Have you ever been to support group? I hadn't, until a couple of months ago - I was going down a grief rabbit hole on the internet, just looking for advice and other people to relate to and who knows what… but I came across a local bereavement support group for people who have experienced the same type of loss that I have with my mom. So I decided, what the heck, let’s try this… I've only been to two so far (it's monthly), but it's definitely been helpful to me.
Brennan Wood is the executive director of Dougy Center, the National Grief Center for Children & Families. They provide support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and families who are grieving can share their experiences before and after a death. Brennan is also the secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. And, she was once a grieving child herself. But I’ll let her tell you more about that.
She’s also an author of a book coming out in January, called A Kids Book About Grief.
So I loved talking to Brennan about how she started talking about her grief, how we can help kids talk about theirs, and how there really is no “right” way to grieve.
Pre-order Brennan's new book, A Kids Book About Grief: https://bit.ly/kidsbookgrief
Check out Dougy Center: dougy.org
Books recommended by Mentally Together guests: https://bookshop.org/lists/mentally-together
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