This Beautiful Ugly - Still here. Now what?

How Do I Talk to a Child about Grief and Loss?

April 05, 2022 Sharon Stephenson and Dr. Deb Harrell Season 1 Episode 4
This Beautiful Ugly - Still here. Now what?
How Do I Talk to a Child about Grief and Loss?
Show Notes

Episode 4 - How Do I Talk to a Child about Grief and Loss?

“Mommy, where’s Grandpa?”  Oh no! The dreaded question.  Discussing loss with little ones can be emotionally tricky. But what if we had a tool that could help us have healthy conversations about loss, death, and grief? 

Today’s guest is Andrea Dorn, a mom, MSW, LISW-CP psychotherapist, and author of the Mindful Steps Series™. She has worked in the field with adults and children for over a decade. Our conversation is about how navigating the loss and grief process can be a challenging and unpredictable experience, especially for children, and why starting healthy conversations early with little ones about loss and grief can be helpful. We also provide tools to process those tricky emotions. 

In todays episode we will discuss:

  • At what age to introduce concepts like grief, loss & death
  • What normalizing grief means
  • What is mindfulness and different ways to practice mindfulness
  • How mindfulness practices can help a child through grief
  • What does mindfulness look like practically for children
  • And much more!

For more information on Andrea Dorn:  

To purchase: When Someone Dies - A Children’s Mindful How-To Guide on Grief and Loss  

FREE Mindfulness Resources | Andrea Dorn - Author

Mindful Steps Series - You Tube

Facebook: Mindful Steps - Home | Facebook

Instagram: @mindfulstepsseries

Grief and trauma resources:

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Original ACE Questionnaire

The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families | Portland, OR

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