WPP 015: Shelly Bathe Lenn from The Garden on healthy communication and helping kids feel safe after loss

You’ve got a very hard job, but not an impossible job. And, really make sure you’re taking care of yourself so that you can take care of your kids.
— Shelly Bathe Lenn, The Garden

I had such a great discussion with Shelly Bathe Lenn for this episode. Shelly runs The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Shelly and I had a wide-ranging discussion, covering topics such as:

  • Helping kids feel safe after loss;

  • Helping children express feelings after loss;

  • The importance of commemorating a loved one;

  • Being truthful with kids, even when difficult circumstances surround a death;

  • How parents can model healthy grief and emotions;

  • Running grief groups in schools; and

  • Book recommendations.

I hope you enjoy my discussion with Shelly Bathe Lenn.

Links & resources for this episode

The Garden’s website
The Garden on Facebook

Books recommended by Shelly:
The Dead Bird, by Margaret Wise Brown
When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death, by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
One Wave at a Time, by Holly Thompson
Orchards, by Holly Thompson
Joshua’s Song, by Joan Hiatt Harlow
Playing Dad’s Song, by Dina Friedman

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