Sesame Street: When Families Grieve

by NYC Firm Schools on April 13, 2010

We strongly recommend Sesame Street Workshop’s “When Families Grieve” which will premiere tomorrow, Wednesday April 14th at 8pm (Check your local PBS listings, but for those in the NYC area, it will be on WNET, Chanel 13). The program, a rare primetime special in which Elmo and his friends appear, is aimed at helping families cope with the death of a loved one. Katie Couric and Elmo are featured.

Among topics addressed by the program: talking to kids about death, working through difficult feelings, strengthening relationships, and moving forward as a family.

“Death and loss are a part of life, but they are very difficult for adults to discuss, much less children,” says Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Vice President for Outreach and Educational Practices at Sesame Workshop.

The program’s website also includes printable tools and other online resources in speaking with your young children and teenagers.

Here is another preview of the show:

For families in NYC, one of the best resources for helping bereaved children and their families is A Caring Hand (ACH), The Billy Esposito Bereavement Center. The center opened in 2008 and now operates the only free-standing, comprehensive bereavement center in New York City. The Bereavement Center’s services and program help children, teens, caregivers, teachers and professionals learn healthy ways of dealing with grief.

Here is a video about the Center:

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