When: 2/16/17, 8 AM PST - 3:00 PM PST
Where: California Endowment
What is Childhood Grief and Traumatic Loss?
Grief and loss can be one of the most difficult experiences in your life when someone you love dies. Some describe their grief as coming in waves. When you least expect it, you may be struck by the wave and carried along with it. Emotions are felt differently for everyone at different times throughout the grief process. As ordinary people, we may choose to avoid talking about death and dying. Our avoidance can take several forms, for example, we may not know what to say, or an emotional trigger or memory may prompt our silence. In today’s society, we are surrounded with stories of grief and loss: we watch a funeral procession pass by, we experience a personal loss, we listen to the radio, watch TV, or read an internet account of someone’s death, or of lives lost to community violence or natural disaster. Grief becomes part of our everyday life in some form or another.
With the support of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Mental Health and Public Health, the Los Angeles County of Office of Education, ICAN/ICAN Associates, The Center for Grief and Loss for Children, a Program of Hathaway-Sycamores, The California Association for Child Life Professionals, and many other professionals, we were able to come together for a ninth year to talk about treating childhood grief and loss.