Reflecting on a Day of Compassion

The Tennessee Conference on Children’s Grief

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who joined us for the Tennessee Conference on Children’s Grief at The Honey Alexander Center. It was a day filled with compassion, learning, and shared dedication to supporting grieving children and teens. Thank you to our esteemed presenters, Kate Atwood, Mara Giovanni, Patti van Eyes, and Annemarie Sears, for their invaluable contributions. A special acknowledgment to Mayor Freddie O’Connell for joining us and speaking about the critical importance of mental health and grief support. Your support amplifies our mission and furthers the cause to nurture the well-being of our community’s youth.

Our conference aimed to provide clinicians and community members a platform to enhance their skills and stay updated on the latest research and clinical developments in working with grieving youth. With a focus on diverse perspectives and therapeutic modalities, our guest presenters left an indelible mark, sure to strengthen the clinical practice of all attendees.

“My head is still spinning with all the wonderful information that was shared. I was so impressed with your presenters. They were so knowledgeable and inspirational! Your staff did a beautiful job. It was very well run and just a cohesive, beautiful day. It was wonderful to see you and some other familiar faces! I hope you can take a deep breath and enjoy your weekend. I know that was a lot of work, and it was a job well done! Hope to see you again soon.” – Lauren Thurman (therapist)
“Thank you all for hosting such a wonderful training event last week. Our team has already begun integrating the learning opportunities and interventions shared.” – Rachel Norman; Clinical Supervisor, Family and Children’s Services

As we reflect on this impactful day, we want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who played a part in making the Tennessee Conference on Children’s Grief a resounding success. Your commitment to the well-being of grieving children and teens is genuinely commendable. We look forward to future opportunities to come together, learn, and continue our collective journey toward compassionate support for those who need it most.