GriefTalk Resource Guides

NAGC Grief Talk FB cover

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)