Empathy & Experience

I experienced early parental loss and I had to work through my own grief process largely without support. I see teaching children's grief support as a place where I can create change. When I teach adults working with young children how to help, I create better outcomes for grieving children! 

These are a few of the organizations where I've presented support strategies: 

  • National Alliance for Grieving Children Symposium, 2017
  • Michigan NAEYC Conference , 2014, 2016 
  • Building on Behalf of Children Conference, Child Care Network, 2016, 2017
  • Eastern Michigan University Assoc. for Education of Young Children
  • Annie's Children Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • St. Francis of Assisi School, Ann Arbor, Michigan 
  • Partnering with The Judson Center, Flint, Michigan
  • Family Enrichment Center, Battle Creek, Michigan 

My Credentials and Affiliations: 

I hold memberships with The National Alliance for Grieving Children and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. I've earned a BA in Education from Ohio Wesleyan University, and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Michigan University. I hold a Certificate of Completion in Facilitator Training with the childhood bereavement center, Ele's Place, in Ann Arbor. In 2016 I earned my Death and Grief Studies Certificate with The Center for Loss and Life Transition and Colorado State University, having successfully completed 150 hours of training in:

  • Reframing PTSD as Traumatic Grief
  • Comprehensive Bereavement Skills Training
  • Helping Children & Adolescents Cope with Grief
  • Supporting the Suicide Mourner
  • The Depression of Grief