As parents and caregivers, we care deeply about our children and youth. Yet sometimes we are uncertain about how to help them, particularly when they experience grief and loss. Some adults understand that this uncertainty reflects their own unaddressed grief. Others so badly want their children to ‘just be children’ and not have to deal with trauma and loss. There is a sense that, by remaining silent, somehow we can create an invisible barrier around our children’s pain. Yet when given the opportunity, adults tell the stories of their own experiences of loss, and discover that these stories can contain the wisdom we need to support and guide our children through life’s dark passages.
In this workshop participants examine how the developmental stages of childhood determine how children and youth experience and express grief and how parents and caregivers can adjust their responses accordingly.
Other topics include:
Children’s grief reactions: The many faces of grief
Our Emotion-phobic world: Our intolerance of the dark emotions
Mourning rituals: Cultural maps for the beginning of the grieving journey
The needs of the caregiver
This workshop introduces participants to child development theory and relevant therapy practices. The emphasis is on learning through storytelling, art-based exercises and group reflection.
HELPING CHILDREN THROUGH GRIEF
AND LOSS (2 days)
The facilitator’s knowledge of the material and presentation style adds such ease for learning and absorbing the material, the ideas, the stories….The workshop was an enriching experience, both personally and professionally. – Bev Levine, Day Care Director (Winnipeg, MB.)
It was my first time in this kind of workshop… hearing people talk about their feelings and traditional ways of healing. I thought I was the only one feeling this way inside. - Ernie Yellowback, Building Healthy Communities Worker (God’s River First Nation, ON.)
I really appreciated the workshop - its openness to heart-felt expereinces. The subject was very real and dramatic. It's good for the soul to continue to search. Warren Ironstand, Pastor/Clinical Support (Valley River, MB.)
What I liked best about the workshop was the presenter's style and the fact that everyone - the participants and the presenter - could openly express themselves. I would recommend this workshop to everyone who works with children and youth. Rey Anderson, Cultural/Spiritual Leader, DASCH (Winnipeg, MB.)
The helpful, knowledgeable facilitator and the sensitive format made for a wonderful supportive environment. I wish it had been longer. The workshop was amazing. I was so enlightened I didn't want it to end. Susan Shapely, Teacher (Kasabonika, ON.)
In a Sharing Circle each participant is both a learner and a teacher.