It's Complicated: Processing grief when relationships are difficult, estranged, or unrecognized

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Presentation Description

Relationships can be complex, and death does not end our complicated relationship with others. How do we help both children and adults process their grief when the relationship with the deceased was less than perfect? These complications may be due to the person’s substance use, estrangement, abandonment, or divorce, just to name a few. In addition, family members may have different feelings about the person who died, making it difficult to share “good” memories. Recognize how adjusting language and activities can support children and teens in your programs to create a sense of belonging for people who may feel "different"than other members. This training will discuss strategies to support children and adults as they grieve these complicated relationships.


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

  1. Understand the implications of grieving the death of someone when the relationship was difficult or distant.
  2. Identify strategies for supporting children and adults who experience a death after a complicated relationship.
  3. Recognize the ways complicated relationships may affect how individual family members process their grief.

About the Presenter

Lane Pease is the Director of Programs at Kate’s Club in Atlanta, GA. Lane oversees the quality of all programs offered to Kate’s Club members and their families. She also leads KC Connects, the outreach program of Kate’s Club. She trains professionals in Georgia and nationally on working with grieving children and families. She is a National Training Associate with the Boys and Girls Club of America, serves on the editorial board of the American Cancer Society and on the Education Committee of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. She recently worked with the Georgia Commission of Family Violence to create resources to be used with families around the state. She is currently co-authoring a book for those raising grieving children scheduled to be released early 2021. Personally, she raised two grieving children who are now young adults. Lane holds a BA in Philosophy from Georgia State University and a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University.

Continuing Education

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National Board for Certified Counselors
CE Learning Systems and National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) are cosponsors of this program. The cosponsorship has been approved by NBCC. CE Learning Systems is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5951. The ACEP solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

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New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
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  • Complete an evaluation forms for each session you attended
  • Download your continuing education certificate in a PDF format

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