As a dying, death, and loss educator, the statement I am met with most often by people who care for children navigating these spaces is:
“I don’t know how to even start to support them with this.”
And the question I often hear immediately after this disclosure is:
“What if I make this situation worse?”
Our children have questions about dying, death, and loss, and many of them are living with death-related losses that aren’t being adequately addressed. And, when situated in a global pandemic, it is reasonable to accept that everyone is grieving the loss of something right now, our young people included. My doctoral studies and professional practice reinforce the notion that young people grieve, and grieve differently from adults. They deserve to be recognised and supported in their experiences because we carry our grief forward with us.
Death educator Hannalore Wass maintained that we need to meet children on their level when we explore these issues.
Please join me and my partner, Phoebe the Sloth, for an interactive webinar as we endeavour to offer ideas and strategies to you help the littles and the not-so-littles in your lives navigate these inevitable spaces in healthier ways.
Please join us on Wednesday, February 23 from 7:00-8:30pm for an interactive webinar with Keri-Lyn Durant:
Talking with kids about dying, death, and loss: An interactive webinar for anyone caring for kids