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Grief and Loss for Adolescents: Next ParenTalks

Navigating the tough topics of grief and loss will make up the discussion for the first ParenTalks of 2023.

“Sadly, we all confront grief and loss at some point in our lives,” says John Connelly, Director of Student Affairs at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS). “Journeying with students in their formative years as they work to process situations of trauma and loss is a critical piece of the home-school partnership.”

ParenTalks, now in its fourth year at SMCS, is an initiative of the Student Affairs Department and Community Engagement and Learning programme.

The upcoming webcast on February 23 welcomes Amy Herberman, Registered Psychotherapist and Early Childhood Educator, who will join ParenTalks’ staple, Dr. Mark Broussenko ’07, Family Physician and Hospitalist, and Liat Benzacar, SMCS Student Wellness Officer.

Herberman currently runs a private practice both virtually and in-person and comes with a wealth of knowledge in grief and bereavement.

SMCS ParenTalks Grief and Loss flyer

“We look forward to welcoming Registered Psychotherapist Amy Herberman and learning more about multidisciplinary approaches to improving adolescent mental health,” adds Connelly who will be moderating the discussion.

The 60-minute session will address topics including:

  • A death in the immediate or extended family
  • The loss of a young person due to accident, illness, violence, or suicide
  • Navigating family/parental separation (especially when recent)
  • Adolescents’ early experiences with relationship break-ups
  • When friends ‘move on’ and we feel left behind

A Q&A will follow the discussion where parents can ask questions live through Zoom or in advance by emailing

SMCS parents and guardians can find the link to register for ParenTalks in the Edsby river.

Related links:


SMCS Parents’ Association

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