Supporting Children in Hospice: Podcast Interview

I’m thrilled to have had another opportunity to speak with Katie Taylor, Certified Child Life Specialist and Founder of Child Life on Call. I have had the privilege to share my work as a specialist in private practice, advocating for my kids with learning differences, and now working with children in hospice.

This is a really challenging population that specialists can work in. I look at it as an honor to be able to be present with a family and hold a safe space for them during a vulnerable and critical time.

Take a listen to our twelve-minute talk on how to best support families when their child is on hospice. Be sure to follow Child Life on Call on Instagram, and Facebook, and subscribe to their amazing podcast.

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My Journey with the Wind: Children’s Grief Book Spotlight and Giveaway

Guest Blogger, Ashley Wolfe

About the Book
In
My Journey With The Wind, A magical story of grief, a child whose brother died embarks on a magical journey coming to realize that the bond they thought was lost continues in their love for each other. At the end of the book, there is an interactive section of holistic therapeutic activities which match the theme and story and help the reader consider their own experiences with grief as well. These activities include emotion coaching, memory making, “grief storms” preparation, guided imagery for relaxation, and a prompt to look for messages of hope and love in their own life as well. This story and activity sections were designed to help facilitate difficult conversations about death and feelings of grief with children which can result from any significant change in their life. This book can be used by professionals working with children in school, hospital, hospice, and counseling settings as well as at home with caregivers. 

Where to purchase 

You can get your copy of My Journey with the Wind on Amazon. All the proceeds will go to Let Grace In, a nonprofit in Hawaii supporting families grieving the death of a child, to help fund their therapeutic bereavement programs and services. You can read more about their mission and upcoming events at letgracein.org

 About the Author

The author Ashley, MA, CCLS, has been a Certified Child Life Specialist since 2007 working in hospital, hospice, and educational settings helping children and their families emotionally through therapeutic play activities, coaching, and support groups. She feels honored to have learned so much from the children and families she has walked closely with and dedicates this book in their honor. You can connect with Ashley on Instagram at @The_Grieving_Well

We will be giving away a copy of “My Journey with the Wind” to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.

3. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @The_Grieving_Well and tag two friends in the post.

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 5/2/22.

How to Support Ukraine

I was recently contacted by Kaitlin Kulpa Welsh a Ukrainian American child life specialist who wanted to do everything she could to support her community. She is collaborating with disaster relief with plans for potential deployment and support of arriving refugees. She has also connected with Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church from Ludlow, MA. They created an Amazon Wishlist and have already shipped 300 large moving boxes to medical facilities and orphanages in Ukraine and Poland.

If you would like to support their efforts, click here to make a purchase from their Amazon Wishlist 

How to talk to kids about the war

Provide age-appropriate, honest information, and help to clarify misconceptions. It’s okay to say that you don’t know. Model coping skills for your own feelings and compassion for others. Limit exposure to social media and news outlets, replaying events is not helpful. Speak up for Ukrainians by sharing vetted information and sharing important facts about their country and its contributions to the world. Provide clarification that people from either country aren’t “bad” or “enemies,” this is about one leader who we can refer to as a bully as children can relate to that concept.

Children who have immigrated from or have strong ties to either country may have guilt about playing, going to school, and participating in activities. Provide reassurance that it’s okay and important to keep their normal routines.

A little more about Kaitlin Kulpa Welsh, Child Life Specialist

As a little girl, my Ukrainian grandmother would sing beautiful Ukrainian lullabies to me and tell me stories in Ukrainian at bedtime. We would run around in her garden and sing Ukrainian nursery rhymes as we fed the birds. Sometimes while rocking babies at work I’ll soothe them by singing the same songs to them. They don’t know what I’m saying to them but they smile anyway. By sharing parts of my heritage, I’m able to honor my family and share how special Ukraine and its people are. The world has watched as the Ukrainian people have suffered at the hands of the Russian government during this horrific invasion and have come together to support them.

It’s important to understand that the trauma of this war runs deep for many families within our community. There is a strong history of conflict in this region of the world and the war is reopening a lot of wounds. My great grandfather was arrested and executed during World War 2 for refusing to concede the power of the capital city of Kiev. My grandmother, her younger sister, and her mother were transported to a concentration camp in Germany and were allowed to live if they were willing to work as translators. I grew up hearing stories from my grandmother and have made it a priority to share the beautiful Ukrainian culture, share information about the Holocaust, and aid refugees from all countries.

The Ukrainian people have a strong fighting spirit and deep pride in their country.

Pictured is a quilt my grandmother made to display her love for her country.