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Against Grieving in Silence: When A Young Child Loses A Parent with Rachel Stephenson

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on June 2, 2016 at 8:50 PM


Thursday June 9, 2016

10 am pacific/1 pm Eastern


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Join Dr. Karen Wyatt and her guest Rachel Stephenson, whose blog "Dear Dead Mother" and recent TEDx Talk have captured a great deal of attention. The two will explore the process of grief, particularly for a young child who loses a parent, and how childhood grief differs from that experienced by adults. Rachel is passionate about opening the conversation about grief and loss.


In this interview you will learn:


  • the dangers of grieving in silence as perceived by Rachel
  • the experience of suddenly losing a parent through the eyes of a young child
  • what needs to change in our societal conversation about death
  • how to be accepted for a TEDx Talk about death and grief
  • the difference giving a TEDx Talk can make


Rachel Stephenson is a writer, speaker, educator, and university administrator who is living fully with grief. She is currently the University Director of the CUNY Service Corps at The City University of New York, and her professional experience includes designing and implementing innovative experiential education programs in civic engagement, workforce development, and youth development; writing interactive curricula; facilitating/emceeing professional development workshops and special events; fundraising; and more at a range of educational institutions and non-profit organizations in New York City. She is married with three daughters. Though Rachel has not spent her career in the world of grief and bereavement, she has spent her life thinking about her own grief – her mother died suddenly when Rachel was five – and knowing that she would one day revisit her own story to connect with others about navigating loss.


Watch Rachel's TEDx Talk at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zIFGl5tPQQ


Website: https://deardeadmother.wordpress.com/


Categories: Grief and Bereavement