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Talking with kids and teens about serious illness, dying and death

What do I tell the kids? How do I support them? is a free online resource that helps parents support their children when someone in their life is dying or has died. It equips parents with the words and confidence needed to help children grieve life’s losses in healthy ways.

For Parents

Understanding children's grief and finding teachable moments Start now
Talking about dying and death Start now
Supporting a grieving child Start now


For Educators

Overview Start now
Grief in the classroom Start now
Strategies for supporting grieving students Start now
Support for student deaths Start now
Considerations for administrators Start now


Meet the Storytellers

We are grateful to those who generously shared very personal stories to assist others.
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What the parent says

Jenny talks about Mae's ongoing grief for her sister Phoebe.


This activity book helps kids think about how someone’s illness is affecting their life.


This activity book helps kids think about how someone choosing medical assistance in dying is affecting them

What’s new

Recorded webinar: Overview
Watch the November 2022 webinar hosted by Andrea Warnick, children's grief therapist.
Are you hosting an event on kids grief?
Email us the details of your event if you would like it to be featured on the website.
Kids Grief Q&A - DECEMBER 6, 2022 1:00pm ET

Free webinar! Andrea Warnick, children's grief therapist answers your questions. Sign up to stay informed about the date and time of upcoming webinars and to receive webinar links and recordings.

Upcoming webinars:

December 6, 2022
January 10, 2023
February 7, 2023
March 7, 2023
April 4, 2023
May  2, 2023
June 6, 2023

Calling all knitters and crocheters! Help us give “Memory scarves” for kids

Giving a grieving child a “Memory” scarf is a compassionate way to recognize their grief and let them know people care about them. We’ll link you with a hospice, support group or kids grief camp that will share your hugs.

Click for knitting pattern

Click for crochet pattern

Photo provided by ehpaulley.

“Grief” a short video by Aidan
Aidan Haak, a self taught 14-year old budding movie genius singlehandedly developed a 2 minute video short about kids grief using Lego and CGI. Watch Grief

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