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Speaking engagements that include our founder and CEO, Susan Whitmore, and other Board and/or Advisory Board members are also available. Please state your interest when inquiring.

To view previous engagements, please see comprehensive list.

To schedule Susan Whitmore for a speaking engagement,
please contact griefHaven at (310) 459-1789 or write to [email protected]


Susan Whitmore's candid yet gentle guidance, depth and breadth of knowledge on grief and the science of the grieving brain, personal experiences of loss, combined with her wonderful sense of humor, lends itself wholeheartedly to reaching into the hearts and minds of those in need, leaving them with the hope and tangible knowledge of how to go on, how to help someone else go on, and what specifically does and does not work. She has also created a wide variety of support tools so that everyone, regardless of loss, will have something from which to choose that will help them continue making that journey and knowing they are never alone. Those tools are being used all over the world, and some of them can be seen throughout the griefHaven website.


Death Of a Child: Susan regularly speaks to support groups and at conferences held for parents, siblings, and other family members impacted by a child’s death. A unique and devastating loss, and being on that lifelong journey herself, Susan shares her specialized grief tools with those whose lives have been forever changed by the death of a child.

All Other Losses: Regardless of a person’s loss, grief is something that enters a person’s life when someone they love and care about dies. Susan approaches each loss, even when all losses are combined in a given room, with the same commitment and understanding as that of the death of a child. Her overall approach is one of interaction, overall understanding and knowledge about grief, and specific grief tools that work to help soften the blow of loss and empower each griever to know what works and doesn’t work.


Susan has a wide range of experience and capabilities in this arena and has conducted workshops and speaking engagements from very large to small groups. Her educational and unique approach to the difficult subject of losing someone deeply loved is well received by all specialists, including chaplains, hospice caregivers, medical doctors, hospital administrative staff, therapists, nurses, home caregivers, school/university principals and their administrative staff, teachers and community businesses, such as the Fire Department.


Susan has been sought out as a grief expert and has appeared on the nightly news, television shows, and has been heard on several radio shows (some of these are available on this website). For media inquiries, please contact [email protected] or call 310-459-1789.

Please see the comprehensive list of presentations below (click load more to see more)
or contact us at (310) 459-1789 or by email at [email protected]

Most Recent Speaking Events

Johnson & Johnson
Los Angeles LGBT Organization – National Grief Awareness Da

December 29, 2013

Grief Relief Television

On This show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore the topic of finding meaning after loss…
January 1, 2014

Fancy Feet Dance Studio Presents

Thanks to Emily Kay/Tillman for her generosity and love and to all of the amazing and talented children…
January 25, 2014

CURE Childhood Cancer Org.

On January 25, I stepped up to the podium as the keynote speaker for the amazing CURE Childhood…
October 8, 2013

2013 griefHaven Annual Fundraising Luncheon

2013 Friends of griefHaven “Live Your Best Life Luncheon.” It was truly beautiful, and that room was filled…
June 1, 2012

Bereaved Parents of the USA – Yearly Conference

June 2, 2012

All-day Workshop – Roswell Park Cancer Institute