The challenge of talking with children about life and death | Danai Papadatou

Danai Papadatou has dedicated her life to helping children come to terms with death, whether that is a bereavement in their family or even the possibility of their own death following a life-limiting illness. Her TEDx talk provides a bittersweet guide to adults on how to navigate through these difficult conversations and life-changing realities.

Clinical Psychologist Danai Papadatou specialises in bereavement counseling and helps families and communities come to terms with death and traumatic events. Having worked in the oncological ward of a children’s hospital, she learned from her young patients of the importance of living a life with quality and substance. In 1995, she co-founded “Merimna”, a non-profit organisation that offers emotional support to families faced with bereavement and palliative care to children with life-limiting illness.