Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Understanding Grief and Loss
Adoption is said to begin with loss and frequently some degree of associated grief. The literature suggests that the experience of adoption brings with it amplified and recurring expression of grief and loss throughout people’s lives. What is grief and loss? How is it expressed by children? How does it show up in adoptive families? What can parents do to support their children? It is important to understand some of the feelings and thoughts children have about adoption. It is also important to learn how to help a child express and deal with those feelings. Recognizing the expression of grief and strategies for helping children give words to their feeling can be very useful, along with identifying resources to help children, and knowing when to seek professional assistance.