GriefTalk Schools

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GriefTalk is an initiative of the NACG aimed at encouraging and supporting honest conversations around the topics of death and grief. In honor of Children's Grief Awareness Month 2021, we are focussing on supporting schools in the response to students who are grieving. 

This initiative has produced the following resources to date. 

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 by encouraging schools to invest in their Grief Talk.  

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Thank you to our GriefTalk Schools Contributors: (listed in alphabetical order)

  • Sara Asch, The Center for Grieving Children, Portland, ME
  • Nicole Barnes, LICSW, Park Nicollet Growing Through Grief, St. Louis Park, MN
  • Diane Carlson LMSW, CBC, Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation, Spartanburg, SC
  • Liz Carson, Kate’s Club, Atlanta, GA
  • Katie Wilberding Cross, LCSW, Judi’s House, Denver, CO
  • Timothy Dearhamer, LCSW, The Tristesse Grief Center, Tulsa, OK
  • Allyson England Drake, M.Ed, CT, Full Circle Grief Center, Richmond, VA
  • Michelle Gonzalez, MS, Uplift Center for Grieving Children, Philadelphia, PA
  • Michelle Halm, MA, M.Ed., CT, Pillars Community Health, La Grange, IL
  • Kelsey Hoeper, LPC, NCC, CT, Willow House, Bannockburn, IL
  • David C. Joswick, BS, MS Executive Dir.  New Hope for Kids, Maitland, FL
  • Laura Moore, EdD, CHES, CCLS, The Harbor Lights Foundation, Rye, NY
  • Lisa Moreno, M.Ed., M.A., LPC, RDT, CSC, NCC, Children’s Bereavement Center Rio Grande Valley, Harlingen, TX
  • Jessi Morgan,LMSW, Communities In Schools of the Permian Basin, Midland, TX
  • Camille Gerace Nitschky, Executive Director, Children’s Grief Center GLBR, Midland, MI
  • Buffy Peters, Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss, Des Moines, IA
  • Jessica Porte, The Elizabeth Hospice, Escondido, CA
  • Therese Ross, M.S., Executive Director, Rick’s Place, Wilbraham, MA
  • Rachel Saffer, LCSW-S, The Austin Center for Grief and Loss, Austin, TX
  • Elizabeth M. Sergent M.Ed, M.A., Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors , Charlotte, NC
  • Colleen Shannon, LICSW, The Children’s Room, Center for Grieving Children and Teens, Arlington, MA
  • Shawn T. Sledzianowski, NCC, LPC, CT, Highmark Caring Place, Warrendale, PA
  • Mandi Zucker, LSW, CT, Inner Harbor, Westfield, NJ

NACG Staff Team:

  • Adam Carter, PhD, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC, ACS, TF, National Clinical Director
  • Deirdra Flavin, MSc, CFRE, National Marketing & Development Director
  • Vicki Jay, Chief Executive Officer
  • Megan Lopez, MSW, LMSW, National Program Director 

This toolkit was created with philanthropic investment from our partner the

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