HomeAbout LisaLisa's CalendarBlog PagePresentation TopicsFees and PaymentStudent TestimonialsTestimonialsSchools Impacted by DeathAdolescent Dating ViolenceAdoption IssuesAges and StagesSeniorsBooks for AdultsBooks for ChildrenBullyingChildren at Funerals?Children Coping with a DeathChildren of AddictionCollege, Grief and SuicideCommon Signs of GriefComplicated GriefCOVID-19 ResourcesCrisis HotlinesCultures and GriefCyberbullyingDeath: Car CrashesDeath of a childDeath of a Teen FriendDeploymentDepression SymptomsDepression in Children/TeensDivorceDomestic ViolenceEating DisordersExplaining Death to ChildrenFacts/StatisticsFears and Worries in KidsA Friend is DyingGrief TermsGrief Videos with MilesGamblingGuilt and RegretsHelpful ProductsHIV InformationHIV MedicinesHIV/AIDS support groupsHIV Testing in NJImmigration and LossIncarcerationJob Loss and GriefListeningLGBTQIA ResourcesLooking for SupportLossMen and GriefMental Health SupportMiscarriage or Stillbirth LossMurder or HomicideNational Support GroupsPhysicians and EmpathyParent Has CancerParent ProgramsPet Loss: Helping Children CopePhoto GalleryPTSDQuotes on GriefSchool FightsSchool ProgramScream Box: How to MakeSelf Injurious BehaviorSexual Abuse/Sexual AssaultSibling LossSpecial Needs & Children 1Special Needs & Children 2What Parents and Caregivers Can Do to Support ChildrenSpeaking to Very Ill PeopleStudents Share ConcernsAfter a Suicide AttemptSuicide PreventionAfter a parent's suicide: returning to schoolHealing After a Suicide (School)Suicide Survivors SupportSupporting a GrieverSpiritual AssessmentTalking to Grieving ChildrenThe Mayonnaise JarTraumatic and Sudden LossTLC of NJTeen GriefTeens Grieving in SchoolTeen ResourcesTeen Recommended BooksTraumatized ChildrenVirtual BookViolent DeathWhat to Say to a GrieverWhat Not to Say to a GrieverWhat is Mourning?What is Grief?When a Child is Dying (guidelines)When a Parent Dies

Lisa speaks to parent/guardian groups all over NJ at schools, hospitals and in communities. She teaches strategies and skills to adults in the lives of children and teens so that they can best support and guide their children through challenging and difficult transitions and losses in their lives.  Lisa has spoken to elementary parents about the transition to middle school which is a huge change on many levels for children. She speaks on the transition from middle to high school as well as on the transition to college. So many students develop unhealthy habits or coping strategies during these crucial transitions. Adults benefit from learning helpful tools and strategies as well as how children and teens deal with grief and loss. 
Supporting Our Children through Loss, Grief & Transitions
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
7:00 PM
James Caldwell High School Library Media Center
265 Westville Avenue, West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Cost: Free – registration is required: 973-228-6981
Lisa Athan, the Executive Director & founder of Grief Speaks, specializes in speaking with adults and young people about grief and loss. Ms. Athan speaks (in a compassionate, engaging manner) about the importance of normalizing grief and loss in our grief-avoidant, ―get-over-it‖ culture. She teaches healthy ways to identify, handle and express natural feelings and thoughts that follow loss of any kind. Children and teenagers have some specific differences (from adults) and needs related to grieving that will be discussed.

 Raising Resilient Children Through Grief, Losses and Other Transitions
  • A program is being presented in the Chathams which will give parents the skills to help their children and teens be resilient in difficult times.

    Parents will gain tools to encourage positive communications under stress, and will learn how best to help children cope with the myriad of transitions and losses they face as they grow. Transitions for children include changing schools, going to camp, changing teachers, or moving.  Some losses children/teens may face, in addition to loss through death, include loss of friends, relationships, or pets;  loss through divorce; or loss of possessions.  

    Lisa Athan, Executive Director of Grief Speaks, will be the presenter for the two identical presentations on April 27.  The morning presentation will be at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, 240 Southern Boulevard, 9:30-11:00 a.m.  The evening presentation will be in the Chatham High School auditorium, 7:30-9:00 p.m.   Parents of children of all ages can benefit from this informative program.  Learn more at Lisa's website, griefspeaks.com.

    Anyone with questions should contact Sandy Smith, Student Assistance Coordinator for the School District of the Chathams, 973-457-2536, or ssmith@chatham-nj.org.


The Family Success Center at Homefirst invites you to participate in a

six week workshop on


 Grief and Loss


facilitated by



Founder and Executive Director of Grief Speaks



“May it make your sorrow easier for you to bear
Knowing there are others who understand and care.”

~ Unknown Author ~


The workshop will begin on

Thursday, April 8, 2010

and continue for six Thursdays until May 13, 2010

10:00 am – 11:30 am Group

Homefirst and The Family Success Center

905 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield


If you wish to attend, please call

AgnessMcLean, Director, Family Success Center

~Enrollment limited~

908.743.4001 x 26



Here is a program that I just did at  Parsippany as well as for Berkeley Heights School district last spring.  They were both a big hit and had a great response from parents and guardians in both districts.

Would love to speak with you about other program that I do for students, either in classroom or assembly as well as staff development on this very important topic of handling change, transition and loss in the lives of students.

Here is a program that Lisa did on October 6, 2009

Parsippany Troy-Hills School District Presents: 


Supporting Our Children Through 

Loss, Grief and Transitions 


Did you know that: 

* Children grieve through their behavior and many children act out their grief 

at school or at home 

* Children grieve at anniversaries, special days and at significant 

developmental stages 

* Children tend to blame themselves for things that happen and need 

reassurance that they are not to blame 

* Children are often "protected" from loss and this actually can erode their self 

esteem and trust in us 


You will learn: 

* Children need the truth, at their own level of development, delivered by a 

caring adult in a safe place 

* Children need tools & healthy opportunities to express their grief in different 

ways at home and at school 

* Children need permission from adults around them to mourn their losses, no 

matter how small 

* Children need us to be role models for them in dealing with grief, loss and 

healthy coping   

Families may need to seek some additional help on talking to children 

about a parent's disease, job loss, a hospital visit, a death and a funeral. 


WhoLisa Athan, MA is the Executive Director of Grief Speaks. She is a 

grief educator and speaks at schools, PTA's, hospitals, agencies and at 

conferences on the topic of grief and loss in the lives of children, teens 

and adults. Lisa has a web site that is packed with information on 

children, teens and grief at www.griefspeaks.com 


Where:  Parsippany High School Media Center- 309 Baldwin Road  


When:  October 6, 2009 from 7:00- 9:00pm 


What:   Free Parenting Presentation by the Municipal Alliance & the 

Parsippany Elementary Counselors.  Lisa Athan will speak to the parents 

of our elementary and middle school students.  Please feel free to invite 

other adult family members and friends! 


School Staff members will receive Professional Development Hours for attending. 


Lisa presented in Livingston
         for parents and guardians. 
"Caring for your Grieving
         Child"  On Tuesday, June 17, 2008 Lisa Athan from Grief Speaks, an organization dedicated to educating
         children, teens and adults about  grief and loss, will speak with members of our community.  Topics to be discussed will include:
           *   Grief - What is it and what does it look like?  *   Loss - Discussion on all types of loss (including divorce and separation).
          *   Mourning -Tools and strategies that can help (including ideas and suggestions if your child is going to summer camp).
         This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center at Collins Elementary School.  In order to assure we have adequate
         space, please RSVP by June 16, 2008 using the link below: 

(973) 985-4503