Supporting the Sandwich Generation: Helping Families Cope with Grief & Loss


Across the nation, approximately 11 million “Sandwich Generation” caregivers simultaneously attend to the needs of their children and an aging loved one while balancing a career, household, and their own health.

Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center has teamed up with Shani Thornton, Certified Child Life Specialist to facilitate a series of FREE virtual workshops. They will address how loss and grief uniquely affect Sandwich Generation caregivers and their families. In these three sessions, learn more about the nuances of grief, understand how death and loss impact children of different developmental stages and develop skills for fostering healthier familial relationships and coping mechanisms. The series is designed to equip Sandwich Generation caregivers with tools to:

• Identify different types of grief and the nonlinear process
• Reflect on and appreciate that individual members in a family will respond differently
• Model healthy coping skills for children
• Communicate more effectively to encourage stronger family solidarity

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Session 1: May 11th 7:30pmPST:

Grief Overview: Different types of grief Sandwich Generation caregivers might encounter

Session 2: May 18th 7:30pmPST:

Family dynamics: How grief manifests at different developmental stages

Session 3: May 25th 7:30pmPST:

Coping with Grief Emotions

Sandwiched Series: Caring for the Sandwiched Generation

We often think about child-rearing and caregiving for an older adult as separate responsibilities that occur in different seasons of life. However, across the nation, approximately 11 million “Sandwich Generation” caregivers simultaneously attend to the needs of their children and an aging loved one while balancing a career, household, and their own health. What happens when working adults must negotiate the demands of intergenerational care within their households? COVID-19 has only intensified the struggles associated with this unenviable position. Sandwich Generation caregivers may feel even more squeezed during the pandemic and unsure of how to manage their own survival.

“Sandwiched” is a series that addresses the specific challenges “Sandwich Generation” caregivers face. Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center has teamed up with Certified Child Life Specialist Shani Thornton, MS to facilitate these FREE workshops.

Learn how to:

  • Engage in self-care

  • Foster healthy attachments at home

  • Ease children’s fear and anxiety related to COVID-19

  • Help children understand the disease progression of a sick or disabled loved one

  • Find support and develop coping strategies in a new world of social distancing

Each week you will have access to tip videos with content related to building new skills as a parent and caregiver. Following the release of the videos, Ms. Thornton will facilitate a specialized support group where you can discuss the week’s topic and connect with peers in similar situations. You can opt to participate in some or all of the sessions, depending on your needs.

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Session 1: Caring for the Sandwiched Generation Caregiver, 11/12/20

Session 2: Helping Kids Cope: Toddlers/Preschoolers, 11/19/20

Session 3: Helping Kids Cope: School-Aged Children, 12/3/20

Session 4: Helping Kids Cope: Adolescents, 12/10/20