162: Supporting children through grief with Katie Lear

This episode builds on our conversation with Dr. Atle Dyregrov on the topic of talking with children about death, where we focused mainly on death as a general concept and navigating the first few days after the death. Grief therapist Katie Lear has a new book called A Parent’s Guide to Managing Childhood Grief and focuses on the much longer period of mourning that follows the death of someone close to a child.

We look at:

  • The four ‘tasks’ of mourning that most people (including children) move through
  • Activities we can do in each task to help children navigate their feelings effectively
  • long the process usually takes
  • Signs that a child is engaged in ‘complicated grief’ and needs more support
  • Where and how to find that support

Resources mentioned in the show
Katie’s website
The book A Parent’s Guide to Managing Childhood Grief
Selma Fraiberg’s book The Magic Years: Understanding and Handling the Problems of Early Childhood
The Dougy Center(resources and referrals to grief therapists)

Books Katie recommends for reading with young children
When Dinosaurs Die
Ida Always
The Endless Story
The Dead Bird
Goodbye Mousie


About the author, Jen

Jen Lumanlan (M.S., M.Ed.) hosts the Your Parenting Mojo podcast (www.YourParentingMojo.com), which examines scientific research related to child development through the lens of respectful parenting.

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