Children Helping Children Grieve / The LOVE Formula
This spotlight webinar is for School Administrators, Educators, School Counselors, Social Workers, Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapists, Culture and Climate Specialists, SEL Committee Leaders
Date: May 16, 2023
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM EST
Facilitator Name: Dianne Gray
We encourage children to be open and kind to others in their midst, but in times of grief and loss, they can often be heard whispering “I don’t know what to say!” By teaching a simple four-step approach to communicating with the grieving, children can learn a multi-dimensional approach to bridge-building that can lay the foundation for relationship skills for the rest of their lives. This formula also empowers student- instructor and student-student communication by encouraging non-verbal communication, as well.
Learn the four pillars of the Children Helping Children Grieve /The LOVE formula
Determine how student lead communications can be of assistance to both the grieving and the observer
Learn the basics of the biology of grief
Learn the different aspects of communication can enhance appropriate grief care in the classroom
Q&A: We will also offer an “no holds barred” dialogue on grief in the classroom immediately following.
Dianne GrayCARES Facilitator
For the past 30 years, Dianne has created, researched and implemented global advocacy, IT, education, and mass media initiatives involving all aspects of end-of-life, grief and palliative care. As an End-of-Life Doula and Certified Grief Specialist, she has helped hundreds as they face end of life and thousands who’ve needed her special blend of compassion, empathy and research-based care while trying to cope with profound grief and loss.
As an internationally recognized speaker and award-winning writer/journalist, she teaches physicians and clinicians how to communicate with patients and families throughout their grief and end of life journeys. She has revamped hospice and palliative care grief programming, so it is compassionate and effective. Her passion has always been children, with much of her work focusing on the K-12 population.
Dianne has also collaborated with Olivia Newton-John prior to her passing and was a producer for the award-winning film, Translucido, one of the first Latin American feature films about end-of-life decision making. For the past five years, Dianne also teamed up with an AI tech firm to develop outcomes that improve care nationally. Previously, she also founded four non-profit organizations, each focusing on improving life for seriously ill children and their families.
Dianne received a Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate from Harvard Medical School and is also Youth Mental Health First Aid certified. Dianne is past-president and 12-year board member of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, Global Ambassador of International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) and is co-founder of the American Academy of Pediatrics SOHPM, Parent Advisory Group.
Throughout, Dianne sees her family’s ten-year pediatric hospice/palliative care experience with her son, Austin (who of a neurodegenerative disorder) as the gift of a lifetime.