Presented by: Andrea Warnick
Kids Grieve2 Q&A is a free monthly on-line question and answer session aimed at bridging the knowledge gap that exists between the current literature and the adults who are supporting grieving children and youth. This initiative, which is open to anyone who has access to a computer and the internet, was launched in 2016 by Canadian Virtual Hospice and is utilized by parents and other caregivers, as well as professionals and volunteers from across Canada and beyond. It directly engages individuals and organizations to meet the needs of children who are experiencing dying, death or bereavement in their lives.
Community partnerships play an important role in this resource as different children’s grief organizations are invited to co-host the Q&A so participants have access to not only the expertise of Virtual Hospice, but from other organizations as well.
This workshop will provide an overview of the literature on supporting grieving children and youth, and will identify the disconnect that often exists between the literature findings and current practice. The workshop will describe the creation and evolution of the Kids Grieve2 Q&A, including a description of the toll-free children’s grief helplines available throughout Great Britain which served as the inspiration for the initiative. A segment of one of the recorded Q&A sessions will be played to allow participants to experience the platform. An in-person Q&A session will be included in the workshop, to give participants the opportunity to have their own questions answered and to learn from the questions of others.