2020 Fall Conference

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For Children's Grief Awareness Month, the National Alliance for Grieving Children will host a Virtual Fall Conference on Children's Grief.  This year's webcast "Youth Bereavement Support: A Road Map to Inclusion” will take place on Friday, November 6, 2020.

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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Presentation Description

Inequities and power differentials (e.g., race, income, gender, sexual orientation, age) shape  meaning-making and service provision in grief and loss encounters (Bordere, 2016, 2018, 2019; Rosenblatt, 2016). The grief journey is often complicated by secrecy, economics, traumatic loss, and the impact of poverty on quality of life. Inclusive and ethical programming that is intentional and on-going continues to be a source of growth and of concern in our field. As grief professionals, it is important to understand the dynamics of these experiences and the centrality of self-care so that we can offer support that is ethical, relevant, and culturally sensitive to grief support needs (Bordere, 2018; Layne & Williams, 2013; Rosenblatt, 2016). The very diverse and unique nature of grief within broader contexts of racial trauma for marginalized population calls us to be innovative, progressive, and “culturally conscientious” and operate within ethical and socially just frameworks (Bordere, 2009, 2016) in our approaches with less resourced communities.

This experiential presentation will offer a lens to view ethical work with underserved populations, to include activities (Layne & Williams, 2013), cultivating peer support, inclusive and resonant facilitation, self-care, skill building, and family-based group and processing approaches. Together we will explore an inclusion framework for a 21st century approach to reach across divides to make healing connections in community grief, loss and trauma.

Session Objectives

  • Examine how diversity training, self-care, and planning are central to ethical practice and is beneficial to program and organizational development, goals, action steps, and outcomes.         
  • Explicate the importance of incorporating inclusion, socially just, and restorative perspectives into all family support and community outreach efforts as normative processes in ethically sound programming and service provision.
  • Explain how inequalities and power differentials (e.g., race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, age) shape meaning-making and service provision in grief and loss.
  • Identify barriers to inclusive programming, staff development, and outreach with underserved populations.
  • Discuss at least three community based and inclusive models grounded in ethical practices in to grief, loss, and trauma that hold promise for communities of difference.

Educational Goals

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explicate examples of inclusion and intersectionality that fits their population of service and community needs and its connection to ethical and socially just practice..
  2. Identify at least five barriers to inclusive practice in outreach and work with underrepresented communities impacted by multiple forms of trauma (race, gender, age) and inequities
  3. Describe ethically and socially just options for interventions with vulnerable populations and opportunities for self-care.

Presenter Information

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Alesia K. Alexander, LCSW, CT is a passionate, and spirited advocate for young people and communities. Ms. Alexander’s work over the last two decades has focused on inclusive practice, children and teens in school and community settings, specifically with children and teens that have lost a loved one to death. A licensed clinical social worker in Florida, Georgia, and Virginia, she has served as consultant to grief and loss centers across the nation on loss and inclusive practice. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for The National Alliance for Grieving Children. Ms. Alexander is a regular presenter and trainer regionally, nationally and internationally on grief, loss, inclusion, and at-risk youth development. She is the author of four resources for grieving children and communities. Tapestries: A Creative & Inclusive Approach to Grief Support for Youth & Communities (2013), Dream Clouds (2011), Un Mural Para Mamita/A Mural for Mamita (2001), Sunflowers & Rainbows for Tia: Saying Goodbye to Daddy (1999).

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Tashel C. Bordere, PhD, FT is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science and State Specialist in Youth Development at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is past editor of the The Forum, and a past ADEC Board member. Dr. Bordere has done numerous workshops, consultations, trainings and publishes works relating to diversity and resilience through loss including a co-edited/co-authored book, Handbook of Social Justice in Loss and Grief (Harris and Bordere, 2016). Her research areas include African American youth grief, coping, and homicide loss. She also developed S.H.E.D. Grief Education in the Schools.

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Kevin R. Carter, LCSW, currently serves as the Clinical Director for the Center for Grieving Children. Prior to the current position Kevin practiced in a variety of settings as a clinician, administrator and educator in community mental health, residential care for adolescents, hospice child/teen bereavement and also served as a field director in social work education. His primary interests are in grief/loss/trauma and in particular, how these issues impact children, youth and families in African American communities across the United States.


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second-lines and regular funerals in New Orleans. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 58(3), 213-232.

Bordere, T.C. (2009a). Culturally conscientious thanatology. ADEC Forum, 35(2), 1-4.

Bordere, T. C. (2016). Social justice conceptualizations in grief and loss. In D. Harris and T. C.

Bordere (Eds.). Handbook of Social justice in loss and grief: Exploring diversity, equity, and inclusion (pp. 9-20). Amityville, NY: Routledge.

Bordere, T., & Larsen, J. (2018). First Nations and African American youth bereavement. In C. Arnold (Ed.), Understanding child and adolescent grief: Supporting loss and facilitating growth. Amityville, NY: Routledge.

Bordere, T. (2019). Suffocated grief, resilience, and survival among African American families. In M. H. Jacobsen & A. Petersen's (Eds.), Exploring grief: Towards a sociology of sorrow. New York: Routledge.

Layne, A. K. A., & Williams, K. V. (2013). Tapestries: A creative and inclusive approach to grief support for youth and communities. North Carolina, S. C.: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Rosenblatt, P. (2016). Cultural competence and humility. In D. Harris & T. C. Bordere (Eds.), Handbook of social Justice in loss and grief: Exploring diversity, equity, and inclusion (pp. 67-74). New York: Routledge.