Description

The Dinner Party is a non-profit organization that helps people who are experiencing loss or grief, through the power of community and connection.

It's completely free to join, but there are some requirements. You have to be between 21 and 45 and have experienced the loss of a family member or a close friend. The community offers two initiatives to its members:

  • Virtual Tables: a group of people who meet regularly (every 2-4 weeks) to vent and talk about their grief experiences. Each virtual table has a host and concentrates on a specific topic. There are also Affinity Spaces, which are virtual tables that focus on a type of loss or identity. You can select which table to join and research the table's host beforehand.
  • Buddy System: the community matches you with a grief peer based on certain characteristics. Once your match is ready, you can begin communicating with this person. You can talk to them whenever you prefer, and use the communication tool you both decide.

Additionally, you can binge on the community's resource library. There are several resources in there, that cover different aspects of grief and loss. You can use the resources to get comfort into your worst days.

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Details

  • Membership: Free Community
  • Year Founded: 2014
  • Founders:

    Carla Fernández and Lennon Flowers

  • Amount of members: 13,000
  • Online Group: No
  • Job board: No
  • Language: English
  • ONG: Yes
  • Method: Virtual

Benefits

Build a strong support network:
By joining a Virtual Table you will be meeting a group of other people who are also experiencing grief and loss, regularly every 2-4 weeks. This allows you to build a deep relationship of understanding and support that will accompany you in your best, and worst days.

Chat one-on-one with a grief peer:
If you prefer, you can also connect one-on-one with a grief peer. The community will match you with a buddy that is going through something similar to you. You can then communicate with that person whenever you want, and via the method you prefer.

Binge on resources during hard days:
The community has a huge resource library on topics related to grief and loss. You can find comfort and actionable ideas in those resources, to help you get through the worst days.

Requirements

To be between the ages of 21 and 45 and have experienced the loss of a family member or close friend. 

Place

Meetings

Members of the community who participate in Virtual Tables meet regularly, typically every 2-4 weeks. On the other hand, if you are using the Buddy System, you can meet with your grief peer at any time and communicate the way you like. For example, by phone calls, emails, Zoom meetings, texting, etc.

Networking Events

Members of The Dinner Party connect and interact in regular virtual meetings. On the one hand, you can use the Virtual Tables system. This allows you to choose a specific table you want to join. Each table has a different host and focuses on different topics, so you can join the table that will best serve you. Additionally, there are specific tables, called Affinity Spaces, that are closed spaces for specific types of loss or identities. Some Affinity Spaces include BIPOC, LGBTQ+, parent loss, partner loss, suicide loss, addiction loss, COVID-19 loss, and more.

On the other hand, you can also use the Buddy System. This allows you to connect one-on-one with a grief peer. The Dinner Party will match you with your buddy based on certain characteristics, such as type of loss, recency of loss, personal identities, along with other criteria. You will communicate whenever you want with your buddy, and via the communication method chosen by both.

Content Library

The community has a big resource library that covers many aspects of grief and loss.

Quote

"I lost my dad in September 2016, and I was in my thirties when it happened (so luckier than a lot of us) I share your feeling on this strange privilege. @DinnerPartiers is a wonderful resource." -Twitter User

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