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Children’s grief and bereavement certificate program
“I would recommend (this program) to all colleagues and friends!”– Emily Carreiro, BSW, MSW, RSW Social Worker – Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Grief is a confusing and isolating experience for any person, old or young. Children’s grief, however, differs considerably from adult grief, resulting in the needs of grieving children often being overlooked or misunderstood. This can have a profound impact on the social and emotional development of a child. Caregivers, including the most skilled professionals, often feel helpless when supporting children through the death of someone close to them.
The Children’s grief and bereavement certificate program explores the roots of our cultural discomfort with the topic of children and death and exposes common myths and misconceptions. This program equips participants with the skills to provide support to children, youth and families grieving the dying or death of someone they care about. Adults cannot change the reality of a death occurring in a child’s life. However, with the right tools they can play a powerful role in shaping the story of the child’s grief experience and help them thrive in life.
Individual modules include:
- Children at the bedside: Preparing children for the death of someone close to them
- When death darkens the door: Supporting bereaved children and youth
- When grief gets more complicated: Supporting harder-to-serve populations
- Using mindfulness and compassion to support grieving children and families
- Dancing in the darkness: Creative approaches to working with grieving children and youth
“The Children’s Grief and Bereavement Certificate gave me insight into the foundational needs children have for information, connection and care as well as practical tools and activities I could use right away in my practice as a death doula. I was so inspired by the facilitators that I’ve decided to pursue a master’s degree in counselling with a focus on creative interventions for grieving children. Thank you Andrea and team for igniting this flame!”– Chelsea Peddle, End-of-Life Consultant and Death Doula