I teach adults how to create safe places for children to grieve at school.
1 in 20 children will experience the death of a parent and many more experience the death of a sibling or another significant person in their lives. It matters how teachers and caregivers respond after a death. How can we give a grieving child agency? How do we help prevent isolation? How can we model healthy grief support for bereaved children, families, and classmates? I have a few ideas.
My work is influenced by the teaching and writing of Dr. Alan Wolfelt and by members of The National Alliance for Grieving Children.
I promote a child-led (not adult-driven) grief growth model. We are not trying to take the struggle away. We're trying to provide an environment where children can struggle well, where they can live and love fully.