Grief and Loss 101 for Educators

With Maria Trozzi

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Good Grief with Maria Trozzi

Thursday, Dec. 15th, 2-3:30pm

11 Charter Road, Acton, MA, United States

Parker-Damon Building Cafeteria

This professional learning trains teachers and school staff how to be ready to support and assist students through a crisis involving loss. Too often, schools are forced to utilize outside counseling services or crisis intervention teams who are unfamiliar to the student body and assist only those students who actively seek out their services. The Good Grief Program's 'Grief and Loss 101' training for educators is a preemptive tool that can be utilized to support all students.

In this training, you will explore the four psychological tasks of grieving:


  1. Understanding
  2. Grieving
  3. Commemorating
  4. Moving Forward.


Through this interactive training educators and school staff will not only gain critical knowledge and skills, but have an opportunity to develop and apply them. Topics will include:


  • Myths and inhibitors to the mourning process
  • How children understand death differently as they develop
  • How grief "looks" different in children
  • The power of school-based commemoration
  • How to identify children who are struggling with the tasks of grieving and how to intervene.

About the Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center

The Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center believes that in the crisis of loss lies an opportunity for developing and strengthening coping skills in all children. By accomplishing the four psychological tasks of understanding, grieving, commemorating and moving forward, children and adolescents can experience more positive coping that will empower them when facing subsequent losses.

Maria Trozzi, M.Ed.

Maria Trozzi, M.Ed., is an assistant professor of pediatrics, emeritus, at Boston University School of Medicine; co-founder and former director of the nationally renowned Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center, a consultant to the Child Development Unit at Children’s Hospital, and an author.

Her credentials and expertise have established her as one of the foremost experts in the country on resilience as families, schools and communities face crises.

For the past three years, she has provided individual and group consultation and training workshops to Naval Special Warfare operators (SEALS) and their families, pre- and post- deployment. After Boston’s Marathon bombing, she provided crisis debriefing to the health care first responders as well as nearby affected schools and community organizations.

In the wake of the recent tragedy in Newtown, she continues to provide consultation, lectures and training to schools affected. She has provided crisis consultation after Columbine at Littleton, Colorado, Hurricane Katrina, at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11, and in Grenada following Hurricane Ivan.

Since 1991, she lectured nationally to professional audiences in every major city with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, MD, as a regular faculty member of the National Seminar Series.

For more than twenty–five years, she has trained educators and healthcare professionals focused on promoting resilience in the face of loss via strategies that strengthen coping skills for families, institutions and communities.

She is a frequent contributor to both print and electronic media. She has appeared with Dr. Brazelton as co-host of his national television show “What Every Baby Knows” several times as well as several national news programs including “Larry King Live”, Early Show, CNN, NBC, ABC.

Her first book, Talking With Children About Loss, continues to be an essential reference for parents and professionals. She has authored several chapters in pediatric and academic textbooks, including research published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.


Maria lives in Boston and West Yarmouth and maintains a private practice dedicated to helping families face stressful life events.

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