Disenfranchised Grief in the 21st Century: New Problems, New Strategies

Presented by Dr. Kenneth J. Doka 

When: Saturday, November 14th from 9am-12pm
Where: Your Home Using Zoom Platform

Conference Summary: This presentation describes disenfranchised grief as grief that is not openly acknowledged, socially sanctioned, or publicly mourned.  The presentation explores the contexts and causes of disenfranchised grief as well as complications arising from disenfranchisement.  The webinar emphasizes the cultural factors that can disenfranchise grief.  A strong emphasis of the presentation is on interventive strategies that can enfranchise grief.

Invited Presenter: Dr. Kenneth J. Doka is a Professor Emeritus, The College of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America.  He is an author of the text, Dying & Death: Life & Living. A prolific author, Dr. Doka’s books include Aging America: Coping with loss, dying, and death in later life, Transforming loss: Finding potential in loss, When Grief Is Complicated, Grief Is a Journey: Finding your Pathway through Loss, Disenfranchised Grief:  New Directions, Challenges, and Strategies for Practice and many other titles. In addition to these books, he has published over 100 articles and book chapters as well as serves as editor of both Omega and Journey. He has an ongoing blog for Psychology Today entitled Good Mourning.

The Association for Death Education and Counseling where he was elected President in 1993 presented him with an Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education in 1998 and Significant Contributions to the Field of Thanatology in 2014.  In 2000 Scott and White presented him an award for Outstanding Contributions to Thanatology and Hospice.  His Alma Mater Concordia College presented him with their first Distinguished Alumnus Award.  He is a recipient of the Caring Hands Award as well as the Dr. Robert Fulton CDEB Founder’s Award.  In 2006, Dr. Doka was grandfathered in as a Mental Health Counselor under NY State’s first licensure of counselors.

Dr. Doka who is an ordained Lutheran minister serves as a consultant to a variety of organizations, has keynoted conferences worldwide, participated in the annual Hospice Foundation of America Teleconference and has appeared on CNN and Nightline.  For more information, visit his web page:

Detailed Schedule: 

Time Content
8:30-9am Registration and Zoom Log In
9:00 – 10:30am Overview of Disenfranchised Grief: Definitions and Contexts
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45- 12pm Interventive strategies, Costs, conclusions Q&A


Program Objectives:

  • Participants will define disenfranchised grief, discuss causes of disenfranchisement, and describe five contexts of disenfranchised grief.
  • Participants will discuss ways that disenfranchisement complicates the process of mourning.
  • Participants will describe interventive strategies that are effective with disenfranchised grievers.
  • Participants will understand the cost of enfranchising disenfranchised grievers.

Registration Information: You may register for this conference by completing the registration form and mailing it with a check or credit card information to the PSCSW office; or you may register online with a credit card at We encourage early registration, for which there is a discount, to allow time for everyone to receive the Zoom invitation and instructions to attend the conference. All conference fees include a CE certificate. If you need to cancel after you have registered, refunds (minus a $15 administrative fee) will be issued prior to the program date.

Zoom login information and instructions for participation will be sent to registered attendees 24 hours prior to the conference.

Continuing Education:

FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for 3 CE credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 3 CE credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for 3 clinical credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education clinical credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

FOR DELAWARE SOCIAL WORKERS: Presenter(s) have a minimum of 2 (two) years of practical application and/or research experience pertaining to the subject matter of this presentation. Please consult section 7.2.5 of the rules of the Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners to determine if this course is in conformance with state regulations.

PSCSW is authorized to provide CE Credits to participants who attend programs in their entirety, in this case from 9:00AM-12:00PM. Time will be strictly enforced. 


Please register online at OR copy and complete registration on form (below and attached), and return to the PSCSW office:

Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work P.O. Box 147 Darby, Pennsylvania 19023


  •  November 14, 2020
     9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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