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Coming Together to Support Children’s Grief

The National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG) 27th Annual Symposium was held June 17-19 in Denver, Colorado. This year, The WARM Place sent 6 staff members to this inspiring event, with a record 576 attendees from across the United States and beyond. The symposium allows grief support professionals, clinicians, educators, and volunteers to come together, gain valuable educational experiences, and feel a sense of connection with others that advocate for families who are grieving.

Throughout the symposium we had the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of presenters on topics important to children’s grief, program development, exploring grief support activities, and much more.  Making connections with our colleagues in the field of children’s bereavement provided meaningful conversations, an opportunity to exchange information and ideas, and so much inspiration.

In addition to the interactive presentations, we had the opportunity to visit our local host organization, Judi’s House/JAG Institute. Their dedicated staff and volunteers opened their lovely center for a tour of their new facility, shared activities they use in their grief support groups, and provided a welcoming environment.

Thank you to the NACG staff members for an incredible event, and thanks to premier sponsor New York Life Foundation and all the other sponsors for making this symposium such a meaningful experience.  We were so fortunate to be surrounded by so many caring individuals from various children’s grief centers, hospices, mental health centers, youth programs, and hospitals.  We are grateful for the continued dedication to supporting families and their grief journey.

Dana Minor, M.S., LPC-S, CSC

Dana Minor, M.S., LPC-S, CSC

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