Kids These Days – Jan 11

Tuesday, January 11 at 2pm and 7pm


IN-STUDIO GUESTS: The loss of a loved one – whether family member, friend or pet – can be a devastating and life-changing event for anyone, and especially for children. This week on KTD! we are joined by Jane Barber, the Program Coordinator at Hospice of Anchorage, and Shirley Valek-Wilson, MSN, an instructor of Psychiatric Nursing at the University of Alaska Anchorage who volunteers with the Hospice’s Forget Me Not program for grieving children. They speak with host Shana Sheehy about helping children to cope with death and about the resources they provide to families who are mourning.

FEATURED STORIES: A person’s faith can play a big part in coping with the death of a loved one and during times of loss many believers will seek guidance from within their church. Julia Seymour, pastor of the Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, spoke with producer Sarah Gonzales about counseling and comforting grieved children – from a faith perspective.

When Caroline Willis was 18 she lost her mother to cancer. Filled with what she calls “teenage rage” about the loss, it took years for Caroline to process her grief. Now in her 20’s, she shares an intimate essay about her personal journey from loss to finding peace.

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