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Going Back to School. 9, No, Make That TEN Tips to Help your Child Transition After a Loss

We are big, big fans of the blog and website "What's Your Grief."  Their latest blog contains 9 tips on how to support your child in going back to school if they have experienced a death in their lifeover the summer, or even further back.  All of their tips are spot on, but we would just one more.  Tip # 10:  Look for peer grief support groups in your community. With over 500 free childrens grief support centers throughout the U.S. its more than likely you'll find one nearby. This can be the most helpful thing for your child...discovering they are not alone and that what they are feeling is normal. Grief is a normal, natural response to loss. Click HERE for the full article.

Lisa Maron's Story of Before and After

Carli Maron sang the opening song, Home, with her fellow teen group participant Alana Hammond, both of Westfield, at our 4th annual Imagine a World Breakfast.

A Tale of Two Daughters and One Cemetery

Grief can be complicated, and there are several things we need to remember when we are going through it or helping someone in the throes of it.

You're Not Going Mad... You're Grieving

We are used to seeing bereavement as best coped with in stages: from denial through anger to final acceptance. But in Annette Bening’s new movie, The Face of Love (out on DVD on 2 February), grieving is seen as a much more complex process of adjustment.

Be a Friend in Deed

A single mother of two teenage boys loses her job. Then she loses her car. Then her house. Then she can’t pay her bills. When this happened to Michelle Bergeron a few years ago, it was a slow-motion spiral out of control.

Living Backwards, by Cynthia Dokas Whipple

I sit in my rocking chair staring out the window unable to grasp the passage of time. My face is marked by wrinkles; my hair is gray and  thinning, and my hands are colored with age spots. I am often breathless and hunched over. I am confused, disorientated and lost. I am kept up at night by my cries of sorrow and the deafening silence.  I stare through the pictures of  the young, unassuming girl which adorn  my room. Just weeks ago, it was her birthday and she was smiling, full of hope and ready to dance through life with her siblings and parents by her side. She was blissfully unaware. She was me, but to me, now, she is someone else. Others can still identify me as that young girl in the picture. Yet, when I look through the mirror of my soul, I am unrecognizable to myself. I am frail  because at 24 years old I have just survived one of the greatest losses, losing both parents within 6 weeks of one another.

You Can Now Choose Who Will Manage Your Facebook After You Die

Facebook is giving users control over what happens to their accounts when they die.The social network rolled out a new feature Thursday that allows users to designate a specific friend who will be able to access their account after they die.

Millennials in Mourning

After her mother died in 2013, Emily Kaiser discovered a grief she'd never known — as well as an unexpected alienation from her friends and co-workers.

They Should Teach That in School....

Learning about grief and loss is an essential life skill, but it isn’t taught in school and as a culture it is something that most of us would rather not talk about. Not teaching children how to cope with loss comes at a great cost. Addiction, violence, depression are often rooted in unexpressed and unsupported grief. Psychologist Henry Cloud says that the most important thing to teach children is how to lose. Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss has developed the #Here4u curriculum for high school students to do just that.

Here for You: A Journey Through Loss Together

Loss happens: a death, an illness, a divorce, a job loss, and injury. The grief that comes with loss is normal but painful. How will we cope when it happens to us? Will we know the right things to say and do when it happens to someone else?