Monthly Archives: May 2010

Delayed Grief

Sometimes after a significant loss, we are so busy taking care of others or surviving day-to-day, that we don’t allow ourselves to grieve. Author Bill Cushnie talks about when grief finally catches up to us in what some call “delayed grief.”

Childhood Loss: The Untold Burden

One in seven children will lose a parent or sibling before age 20 according to new national research conducted by Comfort Zone Camp. Founder and author, Lynne Hughes discusses the lifelong impact of childhood bereavement.

A Piece of You

While growing up, guest writer Melissa Silvetti always hated the nose she inherited from her dad. In her teenage years she begged her parents for a nose job… now, years later, she cherishes how she sees a piece of her father every day when she looks in the mirror.

Graduation Without You

In one month, guest writer Samantha Halle will graduate from high school. As the days inch closer and closer to graduation, a fact that she’s known for seven years has become increasingly more real: her dad won’t be there.

Hamster Love

To make the move from New Jersey to Seattle easier, guest writer Abigail Carter bribed her children with the promise of two hamsters. While attempting to escape the ghost of her husband, and help herself and her children move forward in their grief journeys, the love of a hamster was able to open up old wounds on the lifelong path of healing.

Lessons From a Lifetime of Loss

Author Bill Cushnie reflects back on the losses he has experienced in his lifetime, and specifically his most recent loss of his mother. They are all difficult, but different at the same time.

Grief is…

There is no single definition of grief. It feels different to each person who experiences it. It changes from day to day, month to month, and year to year. Author Lynne Hughes shares definitions of grief given by teenagers for her book You Are Not Alone.

Music and Grief

The teens author Bill Cushnie has worked with at Comfort Zone Camp have taught him the power of music and song in navigating the grief journey. He shares a playlist of songs he and his campers made to use as a part of remembering and healing.

You Can’t Control the Waves, But You Can Learn How to Surf

The waves of grief following a loss are like the waves crashing in at the shoreline. Author Jill Fitzgerald talks about how to make the choice to ‘learn how to surf’ the waves of grief as a means of empowerment.

Mother’s or Father’s Day in the Classroom with a Bereaved Child

When a mother or father dies, teachers and other school professionals may feel conflicted about having classroom activities focusing on the holiday. Hello Grief recommends that Mother’s Day school activities focus more on the role of mothers than on the actual person.