Course Description

Introducing your child to the concept of death, or helping them cope with the death of a loved one and the grief that follows isn't easy. 

This course will be right for you if you have a child:

  • Who just experienced the death of a pet, friend or a family member. 
  • Who is trying to understand life and death after someone they know no longer lives. Who is grieving. 
  • Who is questioning what life and death is, even if they haven’t directly experienced a death.

What Will I Learn?

  • How children process grief
  • How to begin the conversation
  • How to answer tough questions
  • Strategies to help your child cope
  • How to ask for help if you're struggling with your own grief
  • Activities to help your child honour life and process their grief

Processing loss is one of the hardest experiences your child will go through and one of your toughest parenting moments. This course gives you the words, strategies and activities you need to make it a bit easier.

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Course curriculum

  • 03
    Starting the Conversation
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    • Starting the Conversation
    • First Talk about Death: Activity for Ages 6-9
  • 04
    Expressing Your Grief
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    • Expressing Your Grief
    • Support & Love: Activity for Ages 3-9
    • Feelings Release: Activity for Ages 6-9
  • 05
    Answering Hard Questions
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    • Answering Hard Questions
  • 06
    Countering Avoidance
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    • Countering Avoidance
    • Remembrance Art: Activity for Ages 3-9
    • "Saying Goodbye" Letter: Activity for Ages 6-9
  • 07
    Helping Your Child Cope
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    • Helping Your Child Cope
    • Life Continues: Activity for Ages 6-9
    • Keep the Light Going: Activity for All Ages
    • Remembering Stone: Activity for Ages 3-6
  • 08
    Let Others Help
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    • Let Others Help
  • 09
    In Cases of Suicide
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    • In Cases of Suicide
  • 10
    Conclusion
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    • Coping with Death - Conclusion
  • Instructor

    Dr. Jillian Roberts has been working with children for more than twenty years, first as a primary schoolteacher, then as a child psychologist and an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Victoria. She is the author of the critically acclaimed “Just Enough” book series for children and the creator of the “Key Facts of Life” app. She has also published numerous scholarly articles and given presentations on educational and health psychology around the world. Jillian is also a wife and mother of three children.

    Dr. Jillian Roberts

    Child Psychologist