Topic: Childhood Bereavement

Significant Emotional Experiences

Trauma, such as grief, is a horrific emotional experience—a negative multisensory overload that can affect us physically, mentally, and psychologically. But, Author Pete Shrock talks about how the affect of a negative Significant Emotional Experiences in the past, can be balanced out by a continued flow of positive and present experiences.

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Celebrate You More, Mourn You Less

Her father’s birthday always struck Author Elizabeth Sullivan as ironic – it was a day marking an age that he did not have a chance to reach. A day that was yet another reminder of an untimely death. But her perspective changed when Elizabeth decided to celebrate her Dad’s birthday by doing all the things he loved.

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Sitting with Grief

Through the stories of Ashley, a teen whose friend committed suicide, and Ben, a teen whose father died of ALS, guest writer Kurt Stiefvater explores the common feelings of guilt and helplessness that come with loss.

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Grief Myths and Realities

There are three common myths as it relates to grieving children. Author Bill Cushnie discusses these myths, as well as the three realities we must accept to help our children heal.

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The Importance of Discussing Loss with Your Children Over Time

At the time of the death, our children may be quite young. Author Lynne Hughes discusses the importance of continuing to revisit and reprocess how the death occurred with our children, as their age provides a new level of understanding.

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Rebuilding a Routine

Schedule and routine provide safety, security, and structure. Following the death of a family member, all of these things are shattered. Author Pete Shrock provides practical tips on how to rebuild a routine and provide a measure of security for your children after the trauma of losing a family member.

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Starting conversations about death and grief

Intuitively, we know being able to talk about our loss is healing, but often, it is not easy to talk about it ourselves, or to get our children to talk about it. Author Bill Cushnie provides family-oriented recommendations to enage your children in conversation about your loss.

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Concepts Children Must Understand to Understand Death

There are three basic concepts a child must grasp to understand death: 1) Death is permanent, 2) All life functions end completely at the time of death, 3) Everything that is alive eventually dies.

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Physical and Emotional Responses to Grief

To support ourselves, and our grieving loved ones, it is helpful to understand the physical, mental and emotional toll of grief. This article identifies common responses to loss, and provides suggestions to help the persons in your life who may be struggling with grief.

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Children Grieve Differently — Common reactions from age groups

A 2 year old grieves differently than an 18 year old. In this article, we discuss 1) how children grieve differently than adults, and 2) common reactions to grief based on age.

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