Words when we have none: using books to support the grief journey of yourself and your children

Presenter: Megan Daley

As an author, teacher librarian and mother, Megan Daley often describes her life as ‘books with a side serve of grief’.

In this session Megan will share how books on grief and loss can facilitate conversations and deepen understandings around death, dying and bereavement at a personal level and within schools and society more broadly. In both print and audio form (did you know that audio books are a widow’s best friend?), Megan will share the books that have soothed, inspired and supported her and her children in their grief, particularly in articulating grief to others.

Megan’s session will change your bedside to-be-read pile, and see you re-discover, or discover for the first time, the healing power of words and stories.

About Megan

Megan Daley is passionate about children’s literature and using story to help young people understand their own lives and the lives of others. She is the author of the bestselling book 'Raising Readers' (UQP, 2019), a multiple award-winning Teacher Librarian in Brisbane, a regular literary judge, creator of the popular website Children's Books Daily and co-host of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast.

The death of her brother, aunt and husband in a short space of time saw Megan’s writing and educational focus take a detour and she now describes her website, podcast and teaching as ‘books with a side serve of grief’. Megan writes regularly for grief-based organisations, as well as on her own website about her lived experience of grief and how books can provide the words when we have none.

Her latest podcast on books and grief can be listened to here.

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