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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 also published a book called The Secular Grief Support Handbook.[5]

Rebecca Hensler
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Aside from her atheist activism, she helped found ACT UP San Francisco, but left when new leaders that discouraged HIV testing and medications took over.[6]

Hensler has a BA in political activism and a MS in counseling.[7] She works as a school counselor at a public middle school in San Francisco, and lives in the Bay Area with her wife.[8]

Hensler has multiple sclerosis.[9]


  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. ^ "SAN FRANCISCO: AIDS Activists Target 'Renegade' Group | Kaiser Health News". 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  7. ^ "The People Behind". Grief Beyond Belief. 2018-07-21. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  8. ^ "The People Behind". Grief Beyond Belief. 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2015-08-08.
  9. ^ mzhensler. "Rebecca Hensler (@mzhensler) on Twitter". Retrieved 2019-08-26.

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