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Find community through an Option B Dinner Party.

Join a small, supportive online gathering for real conversations about grief.

What is an
Option B Dinner Party?

When you’re grieving, the most compassionate support can come from others who share your experience—but the COVID-19 pandemic has made it much harder to connect with peers in person. So Option B is teaming up with The Dinner Party to help you find a supportive community online. An Option B Dinner Party is a small virtual gathering led by and for people who’ve lost a loved one. The focus is on talking openly about grief, how it’s affecting your life, and how you can find tools and practices to help you cope.

What should I expect?

You can expect a welcoming and supportive online gathering and an opportunity to build meaningful connections with people who share your experience of grief.

You’ll connect with a group of 12 to 15 peers whose experiences have something in common with yours—whether that’s who you’ve lost, the stage of life you’re in, or how grief is affecting you right now. A host will gather your group on a video call and kick off an open, informal conversation. You’ll talk for about 90 minutes to two hours. You can share as much or as little as you like. You’re also welcome to eat dinner during the call, but you don’t have to!

Host an Option B Dinner Party

Hosting is a powerful way to support others and find meaning after loss. You’ll make a great host if you can model openness and vulnerability, reflect honestly on how grief shows up in your life, and encourage conversation by asking questions and highlighting common threads.

Here’s how hosting works:

  • 1

    You share a bit about yourself in a short application

  • 2

    You attend a brief online training session with our team

  • 3

    We match you with a group and help plan your first gathering

Our goal is to make hosting simple, so you have the space to fully participate in your group in addition to facilitating. We provide tools, resources, and ongoing support—including regular office hours with The Dinner Party and Option B teams—to make sure you’re set up for success.

Read our FAQs for more information about hosting.

Join an Option B Dinner Party

By joining an Option B Dinner Party, you’ll get support that can help you cope and feel seen as you grieve a major loss. And you’ll help others cope with their grief, too. Every member brings valuable empathy and perspective to these conversations, so we hope you’ll join us.

Here’s how joining works:

  • 1

    You share a bit about yourself in a short application

  • 2

    We match you with peers who’ve had similar experiences

  • 3

    Your host reaches out about your first gathering

There’s no long-term commitment when you join, but our hope is that your group will become a close community that you can turn to for support and assurance on an ongoing basis.

Read our FAQs for more information about joining a group.

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

Host FAQs

Apply to host.
Or join an existing party.

Learn more

We are grateful to partner with The Dinner Party, whose mission is to transform life after loss from an isolating experience into one marked by community support, candid conversation, and forward movement using the age old practice of breaking bread. For more information, visit their website.