Dr Bill Webster is a internationally recognized speaker and seminar leader on grief issues. He brings a unique blend of personal experience, academic education and many years of practical application to his work. Acknowledged as a dynamic, personable and practical speaker, Dr. Bill combines his own story with his knowledge and sense of humor to effectively communicate his message.
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Dr. Bill Webster: Biography
Dr. Bill Webster was born in Scotland, and attended university in Glasgow and London England, undertaking work in arts and theology. While in England, he met his future wife, Carolyn, and came to Canada to be married. Sadly in 1983, his wife died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack, leaving Bill struggling to cope with his loss, as well as the responsibility of looking after his two sons, then only 9 and 7.
In 1983, Bill returned to school, completing a degree in psychology at Wilfred Laurier University in 1986, before registering in his doctoral program at the University of Toronto. Part of his project for that program was the development of community grief support programs, which he did through a local funeral home. After graduating in 1990, seeking to develop this grief support work, Dr. Webster founded the Centre for the Grief Journey, of which he is the Executive Director. Bill facilitates grief support programs in numerous communities, offers individual and family grief counseling, conducts many professional seminars and educational programs on the topics of grief and has authored several books, including “Grief Journey”; “When Someone You Care About Dies”; “When Someone You Care About is Grieving”; “A Not-So-Jolly Christmas”; and “Now What”, as well as many articles and tapes. Dr. Webster has a 5 one hour video series entitled “From Mourning to Dawn” which, along with a total package of support materials and manuals, provides agencies across the country the resources to provide grief support to its constituents.
In October 1998, Dr. Webster began producing and hosting a nationally broadcast weekly television program entitled “Living with Loss” specifically designed to bring comfort and encouragement to those in a grieving process. This TV series is now shown on his web site.
Dr. Webster is a member of the American Association for Death Education and Grief Counseling, and the Bereavement Ontario Network, and was recently awarded their prestigious Fellow in Thanatology award in recognition of his work and his contribution to the field.