Mary Lyles, Executive Director of the Children's Grief Education Association states, "Our mission is to provide grief education and support to bereaved children, their families and professionals in schools and community organizations through local, national, and international outreach and training.
Over 3.5 to 4 million children under the age of 18 are grieving the loss of a parent; 2 million children are grieving the loss of a parent due to incarceration.
These statistics do not count children who are grieving the loss of a sibling, grandparent, friend or other significant person.
Bereavement counseling and support are not required areas of study for most school professionals, yet they are faced with grieving children every day."
continues, "The Children's Grief Education Association
offers school, church, and community based programs, crisis intervention, and referral resources to school staff as help and support for grieving children.
Using the SyberWorks Hosted e-Learning solution
, we will now offer affordable online learning, CEU's (continuing education units) in grief support training for teachers, counselors, nurses, social workers and psychologists."
Lyles further states, "We reviewed several Learning Management Systems and found the SyberWorks Hosted e-Learning Solution to be the right mix of features and functionality at a reasonable price point.
Shane Phillips, Mary Lyles, and Don Lyles founded the Children's Grief Education Association.
Mary Lyles, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director, provides passion & resources from her personal losses & 10 years experience in nonprofit management, training & therapeutic care with bereaved children & families.
successfully developed two Denver bereavement programs, Footprints & Judi's House for grieving children & families.