Helping Our Children Grieve


Grief is a difficult emotion for anyone. How do we, as parents and caregivers help our loved ones process death? Using a mixture of research, memoir, and expert advice, participants will:

  • Explore the grief experience of people with intellectual disabilities,
  • Learn practical steps to follow to help their loved ones grieve, and
  • Hear stories from other parents and share insights within a community of peers.


  • Don’t take my grief away – why we need to grieve
  • How do our children process grief?
  • Learning from each other: Personal stories
  • Practical rituals to help process grief

Sample Resources:

  • Brickell, C., & Munir, K. (2008). Grief and its complications in individuals with intellectual disability. Harvard review of psychiatry, 16(1), 1-12.
  • Dodd, P., Dowling, S., & Hollins, S. (2005). A review of the emotional, psychiatric and behavioural responses to bereavement in people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 49(7), 537-543.
  • Markell, M. A. (2004). Helping people with developmental disabilities mourn: Practical rituals for caregivers. Companion Press.