Child Loss: Supporting Individuals Before and After
New Zealand, Senegal, El Salvador, Ireland
Every day 15,000 children die globally (more if you count prenatal deaths) thrusting parents into a process of coping with immediate and long-term effects. All cultures have ritualized customs for dealing with this process, conceptions of the deceased, and barriers for grieving. Working with palliative care teams, researchers, community organizations, counselors, and hospitals I seek to understand mourning across cultures and uncover strategies, tools, and resources to assist families with the process.