Grief & Loss in Childhood



A baseline of knowledge as to typical age grief behaviours, vocabulary, including play and a means of including the child in the death process are presented in this webinar and discussion.



Death is a part of life. Unfortunately, many modern cultures have difficulty with end-of-life, grief and bereavement, and even greater difficulty when children are involved, either as a member of a grieving family or as a child hospice patient.



The purpose of this webinar is to give nurses, midwives and other health professionals an understanding of childhood developmental stages and children’s responses to grief and loss throughout these stages.


Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will

  • Identify developmental age and understanding of death
  • Recognize developmentally related vocabulary for death
  • Describe play techniques to process death
  • Define approaches to include children in the death process


Who is this for?

This webinar is for nurses, midwives and other health professionals who deal with patients where death may be a possibility.



Colleen Cherry grew up in Buffalo New York where she attended college and worked at Buffalo Children’s Hospital as a Child Life Assistant during school and Child Life Specialist after graduation. Colleen moved to California and worked in an adult daily living skills facility for adults with moderate to severe intellectual developmental delays.

“I took a long ‘break’ to raise my three daughters who each had significant health issues. Once they were off to college, I returned to school receiving my Masters in Science CL, Certification Child Life Specialist and Certification in Thanatology, death education, and counseling. I began my Child Life private practice in 2013 and have enjoyed its growth and diversity of clients.” Colleen provides psychosocial care for children 2-24 years experiencing illness/palliative care, medical procedures, sibling support, end-of-life, divorce, loss, grief, and bereavement.

Course Content

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You’ll come away from this webinar understanding how to:

  • Identify developmental age and understanding of death
  • Recognize developmentally related vocabulary for death
  • Describe play techniques to process death
  • Define approaches to include children in the death process