2016 Fall Conference and Webcast

For Children's Grief Awareness Month, the National Alliance for Grieving Children will again host a Fall Conference & Webcast on Children's Grief.  This popular event will feature thought leaders from the field of childhood bereavement who appeal to a diverse audience, including, funeral service, hospice care, health care, education, mental health, child welfare, and bereavement support professionals.

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Understanding the Impact of Death, Dying, and Bereavement among Urban Youth Populations

Death, dying, and bereavement in urban communities are themes that appear almost daily in news headlines. Rarely is there any discussion on a national level as to how this impacts the lives of children and teenagers living in urban communities. However, death in the family and in the community has a huge impact on the daily lives of urban youth. This presentation will provide insight into the challenges faced by urban children and teenagers grieving the death of people in their lives and in their communities. Education, Mental Health, Funeral Service, Religious and Bereavement Professionals have a unique opportunity to provide support and understanding to youth in the urban community. Our panel of three professionals living and working with children and teenagers in high need urban communities will share their personal experience working with this population. They will share information about the impact of grief on the lives of urban youth, and provide insight into how to help bereaved youth in the urban community in culturally informed and sensitive ways.

Learning Objectives:

Discuss how death in the family and/or community impacts the lives of Urban Youth.
Describe the challenges faced by Urban Youth grieving the death of people in their lives and communities.
Provide culturally informed counseling and support to bereaved Urban Youth.
Recognize the importance of incorporating inclusion and restorative perspectives on diversity and inclusion as a central part of all family support and community outreach efforts.
Identify at least three personal barriers that are a challenge when working with populations of difference and identify barriers to inclusion in programming and staff development.


Leon Henry (Baltimore, MD) is the Violence Reduction Manager for Operation Cease Fire, an initiative specifically aimed at reducing youth gun violence. Mr. Henry brings over 25 years’ experience working in underserved communities, with an emphasis on addressing community responses to violence in their neighborhoods.

Alesia K. Alexander, MSW, LCSW, CT (Atlanta, GA) is the founder and Executive Director of Project KARMA, Inc., a non-profit organization created to support at-risk young people aged 5-18, facing loss and possible gang involvement.

Kaaren Andrews (Seattle, WA) earned her bachelors from Princeton University in 1993 and went on to earn her masters in educational policy from Stanford University in 1999. Currently, Kaaren is the principal at the Interagency Academy, Seattle’s “last-chance high school”, an alternative high school for at-risk teens.

Originally Recorded:
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Johns Hopkins Hospital
1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21287

Noon – 5:00 pm EST

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