Charity, Roy, Atchison to discuss children's grieving Nov. 6

KBH provider Jacki Charity, LCSW, will co-present “Helping Your Child Through Grieving,” a free dinner presentation beginning at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Alfond Youth Center, 126 North St., in Waterville.

Many people struggle with the notion of death and dying.  It can be even more difficult to manage this topic with children.  Her interactive discussion is for parents who may have questions about how to manage their own grief, about preparing a child for loss and how to determine when your child may need to speak with a counselor.

Jacki’s talk will be followed by that of Jillian Roy, the Youth Services Coordinator at Hospice Volunteers of the Waterville Area. She will offer strategies for dealing with grief during the holidays as well as the loss of a pet.

The Rev. Bill Atchison then will talk about his becoming a widower in his 40s, with seven children in his family, and the spiritual aspect of grieving.

“Helping Your Child through Grieving” will close about 8 p.m., though speakers will remain available for anyone who wishes to discuss issues raised during the presentations. Families attending with youth are welcome and invited, and youth will entertained by qualified Center staff in a different space during Jackie’s presentation, to allow her to delve more deeply into the complex challenges experienced by grieving children.

At KBH, Jacki provides care for children, teens, adults and families. She also is an adjunct instructor at KVCC.  She is a Family Advocacy Outreach Network volunteer with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and a disaster mental health volunteer with the American Red Cross.

The event is the result of a partnering grant among KBH, the Alfond Youth Center and Hospice. Dinner reservations are requested (but not required) by calling the Alfond Center, 873-0684.

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