Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief

Safe Crossings Foundation proudly presented the fourth annual Northwest Conference on Childhood Grief on Friday, March 2nd. It was a day of deep learning, sharing best practices, and networking with colleagues. The conference was oriented for professionals who work with children, teens and their families experiencing grief after the death of a loved one. This one-day symposium explored the topic of Connecting Children to Support: Addressing Barriers to Services.

If you are looking for speaker materials from the conference, please click here.

Friday, March 2nd, 2018
7:30am Registration // 8:00am – 4:00pm Program

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) Conference Center
800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA 98057

$125 ($100 for students) registration fee included CEUs, continental breakfast and lunch. We were able to offer a limited number of needs-based scholarships.

Please click HERE to view the full program for the symposium.


SCF welcomed Kevin Carter, MSW, LCSW, and Tyran Hill, MSSA, as our keynotes this year!

Kevin and Tyran opened the day with an interactive presentation on the impact of childhood loss and grief experiences from the lens of their own psychosocial development as African American men growing up in the South and as intergenerational social work colleagues. They have worked with community leaders and schools across the country to learn and share how to overcome barriers to support all children who are grieving.

Together, they explored how the examination of loss at the intersection of race, gender, sexual orientation and age can provide pathways for dialogue, understanding and development. They shared strategies for education and intervention that inspire hope and courage to make change.

Their presentation helped create a framework for a 21st century approach to reaching across divides to making healing connections in community grief, loss and trauma.


Our community grief support partners staffed vendor tables to offer information about each specific service. Representatives from the organizations listed below were available during breaks to chat and provide materials.

Art With Heart    |    Cancer Lifeline   |    Cancer Pathways
Cedar Tree Counseling Services   |    Forefront
Harborview   |    The Healing Center
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital    |    Moyer Foundation
Providence King County   |    Seattle Children’s Hospital
Virginia Mason











Nancy & Rod Hochman



For information regarding corporate sponsorship of the conference, please click here.

If you are interested in visiting the conference archive, please click here.