Yakima Valley Memorial hosts day-long workshop on helping kids cope with grief

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YAKIMA, Wash.- There are many things teachers teach your children at school, but one topic that is commonly overlooked is death and the grief that comes with it.

On Tuesday, March 21st Virginia Mason Memorial is sponsoring a day-long workshop with information on how to best respond to children and end-of-life issues.

This will take place at the Auditorium at Lakeview at 1470 N. 16th Avenue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

The workshop will cover topics on-

-Understanding and supporting the needs of children and teens who are coping with the death of a loved one.

-Tips for grieving students in the classroom and community.

-What to do (and not do) when a student dies.

The workshop will be led by Donna L. Schuurman, the senior director of advocacy and training at the Dougy Center: The National Center for Grieving Children and Families.

The organization is based out of Portland, Oregon and is the first center in the United States to provide peer support groups for grieving children.

Over the past 35 years, the center has served 40,000 children, teens, and their families.

Tuesday’s workshop is free but you are asked to register beforehand. To do so you can call 509.574.6746 or email

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