GriefTalk Resource Guides

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GriefTalk is an initiative of the NAGC aimed at encouraging and supporting honest conversations around the topics of death and grief. This initiative has produced the following resources to date. We will release the tools weekly across November. The conversation topics are:

  • Talking to Children about Death and Dying.  
  • Talking to a Child or Teen to Let them know Someone has Died
  • Talking about End of Life Memorials and Rituals 
  • Talking about Grieving as a Family 

The toolkits were created by a team of professionals who are dedicated NAGC members. With our members across the United States, we advocate for supportive conversations in this critical moment where a child's life is changed forever. Join us this November to encourage everyone to get comfortable with their GriefTalk.

Thank you to our GriefTalk Contributors: (listed in alphabetical order)

Erin Brodbeck, LCSW, CT, Director of Grief Services, Sunset Funeral Homes (Champaign, IL)

Karina Castillo, LCSW, Children’s Grief Support Program Manager, Community Hospice (Modesto, CA)

Colleen Cherry, Founder, PlayWell Child Life Services(Laguna Niguel, CA)

Alyssa Christensen, Grief Support Director, Mourning Hope Grief Center (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Lauren Clarke, Program Manager, Bridges for End-of-Life (Charleston, SC)

Lisa Conn, MSW, LISW-S, CAPT, Bereavement Counseling Professional, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton (Dayton, OH)

Pamela Gabbay, EdD, FT, Co-Founder, The Satori Group (Virginia Beach, VA)

Peggy Galimberti, LMSW- Clinical, ACSW, Program Director, Ele’s Place (Ann Arbor, MI)

Heather Gianatassio, Certified Child Life Specialist and Grief Counselor

Melissa Lunardini, MA, MBA, CEO, Radical Grief, LLC (San Diego, CA)

Valerie Myers MS, CT, CEO, Myers Compassionate Grief Services, LLC (Owings Mills, MD)

Kaela O’Donnell, MSW, LCSWA, Program Therapist, KinderMourn (Charlotte, NC)

Buffy Peters, Director, Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss (Des Moines, Iowa)

Irwin Sandler, Research Professor, Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Families (Phoenix, AZ)

Corrie Sirota MSW, PSW, Clinical Social Worker & Psychotherapist, Author and Clinical Director of Myra’s Kids Foundation (Montreal, Quebec)

Blair Stockton, MS, CCLS, CTP, CGCS, Compass Child and Teen Grief Services Coordinator, Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care (Flat Rock, NC)


GriefTalk Live

Screen Shot 2020 10 17 at 101710 PMA series of one-hour conversations, GriefTalk Live features NAGC CEO Vicki Jay in conversation with partners in the world of bereavement.  They will share the work their organizations are doing to support bereaved children and families in this moment and give their insights on how individuals and communities can support them.  These conversations will focus on practical tips in supporting bereaved children and their families and share resources. 

This public event is free for all attendees.  Register through zoom links on the website or watch live on Facebook.

November 3rd at 3 pm EST: GriefTalk with Terese LaVallee, Director, Highmark Caring Place focused on Children’s Grief Awareness Day, November 19th, 2020.  Replay Posted Below

November 11th at 2 pm EST: GriefTalk Live with Bonnie Carroll, President, and Founder and Renee Monczynski
Manager, Young Adult Program, Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS).
Register HERE.

November 19th at 3 pm EST: GriefTalk Live with Alex Mers, LPC, Director of Programs, Judi's House about the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM).  This conversation will target a more general audience and help them understand how the CBEM can help their advocacy on behalf of bereaved children.  Register HERE

November 23rd at 2 pm EST: GriefTalk Live with NAGC Board Members, Darcy Krause and Brennan Wood.  Register HERE



"Speaking Grief" A Public Media & Awareness Initiative

Speaking GriefSpeaking Grief explores the transformative experience of losing a family member in a death- and grief-avoidant society. This national public media initiative includes a television documentary, media-rich website, social media campaign, and numerous community engagement events, all aimed at starting a national conversation about grief.

Moving away from the idea that grief is a problem that needs to be “fixed,” Speaking Grief validates the experience of grievers and guides those wishing to support them. There is no “right” way to grieve. By sharing diverse representations of bereavement, Speaking Grief illustrates that grief is a universal, yet individual experience.  Learn more about this initiative by visiting their website


Free Webinars     Downloadable Toolkit     Membership Calls

For many that offer grief support to children, teens and those that care for them there are many challenges as a result of the social distancing that is necessary in light of the global pandemic.  We are creating a series of free resources, educational opportunities and connection calls to facilitate those who work with grieving families accommodating to the current reality.  Please share these broadly so that we can support the widest audience.  Together we can succeed in continuing to provide a safe space for children and teens to process their grief.  We will Grieve Alone but Together.

Free Webinars on a range of topics centered on grief support in our current reality (and recordings for past webinars).

Look for ones tagged COVID response. These webinars focus on program challenges our membership are experiencing along with general support skills that are appropriate for professionals and caregivers. These are free and open to everyone. Please join us and share so we can support the widest audience possible.

Go to Webinars

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NAGC Toolkit in both English and Spanish, “Responding to Loss and Change”.

Free to download and share for all. We want you to know you are not alone in the experience, the challenges it may be creating and the feelings that may be surfacing. In response to this, the NAGC (with the support of Alex Cares for Grieving Youth®) has released the booklet "Coping with Change and Loss" to be shared freely with families.
Download English Toolkit

Downlaod Spanish Toolkit

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Membership Connection Calls

We have two per week – one if for general leadership and one is for Executive Directors exclusively. Look for the weekly member email with specific access links to these calls.

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The NAGC would like to encourage everyone to prioritize self-care. For many of us, there is grief in the loss of normalcy, and we encourage you to hold space for that.