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Skill Areas:

Participants will learn:

  • Grief is experienced when people have a significant loss
  • Children's grief
  • The importance of embracing grief rather than avoiding it

Love Without Boundaries:  Death Education for Teachers (Children's Grief)

Training Options

Graduate Credit & Continuing Education

Graduate credit toward EBD licensure and continuing education clock hours are available.

Custom Workshops

The workshop can be customized based on experience level, particular needs and available workshop time. For more information on developing a custom workshop, please contact us.

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Dr. Markell is a professor of special education at St. Cloud State University. He frequently presents workshops on grief and loss for schools, churches, community organizations, and at local, state, national, and international conferences; and he conducts grief support groups and provides individual grief counseling. He is also a certified thanatologist through the Association of Death Educators and Counseling and is certified in death and grief education from the Center for Loss and Life Transition.

Losing a Friend is Never Easy:  

Helping Children Grieve After a Pet Loss


Losing a Friend is Never Easy:

Helping Children Grieve After a Pet Loss

Nov. 211 - 2:30 pm

BICA - Little Canada




Love Without Boundaries:

Death Education for Teachers (Children's Grief)

March 25
6 -8 pm

call 651-484-5510

to request

Pets are often considered a member of the family. They bring companionship, comfort of unconditional love. However, when a pet dies, the remaining family members are often disenfranchised in the grief.  Disenfranchised grief is a term coined by Ken Doka, and is defined as, “Grief that persons experience when they incur a loss that is not or cannot be openly acknowledged, socially sanctioned or publicly mourned”. (Doka, 1989). Disenfranchised grief may be especially true for children when they are at school. When a child talks about their grief after a pet’s death, instead of messages of support, they may hear comments like, “it was just a dog”, “you can always get another cat”, or “it’s not like it was a person” for their classmates and school personnel. This workshop will address issues of pet loss and how teacher, parents, and other caring adults can show support to children who are grieving.

This presentation will cover issues that teachers need to know about grief and loss when they work with children. Information presented will include the broad framework of loss, children and grief, and healthy grieving.


Marc Markell, Ph.D. - professor, Department of Special Education, St. Cloud State University

​Target Audience

Scheduled Workshops:

Interest Area
  • Education
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Mental Health
  • Families
Expertise Level
  • General
  • Professional

Age Level

  • Adult

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