Executive Director of the Dougy Center for Grieving Children, Dr. Donna Schuurman, talks with the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) about resources for children facing a loss. She’s joined by Pamela Gabbay, part of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. The two work closely with children who have experienced loss through death. They provide national resources and connect those looking for information with those who need information. Gabbay serves on the board of the Alliance, and works at the Morning Star Center in Palm Desert, California.
The National Alliance is a membership organization which can be accessed by individuals, organizations, parents, schools, and more. It’s a resource center, connecting people to articles, books, statistics, and other data or programming around the nation that serves children and teens. Losing a family member or friend to death at a young age is a unique challenge.
Online, you can find local resources via the Alliance. Finding a service for children, especially in rural areas, can feel like an overwhelming process. The membership is open to grief professionals working with teens and families, too. As an adult who’s charged with helping a child or teen heal, you need as much support as you can get. There’s often much more help available than people think. To join, simply visit the website, complete the form, and you’ll be instantly connected to a myriad of resources.
The National Alliance also has a national conference, with about 300 people attending each year. This is where you can get more information on how to help grieving children, as well as connect with others who empathize with you. Knowing where the support is begins the process and helps you know you’re not alone.