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When death darkens the door: Supporting bereaved children and youth

door in shadow when death darkens the door

The death of a significant person represents one of the most powerful disruptions in all aspects of a child’s emotional existence. Yet few professionals receive formal training on how to support bereaved children and youth. The focus of this training will be on supporting children and youth after a death has happened in their lives.

This webinar will identify grief support strategies for use with children and youth in a wide variety of settings. This training will also highlight what ‘not to say’ to a grieving child, youth, or family member. Andrea Warnick will share stories and important messages from children and youth. These will help illustrate ‘best practice’ guidelines for supporting a healthy grief process.

Learning objectives of this training are to provide participants with:

  • Innovative and practical tips for helping children and youth understand the concept of death, and for supporting their grief process
  • Strategies for preparing children and youth for funerals, memorials and other ceremonies
  • What not to say to a bereaved child or youth
  • Literary, web, and local supports available to children and youth who have experienced a death

This webinar is part of the Children’s grief and bereavement certificate program. Participants may register for any of the certificate program’s individual webinars as a stand-alone training.