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Registration open for 2023 Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief

Gathering designed to support clinicians, school staff and others who work with grieving kids

Are you a professional who works with children experiencing grief? A student interested in helping kids cope with loss? A parent in search of resources and guidance? If so, mark your calendar for February 27-28 and the Safe Crossings Foundation’s 9th Annual Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief

The two-day educational event is designed to support providers such as clinicians, therapists and counselors, therapists-in-training, teachers, school staff, and healthcare workers but all are welcome.

Expert experience

Learn from those who have made understanding childhood grief their life’s work, including Alice Ryan, LICSW, clinical manager of the Journey Program at Seattle Children’s. Ryan will discuss the interrelationship of styles of attachment and the experience of grief and bereavement in youth. Nancy Dorrier, writer and co-founder Dorrier Underwood, will introduce participants to a writing practice that teaches a new way of listening to grief experiences. And Samiira Mohamed, MSN, executive director of Diaspora Family Healing Network will tackle the subject of grief support for underrepresented communities and the need support the non-death, chronic, and ambiguous losses that disproportionately impact people of color.

Other conference sessions include: 

Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief will take place February 27-28 at Seattle Children’s Sand Point Learning Center. Registration fees are $150 general admission and $75 for students. Scholarships are available upon request. To register, go to the conference website

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Cheryl Murfin

Cheryl Murfin is managing editor at Seattle's Child. She is also a certified doula, lactation educator for and a certified AWA writing workshop facilitator at