Have you ever supported a family who was really struggling with their child's new diagnosis? Have you experienced the death of a child with whom you worked? Did you feel like you needed more tools or skills to support these families? Join us as we talk about the Family-Centered Care tenants that provide a foundation of support when responding to the needs of children and families experiencing grief. Anticipatory grief, grief and loss are typical responses when faced with a new diagnosis, a life-altering change, and transition to end of life care or bereavement. Learn what parents with lived experience have to say about their needs along the continuum and how providers can respond in ways that help families cope and hope.   

Michele Tryon, CCLS    
Michele has worked with children and families for over 30 years, and has provided programming and services in the hospital, home, school and community setting. Michele is a Certified Child Life Specialist, a Certified Positive Discipline™ parent educator, a nationally recognized trainer/consultant for Nurturing Parenting Programs™ and co-author of The Nurturing Program for Parents and Their Children with Special Needs and Health Challenges© Michele served as a faculty member for the national Initiative For Pediatric Palliative Care (2003-2008), coordinated All Inclusive Care for Children Coalitions in three regions of New York state (2002-2006) and has served on several family centered care, palliative care and practice committees at The Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters where she is currently employed as Community Outreach Coordinator.