Loss of a Family Member

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  • When One Loss Follows Another

    Posted on May 27, 2024 - by Anne Peterson

    I’m 12 years old and our family is living in a 3rd floor apartment. The phone rings on this summer day. Mom answers. I watch the color leave her face. […]

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  • Don’t Shield Your Children from Grief

    Posted on November 19, 2023 - by Beth Marshall

    In our predominantly fun childhood, the one thing kids were never allowed to do was to participate in the funeral-related activities when someone passed away. Grief and sadness were simply […]

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  • Guiding a Child Through Parent-Loss: A Mother’s Story

    Posted on June 5, 2023 - by Dr. Carol Leibovich Mankes

    Guiding a Child Through Parent-Loss Losing a parent is a profound and challenging experience, especially for children. The loss of her beloved father forever changed my daughter’s world when she […]

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  • Helping Children After Mass Tragedies

    Posted on June 20, 2022 - by Bob Baugher

    Children Shocked by Mass Tragedies In 1963, it was the assassination of a president. In 1986, it was the explosion of the Space Shuttle witnessed by millions of children on […]

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  • Grieving Children, Teens Have All the Feelings

    Posted on June 13, 2022 - by Greg Adams

    Grieving People Have All the Feelings Sometimes a death impacts a school or community organization, like a church or Boy Scout troop. A child or teacher dies, and I am […]

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  • All of Us Grieve After Mass Shootings

    Posted on June 13, 2022 - by Samantha Ruth

    Every single day, I’m seeing news of another mass shooting. It’s not okay. And more than expressing our concern about gun laws, we need to have the conversations about grief. All […]

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  • Telling the Children that Mom is Going to Die

    Posted on April 29, 2022 - by Stedman Stevens

    Telling the Children My wife was dying, and telling the children was the next step. My wife and I struck out on our journey to prepare, protect, and parent our […]

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  • Embracing the Highs and Lows

    Posted on September 9, 2020 - by Bunny Bennett

    In facilitating small groups with sometimes noncommunicative teens, my wise colleague suggested beginning the session by asking each participant to share a high and a low.  A high could include […]

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