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
I hope you enjoy my discussion with Shelly Bathe Lenn.
Links & resources for this episode
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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