Childhood Bereavement: Supporting Children and Family Members After a Death 

April 17th, 2020

11:30am – 1:30pm

Location: The Boulder Jewish Community Center
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 Brian Keating, MA LPC Community Pathfinders Provider (Judi’s House/JAG Institute, Member, National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC)Host: Barry Erdman

About The Presentation

This presentation aims to provide information to the community on how to support the needs of grieving children. Topics covered include how grief presents throughout the different developmental stages of children; what to expect as typical developmental behavior vs. grief reactions; why intentional language is important in death and dying, and how and why to have conversations about true cause of death.

About the Presenter

As a member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children and a Community Pathfinders Provider through Judi’s House/JAG Institute, I have dedicated my career to supporting children impacted by a death-loss. Drawing from an integrated approach of play therapy, mindfulness, and attachment theory, I approach bereavement from a non-diagnostic model that supports grieving children in how to integrate the death of a significant person in their lives in a way that is healthy and meaningful.

Drawing from the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM), 1 in 17 children in Colorado will experience the death of a parent or sibling before the age of 18. The topic of childhood bereavement is a public health concern impacting the community throughout various faiths, spiritual disciplines and beliefs. Many bereaved children suffer from mis-diagnosis, experiences of invalidation, and the consequence of unhelpful choices due to maladaptive coping skills. As a past attendee and supporter of Interface Boulder, I hope to offer the helping professionals, spiritual leaders, and families of the Boulder community an opportunity to engage in a conversation around how to support grieving children.

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