Oates Institute

Helping Children Grieve-2018


In what ways do children experience grief and loss? Why is it important for children to express their grief? How may we best help children during times of bereavement so that every child has the chance to heal? As much as we would like, we cannot protect children from the reality of loss and the grief associated with it. How, then, shall we provide children with the support they need to articulate and work through experiences of loss? How do we help children grieve?

The Oates Institute invites chaplains, social workers, pastors, counselors and other care-givers to explore this issue in this seminar on Helping Children Grieve.

Childhood grief responses vary greatly. They are different from child to child, and they correlate to the type of loss experienced. “The death of a pet or best friend moving to another town might be mild for one child and very difficult for another. The loss of a parent shakes the foundation of a child’s world and alters the essential fabric of a young life. Moreover, grief is particularly complicated for children as they have little else to compare to the experience and have few tools for coping… It is essential that the adults they look to for help and guidance be on-hand with support and resources to meet their needs” (Mera Cossey Corlett).

This seminar will address the many facets of childhood grief with the goal of educating, sustaining and expanding the resources available to those who stand with the youngest members of our communities as they grieve.

Presentations include:

The Moon Is Just the Moon: A Child’s Growth Into Grief after Loss of a Mother-E Michelle Tupper Butler

A Lipstick, a Ribbon, and a Grey Clay: Creating Grief Rituals for Children-Mera Cossey Corlett

Math Lessons for Helping Grieving Children-Greg Adams



You may participate in this seminar from wherever you are. All you need is your tablet or computer and access to the Internet. You may also participate according to your schedule. By spreading the discussion out over several weeks using a discussion forum, you may read others posts and submit your own to the conversation at times that are convenient to you.

This seminar will use the Oates Institute’s Connected Learning approach, which invites participants to reflect on their experience in light of the assigned readings and share the insights of that reflection with the group. This allows us to more fully engage with what the author and seminar facilitator share and we discover new insights about ourselves in light of our experience. Often we discover that we know more than we thought we did. Sharing our insights helps us go deeper and to also learn from one another’s experience. One of the exciting aspects of online seminars is that the participants are from so many other places providing us with the opportunities for learn from other regions and cultures.

Continuing Education Requirements:

As a participant in this online seminar you may earn 12 contact hours of continuing education credit by reading the resource and other presentations and participating in the discussion. Those seeking continuing education credits must contribute at least two posts per week to the discussion — one reflecting on the presentations or case studies in light of personal experience and context and a second responding to someone else’s reflection or inquiry. The evaluation form submitted at the end of the seminar serves as the CEU application. Following your submission of this form you will receive your CEU certificate.


As with all Oates Seminars, registration for this seminar is simple. Members may register for free by simply applying for the course in the upper right corner of this page. Non-members may participate by also applying for the course where you will be taken to a payment page. Select the $95 non-member seminar registration choice, pay and you’ll be registered. If you have any difficulties at all, please email us at registration@oates.org.

For non-members, you can save money over the long-term by becoming a member, too! A one-year clinical membership is just a few dollars more than paying for two seminars as a non-member. So BECOME A MEMBER and save!

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