to the internet for grief information and support through social media platforms, support forums, and other venues, thus changing the nature of our work in thanatology. As a result, clinicians and human service professionals are seeking ways to assist clients using online environments to process their grief. Researchers are investigating online spaces to empirically and holistically understand their role in grief experiences. What we have learned through research in these spaces has many practical implications for how we advise grieving individuals using online resources. While there are numerous benefits, there are also risks and cautions. This webinar explores the ways in which individuals use the online world to process their grief, how clinicians can use these findings to assist their clients, and what questions still remain to be explored.