Public Seminar: Kids Grieve Too: Supporting Children and Youth Grieving a Death
The death of a significant person represents one of the most powerful disruptions in all aspects of a child’s emotional existence. Yet few adults receive formal guidance on how to support children experiencing the dying or death of someone in their lives. This education session, which is designed for parents and anyone else who may be in the position to support a grieving child, will expose common myths and misconceptions about supporting grieving children and youth. It will also highlight resources and practical strategies that can be used in a variety of settings to help kids integrate the death into their lives in a healthy way. This workshop will include stories and important messages from children and their families that illustrate “best practice” guidelines for supporting the well-being of grieving children.
May 30th @ 7:00 p.m. – Providence Care Hospital – King St., West – Founders Hall
Tickets are $10.00(+Fees, Taxes) and can be purchased at https://bit.ly/2SNRszX
Training Day for Grief Volunteers and Community Support providers: Dancing in the Darkness: Supporting Bereaved Children and Youth
The death of a significant person represents one of the most powerful disruptions in all aspects of a child or youth’s emotional existence. Yet few professionals regardless of discipline receive formal training on how to support bereaved children and youth. The focus of this workshop will be on supporting children who are grieving the death of someone in their lives. Common myths and misconceptions about children’s grief will be exposed, as well as common barriers to providing grief support to young people. Practical support strategies that can be used with children and youth in a wide variety of settings including schools will be identified. “What not to say” to a grieving child, youth, or family member will also be highlighted, as will stories and important messages from children and youth that illustrate “best practice” guidelines for supporting a healthy grief process.
Participants will learn:
- Innovative and practical tips for helping children and youth understand the concept of death, and for supporting a healthy grief process
- How to identify grief in children and youth.
- What not to say to a bereaved child or youth or family member
- Literary, web, and local supports available to children and youth who have experienced a death
May 31st @ 9:00-4:00 – St. Lawrence College, 100 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston
Tickets are $20.00 (without lunch) and $40.00 (with lunch) and can be purchased at https://bit.ly/2C7utpS
Andrea Warnick is an educator, registered psychotherapist, nurse, and thanatologist. She specializes in ensuring that adults, children and youth have access to caring and informed support when experiencing the serious illness, dying, or death of someone close to them. She has learned through her 20 years of experience that such support goes a long way towards helping individuals of all ages integrate their grief in a way that allows them to thrive in life.