ONLINETalking With Children About Loss in the Age of Coronavirus

Top Pick May 6, 2020 Free
(Photo: Motortion/iStock)
(Photo: Motortion/iStock)

Families everywhere are facing loss in ways they never have before. For some, these losses are hitting closer to home with the deaths of loved ones, but all families are experiencing some amount of loss—a normal semblance of day-to-day life, the cancellation of anticipated celebrations, vacations, camps and more.

As parents seek advice and resources to navigate this newly uncharted territory, they’re turning to trusted brands like PJ Library to help draw a roadmap of the “new normal” of quarantine, as well as a toolkit for having more difficult conversations with children about death and dying, mourning and remembrance.

PJ Library will host a public webinar, “Talking With Children About Death and Loss in the Age of the Coronavirus.” This streaming video discussion will be free to families everywhere, helping them tackle one of the hardest subjects to deal with as a parent, approached through the lens of Jewish teaching and values.

Rabbi Melanie Levav, director of PJ Library in New York, will lead the webinar, facilitated by Sarah Ruderman Wilensky, director of organizational partnerships at PJ Library. Parents will hear a developmentally appropriate framework for fielding children’s questions and addressing complicated concepts. Rabbi Levav and Wilensky both wear many hats—chaplain, social worker, educator, child development specialist, Jewish professional—and they are also both parents, making this webinar salient and applicable.

Through this webinar, families will be able to:

  • Learn about the resources that are available to them around this topic
  • Hear from experts with backgrounds in pastoral care, social work, education and child development
  • Ask questions in advance and in real time of experts in the field
  • Feel less alone in their fears and discomfort
  • Find a useful vocabulary for having conversations with children around these topics
  • Communicate to PJ Library what Jewish families still need at this time

PJ Library wants to make sure we are addressing families’ most pressing concerns, so please submit questions here; questions will also be fielded live during the webinar.

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