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Introduction to Grief Support Series: The Invisibility of Child Sibling Bereavement

March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

Despite its significant occurrence, sibling bereavement is the most understudied area of bereavement. This session will examine why the sibling relationship is so important, the effects of sibling death across the different stages of childhood, and interventions to help children who have had a sibling die. Also discussed will be how a child’s concept of death changes as the child grows, the vital changes that occur in family dynamics after a child dies, and the external factors that must be considered when working with children who have experienced sibling death. This session will also include an interactive component in which participants will examine case studies of actual children who have had a sibling die and discuss the efficacy of the care they received.

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This session is part of the Introduction to Grief Support Series. To view the other sessions, click on the title below.

Session 1: How to Develop and Implement School-Based Grief Support
This session – Session 2: The Invisibility of Child Sibling Bereavement
Session 3: Homicide Loss 101


Target Audience: Students, interns, individuals entering the field of childhood bereavement, new staff members, new counselors, group facilitators, volunteers, anyone who wants to invest in their practice.
Instructional Level: Novice – This best describes a topic or issue that the prospective audience is encountering for the first time in a meaningful way.
Format: Live Interactive Webinar



After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define 2 qualities of the sibling relationship.
  • Compare developmental concepts of death across the span of childhood
  • Identify 3 ways in which adults can assist grieving siblings.
  • Explain how the family dynamic changes after loss of a sibling
  • List 3 external factors that must be considered when working with bereaved siblings.


Speaker Bios:

Maureen F. Walsh, NPFT, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and grief therapist. She has a private practice called Grief Weavers located at Hope Floats Healing and Wellness Center in Kingston, MA, where she works with individuals, children and families who are grieving. In March 2023, Maureen was appointed the Education Outreach Director at Hope Floats. In this position she conducts grief trainings for schools, clinicians, and community organizations. She trains all Hope Floats’ group facilitators and volunteers and offers grief support to community members after sudden deaths, i.e. homicide, suicides, overdoses and accidents, Maureen is the author of Tuck Meets a Dragonfly, a children’s grief story and The Weaving Hope Club, a peer bereavement support program for school children. Maureen is certified as a Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death, Education, and Counseling.



Refund/cancellation policy: If you need to cancel your registration, please contact Megan Lopez at or at (432) 288-4688. Please note that no refunds will be given.

To request accessibility accommodations: The National Alliance for Children’s Grief is committed to providing universal access to all our events. Please contact Megan Lopez at or at (432) 288-4688 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.


March 1
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
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