Experts at Home: Dr. Robert Neimeyer on Coping With Grief


In this Experts at Home conversation, Dr. Robert Neimeyer joins Dr. Lisa Firestone to talk about coping with grief during Covid-19.

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About the Author

Robert Neimeyer Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, maintains an active consulting and coaching practice, and also directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, a “university without walls” for international online training in grief therapy.  Neimeyer has published 30 books, including Routledge’s series on Techniques of Grief Therapy, and serves as Editor of Death Studies. The author of over 500 articles and chapters and a popular workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process.  In recognition of his contributions, he has been given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Network on Personal Meaning.

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Thank you Lisa for sharing your insighful talk with Dr. Neimeyer. I identified with the many of the things shared about coping with grief in Covid times, especially the “complicated/traumatic grief” that might result of losing someone nowadays (not being allowed a chance to say goodbye, to be physically there in their last moments, no funeral, etc). As Dr. Neimeyer, our usual coping resources have been taken away!
I lost my dear mother in law due to Covid in March 2021 and we were left with anguish, sadness, frustration, anger, and powerlessnes. We will have to adapt to the loss, but healing might take a long time…


Glad Dr. Niemeyer mentioned our ongoing sexual desire which is something a person grieving may not be asked about. Dr. Irvin Yalom gave a recent talk and he talked about his obsession with breasts or something along those lines following the loss of his wife.

Gertie Hunt

Your webinars are excellent… Thanks so much for providing such a valuable service. I am a psychologist and I share these with clients, family and friends.

There is a webinar I would love to see. So many of us struggle with the grief of loss associated with a pet that was no less than the closest of family. There is unresolved grief and minimization by others. The pain is intense and lasts for years. If there is someone who could do such a webinar, it would be so valuable! Thank you so much for everything you are doing!

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