Grieving Children and Their Families

Live Interactive Webinar 
Instructor: Nancy Cincotta, M.Phil, LCSW, CLS
Level: Intermediate
CEs: 3
Target Audience: Social workers and other social service providers working in palliative care.
Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction: Live interactive webinar with discussion. Instructor will use group discussions. Attendees are visible to one another in Zoom Meeting and are encouraged to be active participants with their camera and/or microphone in order take part in discussion. Login information will be emailed to all program participants in advance of the start of the program.
System Requirements: Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software.

This session uses a developmental framework to address how death, grief, and bereavement shape self and identity. Using research drawn from work with children, concepts of “normal" grief are challenged and alternative views of grief and bereavement presented.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define theoretical frameworks that guide bereavement work with children and adolescents
  2. Describe the unique needs of bereaved children and adolescents from a developmental perspective
  3. Identify concrete tools and language for explaining illness and death to children
  4. Explain appropriate interventions for supporting grieving children and adolescents


  • 2:15 - 2:35 p.m. ET
    • Class overview
    • Introductions 
    • Goals and intentions for the afternoon 
    • Specific questions/topics that group would like covered 
  • 2:35 - 2:55 p.m. ET
    • Theories of grief and bereavement 
    • Impact of grief and bereavement theory on how we view childhood bereavement and bereavement stage/phase theories 
    • Task models 
    • Continuing bonds 
    • Dual process model 
    • Meaning making and constructivist theories 
    • Multidimensional grief theory 
  • 2:55 - 3:50 p.m. ET
    • The grieving child - overview 
    • Research 
    • Clinical/case examples 
    • Behavioral responses
    • Communication 
    • Family relationships 
    • Cognitive development 
  • 3:50 - 4:00 p.m. ET
    • Break
  • 4:00 - 4:20 p.m. ET
    • The grieving child - developmental considerations 
    • 0-2 Years 
    • 3-5 Years 
    • 6-9 Years 
    • 10-13 Years
    • 14-17 Years 
    • 18 Years + 
  • 4:20 - 4:40 p.m. ET
    • The grieving child-family, community and culture 
  • 4:40 - 5:00 p.m. ET
    • Needs of grieving children
    • Providing truthful, age-appropriate information 
    • Inclusion in death, dying, burial and memorial rituals 
    • Identification and expression of emotion 
    • Clinical interventions 
    • Case examples 
  • 5:00 - 5:20 p.m. ET
    • Supporting grieving children - before and after a death 
    • Individual, group and family interventions 
    • Schools 
    • Camps/summer programs 
  • 5:20 - 5:30 p.m. ET
    • Q&A and resources
Nancy Cincotta smiles at the camera wearing a blue sweater and standing outside in the snow.

Nancy Cincotta, M.Phil, LCSW, CLS

Professional Education Instructor
Nancy Cincotta, M.Phil, LCSW, CLS is a nationally known expert regarding issues that children and families experience while living with life-threatening illness…
Completion Requirements for Live Interactive Webinars

Live, interactive webinars are synchronous, virtual courses held in a Zoom meeting. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the training. Participant attendance is tracked through Zoom. To earn CE credit, participants must also complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Receiving CEs is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?
Upon completing the webinar evaluation, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of webinar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records.