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The Sharing Place

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  We love listening to NPR’s This American Life each week, and we were particularly struck by an episode that we heard last month. The piece, which originally aired in May of 2015, highlighted various areas of life that are difficult to discuss with children. An entire section was devoted to talking to children about death and grief, and we were fascinated by the information we learned about a grief-counseling center called The Sharing Place. Based in Salt Lake City, UT, this non-profit organization “provides a safe and caring environment for grieving children, teens, and their families to share their feelings while healing themselves.” We were intrigued as we learned more about The Sharing Place and the innovative tactics and techniques they employ to empower children to cope with their grief. One specific way they do this is by helping children identify and share the way their love one died, developing sensitive but frank ways of encouraging children to articulate their losses directly and profoundly. “Kids sit in support groups led by grown-ups, but the point is to allow children to talk to other children about their grief. They’re encouraged to speak in concrete language about death because, the thinking […]

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