In 2004 I went to Johns Hopkins University to take a course with this mighty 5′ tall woman, Linda Goldman. The class was full of educators from around the Washington, Baltimore area. Many had seen deaths on their playgrounds, one student had lost an entire family in the 9/11 attack on the pentagon.
I was the naive student from Canada who figured that “yes, you can talk out any problem, and all things can be solved by talking about them”. And in response to that belief a big burly student in the back of the room said ‘Kath, you need to start working with the living not the dead!”
Linda held us all spell bound for at least two weeks. From story to story she helped us learn how to apply the theory. Her resources, including the 2nd edition of the book “Life and Loss” has remained one of my favorites ever since.
How thrilled I am to see that Linda has updated this book. Her annotated bibliography was excellent before, with creative and current books and topics of books that might be so helpful to look at before trying to have conversations with students.
Do have a look at the website, and feel free to comment on this resource!
Life and Loss:A Guide to Help Grieving Children, 3rd Edition by Linda Goldman.