As adults, death can be a confusing and overwhelming topic for us. What must that all seem like to a young child? Sometimes in our efforts to protect a child from something that scares us, are we really just creating more confusion?
We also want to thank the excellent professionals who shared their wisdom and insight so that we can better understand grief through the eyes of a child.
We learned about the importance of really being present and listening to a child when they want to share with you. And, we now know about the wonderful resources that are available in our community that can help us navigate with confidence.
- Leslie Delp, M.A. (founder and bereavement specialist at Olivia’s House in York, PA)
- Emilio Parga, M.A. (founder and director at The Solace Tree in Reno, Nevada)
- Expert Panel Q & A session Part I
- Expert Panel Q & A session Part II
We want to thank each person who attended “I’m Here With You: A forum on understanding children and grief.” You have taken an important step in being there for a child who is facing a loss in their life. We heard many wonderful comments from people who attended:
“I think every childcare provider should take this training.”
“I learned how I can help a grieving child: be present and listen.”
“I am sorry that all of my staff were not there! All of the professionals were awesome!"
“Please, please have this again!”
Now that you have had a chance to process some of what you heard at the forum, we’d love to have a conversation about what you’ve learned. Please leave a comment on this page with any thoughts, reflections, or questions you may have.
Please stay tuned as we will continue to add to a resource list of websites, books, camps and services in our community.
Scroll down to watch a video about myths and fears related to children and grief.
Olivia's House is an organization of caregiving professionals and volunteers committed to supporting grieving children. Its purpose is to facilitate healing through grief and loss education.
830 S. George Street
York, PA 17403
The mission of the Solace Tree is that all children, teens and their family members have the freedom to express their feelings associated with death in a safe and loving environment. Our peer support programs and educational opportunities help children and teens learn to cope and adjust to the changes in their lives.
The Solace Tree
P.O. Box 2944
Reno, Nevada 89505
Phone: (775) 324-7723
Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors, Inc.
863 South George Street
York, PA 17403