Grief and Loss: A Family Affair
Loss is a part of our everyday lives and part of the struggle of being human. As individuals educating and
mentoring children, we can all benefit from learning about the process of grieving. This workshop will
explore the developmental, familial, and spiritual dimensions of the grief process in children, adolescents, &
families. The different types of losses youth experience will be discussed, with a particular focus on the death
of a loved one or loss of a relationship. Unique characteristics of the grieving process for youth who have
experienced trauma will be explored. Didactic instruction, case discussion, artwork and writing will be used
to illustrate the essential aspects of the grief process. Ways to support grieving youth and creative coping
strategies for the various types of losses youth experience will be presented.
Presenter Laura Basili, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist whose therapeutic work focuses on how children,
families, and helping professionals make meaning of illness, suffering, loss, and adversity. Laura worked for
ten years as a staff psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and as an instructor at Harvard Medical School.
She now teaches part time in the psychology department at Middlebury College and has a private therapy
This workshop is co-sponsored by Addison County Hospice Volunteers. Please RSVP to Amethyst @ 388-4304 or firstname.lastname@example.org