It was so helpful when Emilio gave us a few phrases and specific semantics for talking with our preschooler. ("This person was very, very, very, very, very sick and the doctors did their very, very, very, very very best.") It helped that we had a few key phrases that we were going to use in unison as parents.
Presentation Attendee - Lake Tahoe School
It makes me feel good about talking about my brother. The volunteers are amazing because they just listen. I know I am not the only one going through this.
Shayla - Teen Participant
The Solace Tree is that safe place. Kids have the place, and parents have the support. "My dad" was also someone's husband. "My brother" was someone's son. "My grandma" was someone's mom. Solace. You'll find it here.
I'm so happy to know a place like this exists. It reveals a higher consciousness and more compassionate heart.
Everyone is kind and really listens
The parts of the talk that were especially pointed at the situation we had all just experienced was particularly helpful. For people that were on the fence about "talking about death" the philosophy seemed to have more impact when we entered the discussion as it related to the specific family who experienced a loss.
My group has encouraged me to talk about my loss
The times during the discussion when other parents shared their experiences in talking to their kids as well as points where Emilio encouraged parents to share how they may answer if a child asked a specific question was really powerful and helpful as we move forward.
Lake Tahoe School - Presentation Attendee
I never feel stupid asking questions about my daddy’s death
I miss my mommy everyday
Moving forward did not mean forgetting my past
My husband and I always knew that we would have an honest discussion with our child about the situation, but I felt Emilio's group session empowered us and gave us tools to do so without hesitation.
“It gives me a safe place to grieve. I always look forward to coming to Solace Tree.”
Sheri - Adult Participant