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Child Life On Call: Parents of children with an illness or medical condition share their stories with a child life specialist


Feb 7, 2024

In this episode, we're honored to have Jessica Correnti, a certified child life specialist and a bereaved mother, share her profound insights on grief. Jessica's dual perspective offers a rich understanding of the multifaceted nature of grief beyond the loss of a loved one. She discusses her personal journey, the importance of recognizing and naming grief in children, and how this awareness can empower kids to navigate their emotions.

Key Highlights:

  • Jessica's background as a child life specialist and how her personal loss has shaped her professional and personal life.

  • The concept of "grief bombs" and the physical manifestations of grief.

  • How grief evolves with children as they grow, and the importance of reprocessing their emotions at different stages of development.

  • The significance of creating space for children to express and process grief through activities and conversations.

  • Jessica's contributions to the field through her books and private practice, aim to enhance grief literacy among children and adults.

Take a look at Katie’s favorite books to help kids grow, thrive and learn!

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For anyone looking to deepen their understanding of child grief support and the power of connection through shared experiences, this episode is a must-listen. Join us in exploring the complexities of grief with empathy, knowledge, and hope.

Other recommended episodes on this topic:

Episode 197 | James’ Story - 5 Years with a Remarkable Son (tw: death) 

Episode 173 | Dr. Korie Leigh – What Does Grief Feel Like?

Episode 152 | Kelly’s Story - A daughter with epilepsy (tw: death) 

And more here.

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About Katie Taylor, CCLS and Child Life On Call:

Katie Taylor is the co-founder and CEO of Child Life On Call, a digital platform revolutionizing pediatric healthcare by putting parents at the center of the medical journey. With over 13 years of experience as a certified child life specialist, Katie has made significant contributions to the field of child life and the families she’s served with over a decade of working at the bedside. She is an accomplished author, engaging child life and entrepreneurship speaker, and the Child Life On Call Podcast host. Katie's work emphasizes the vital role of child life services in supporting caregivers and enhancing children's medical journeys.

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