Health and Wellness

Good Mourning: The Many Faces of Grief

Darcie D. Sims, Ph.D., CHT, CT, GMS

Good Mourning: The Many Faces of Grief – Talking to Children About Death and Grief

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP
I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO KEEP
IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE
I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO TAKE


A universal child’s prayer, meant to give comfort, it may, instead, inspire FEAR. Although many parents refuse to give voice to a child’s fears and concerns about death, they sponsor the utterance of these few words each night. Is this our only introduction to Death? For many children, it is the sum total of a family’s communications about death, loss and grief. While adults have a difficult time talking about death and grief, talking with kids about this is even harder! Join us as we talk to Alicia S. Franklin, a bereaved sibling, nationally known authority on children and grief, and the author of the award winning book, Am I Still A Sister? We’ll explore ways children express their grief and some tips on how to talk with them about this tough topic.