Talking With Children About Loss
About the Author and the Book
Maria Trozzi, M.Ed., is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, a consultant for the Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital in Boston, and Director of the nationally renowned Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center. She has also established numerous Grief Circle Groups for children in Massachusetts.
Her credentials and expertise have established her as one of the foremost experts on child bereavement in the country. Maria was invited to Littleton, Colorado, after the Columbine High School shooting to administer crisis management consultation to parents, caregivers and educators of Columbine High School. After the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife and sister-in-law, the Boston Herald interviewed Maria in an article to help parents understand why this larger-than-life tragedy can have a traumatic effect on youngsters of all ages.
Authenticity and love are the mainstay of Maria's message. In part 1 of the book, the stories focus on how youngsters think, feel and react to any loss. The stories in part 2 highlight how bereaved children face the death of a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend and pet. Deaths from suicide, AIDS and community catastrophes are outlined in part 2 also. In part 3, the stories center around divorce, blended families, parental or sibling disabilities and everyday losses, what Maria calls the grief that keeps giving. In every chapter, Maria also details how vital our words and behavior are so that kids can embrace loss without suffering detrimental physical and psychological effects.
For more information about workshops, seminars, private consultation, and bereavement support groups that Maria offers through the Good Grief Program and Grief Circle Groups, write or call:
BU School of Medicine
Good Grief Program
Vose Hall, 4th Floor
88 East Concord Street
Boston, MA 02118