Grief & Loss in Childhood
Death is a part of life. Unfortunately, many modern cultures have difficulty with end-of-life, grief and bereavement, and even greater difficulty when children are involved, either as a member of a grieving family or as a child hospice patient.
Child Life Specialist, Children's Death Educator & Grief Counselor
Colleen Cherry grew up in Buffalo New York where she attended college and worked at Buffalo Children’s Hospital as a Child Life Assistant during school and Child Life Specialist after graduation. Colleen moved to California and worked in an adult daily living skills facility for adults with moderate to severe intellectual developmental delays.
“I took a long ‘break’ to raise my three daughters who each had significant health issues. Once they were off to college, I returned to school receiving my Masters in Science CL, Certification Child Life Specialist and Certification in Thanatology, death education, and counseling. I began my Child Life private practice in 2013 and have enjoyed its growth and diversity of clients.” Colleen provides psychosocial care for children 2-24 years experiencing illness/palliative care, medical procedures, sibling support, end-of-life, divorce, loss, grief, and bereavement.