Raising Joy: Helping Children Through Grief With Dana Minor From The WARM Place
In the latest episode of Raising Joy, Dana Minor shares how to help children through grief.
On episode 10 of the Raising Joy podcast, hosts Wini King and Kristen Pyrc, M.D., speak with Dana Minor, M.S., LPC-S, CSC, program director for The WARM Place, a non-profit that provides free grief support services to children and teens in Fort Worth, Texas.
Minor has more than 25 years of experience helping children through grief. In this episode, Minor discusses helping children understand death and debunking some of the myths about grief. She shares ways to help children process their grief.
Minor shares how The WARM Place, which has served more than 43,000 children and families, provides memorial opportunities and ceremonies for children and shows them how to carry the memory of their loved ones forward.
The WARM Place provides a safe, compassionate space for children and their families grieving the death loss of a loved one. In peer support groups , they share that whatever they're feeling is OK and that it's a safe space.
“We share how it’s OK to cry, it’s OK to laugh and to respect each other," Minor said. “There are so many ways that they feel that sense of comfort and community by being around other children.”
Raising Joy is part of Cook Children’s Health Care System’s JOY Campaign, a communications initiative aimed at preventing youth suicides. For more information about the JOY Campaign, visit cookchildrens.org/joy.
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