A Family Grieves After Death by Drug Overdose: A Case Study
With Sarah Montgomery, MSW, LCSW-C and Joy McCrady, MS, LGPC
Recorded April 2018 at ADEC's Annual Conference
Losing a loved one to overdose is complicated. Shame, guilt, blame, stigma and fear are often parts of this disenfranchised grief. As adults struggle themselves to comprehend this loss, how do they begin to explain this type of death to children? What words do we use? How do we offer support? This workshop will use a case study example of one family with school-aged children who lost their mother to drug overdose. We will explore developmentally appropriate language to use with children after an overdose death and identify strategies to guide children (and adults who love them) in their grief.
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