Training for Professionals

As the leading nonprofit bereavement center in Massachusetts serving grieving children, teens, and families, our staff provides trainings, consultations, crisis response, and workshops. We educate the community about issues related to grief and loss, using the expertise we’ve developed through working with thousands of grieving children, teens, and adults.

TCR trains groups at schools, medical centers, community agencies, and other organizations to help professionals understand how to best support grieving children, teens, and families. We offer trainings on a variety of grief education topics, which can be customized to meet any organization’s needs.

We know that grief and loss can be difficult topics to address. We offer services that are proactive as well as responsive to crisis situations in your school or community.

Our current education services include:

  • Consultations
  • In-Service Trainings
  • Workshops

Recent Workshops

“If We Lost Uncle Davey, Why Don’t We Just Go and Find Him?”
Strategies for Helping Young Children (ages 3–8) Understand and Cope with Death, Loss, and Other Stressful Life Events

Death and other stressful life events challenge the coping skills of children as well as the adults working with the children. When the adults in a child’s life have an understanding of how young children understand and cope with loss from their developmental lens and have a tool bag of language and strategies to support the children, they feel prepared for any situation that may arise.

  • How do we give young children sad and difficult news?
  • How do young children grieve? Is it different from adults?
  • At what age is it appropriate to attend a funeral?
  • What is the school’s responsibility when a death in the school community occurs?

These are only a few of the predictable questions that may arise when a death or other stressful life event occurs.

Please feel free to contact with any questions about this recent workshop.


We provide professional consultations when support is needed around a death or life-limiting illness affecting an organization or community. We can work with your organization’s staff to help you support a particular family or child, or we can work directly with the adults who are in need of support.

Our professional consultations are typically one-hour sessions in which we provide psycho-education and strategies for coping with a loss.

Consultations are very personal, and we respond to the specific needs of each situation. These sessions are designed to support individuals and families impacted by death, life-threatening illness, or any other loss. There is a fee for this service.

In-Service Trainings

On-site training sessions are customized to meet your organization’s needs. We can also host your training at our center in Arlington, if timing and space needs align.

Training is priced by the hour with a two-hour minimum, plus travel expenses.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Strategies for Supporting Grieving Children & Teens
  • Helping Your School Community Respond to Loss
  • Creating a Crisis Plan
  • Coping with Death & Other Stressful Life Events
  • “If we lost Uncle David, why don’t we go find him?” Strategies for Talking with Children about Death, Dying, and Loss (ages 3 – 11)
  • Understanding the Challenges of Loss in Adolescence (ages 12 – 18)
  • Strategies for Self-care: Exploring Our Own Losses

If you have questions or are interested in arranging a professional consultation or training, please contact or 781-641-4741.