Children and Funerals

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February 13, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Pacific (1.5 hours)
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Presentation Description

When a child has someone special die, it is vitally important to allow the child to feel included in the planning of and the participation in the funeral process. During this presentation, we will discuss why it is beneficial to include children in this process as well as ideas on ways they can be included. We will discuss how to explain difficult topics (such as death, suicide, substance-related deaths, cremation, etc.) to children based on their developmental understanding and also describe the first viewing support model that we have designed and provide for families viewing their deceased loved one prior to the visitation and/or funeral.    

About the Presenters

Buffy Peters is the Director of Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss. The Academy provides grief-related education, resources, and support to families served by Hamilton’s Funeral Home and the community. Buffy obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Iowa State University in December 2012 and joined the Hamilton’s family in August 2014. In addition to directing the day-to-day operations of the Academy, Buffy helps facilitate two children’s grief programs, school grief groups and a Pet Loss Support Group. She is also active in the community providing presentations to various organization on a variety of grief & loss topics.

Sasha Mudlaff is the Grief Consultant for Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss which she co-founded in 1996 as a division of Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Des Moines, Iowa. She is the third generation owner/employee in the family business. Sasha received her B.A. from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa and her M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University in New York. Sasha’s involvement in schools throughout the state includes student support, teacher training and crisis support. She’s called to provide presentations, training and education on the topics of grief, loss and trauma locally as well as across the country.


1. Participants will be able to use developmentally appropriate language, examine how to discuss difficult topics with children and families such as death, cremation, suicide, and substance-related deaths.

2. Participants will be able to discuss why it is important for children to be involved in the funeral planning and funeral services and explore several ideas of how to do this.

3. Participants will be able to describe our first viewing support model and how to implement it in order to effectively help prepare children and families to view their deceased loved one at the funeral home.

Continuing Education

CE Learning Systems, LLC:APA - The National Alliance for Grieving Children's continuing education co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems, LLC, is approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ASWB - CE Learning Systems, (Provider #1020), is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of State Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE program.  ASWB Approval Period: 02/23/2013 - 02/23/2016.  Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.  Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.NBCC  - Co-sponsorship approval is pending

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