Oct 12

Grief and Healing: addressing children’s and adolescents’ needs

In this presentation, we will discuss grief in children and adolescents and how we can support families in this process. We will discuss the many ways in which grief can be experienced, types of grief, youth reactions to loss, and concrete ways to support them through this difficult time.

This is a difficult subject that can bring you back to your own experiences of grief. This may be especially true if you are looking at documents about this topic outside of COP small-group activities where you can receive support from other members. Please feel free to take a moment to rest, discuss it with somebody, or contact us if you need to.

Meeting Resources


  • Bonanno, G. A., & Kaltman, S. (2001). The varieties of grief experience. Clinical psychology review21(5), 705-734..
  • Briggs, J. L. (1970). Never in Anger: Portrait of an Eskimo Family. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press
  • Van der Kolk, B. A., & McFarlane, A. C. (Eds.). (1996). Traumatic stress: The effects of overwhelming experience on mind, body, and society. Guilford Press.
  • Herman, J. (1997). Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence—From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror. (First published 1992.) New York, NY: Basic Books.
  • Jérôme, L., Biroté, C., & Coocoo, J. (2018). Images de la mort et ritualisation du deuil sur les réseaux socionumériques: des usages de Facebook en contexte autochtone. Frontières29(2 Kelly L, Minty A (2007). End-of-life issues for Aboriginal patients: a literature review. Can Fam Physician.; 53(9): 1459-1465.
  • Kellehear A. (2000). Spirituality and palliative care: a model of needs. Palliat Med, 14(2): 149-155
  • Kubler-Ross, E. (1969). On Death and Dying,, Macmillan: London.
  • Kübler-Ross, E., & Kessler, D. (2005). On grief and grieving: Finding the meaning of grief through the five stages of loss. Simon and Schuster.

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