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Rebecca Hensler founded the social media and internet support group 'Grief Beyond Belief' for grieving people who do not believe in God or an afterlife in 2011.[1][2][3] She was encouraged to found it by atheist activist Greta Christina.[2] Hensler's own son Jude died in 2009 after ninety days of life.[4] Hensler has published a book called The Secular Grief Support Handbook that includes much of what she’s learned along the way.[5] Hensler has a BA in political activism and a MS in counseling.[6] She also works as a school counselor at a public middle school in San Francisco, and lives in the Bay Area with her wife.[7]

Rebecca Hensler
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  1. ^ Greta Christina (2015-06-18). "8 atheist leaders actually worth listening to". Retrieved 2015-08-08.
  2. ^ a b "Grief without God is a challenge for nonbelievers –". 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2015-08-08.
  3. ^ Greta Christina (2013-06-25). "7 groups atheists can turn to in times of need". Retrieved 2015-08-08.
  4. ^ 02/22/2012 6:27 pm EST (2012-02-22). "Grief Beyond Belief | David Casarett, M.D". Retrieved 2015-08-08.
  5. ^ "Rebecca Hensler's Secular Grief Support Handbook". Indiegogo. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  6. ^ "The People Behind". Grief Beyond Belief. 2018-07-21. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  7. ^ "The People Behind". Grief Beyond Belief. 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2015-08-08.

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