Topic: Teens

Fight Like a Girl

Heading into the Susan G. Komen 5k with tonsillitis, Author Alisha Krukowski looked around for inspiration and strength. She found it in survivors running the race, those in the fight cheering on the runners, and the spirit of her own mother, who taught Alisha to fight like a girl every day of her life.

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Poetry as a Healing Power in Grief

Author Bill Cushnie talks about the healing power of poetry in the grief process, and share excerpts from some of his favorite grief and healing related poems.

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How Did GRIEF Get an Expiration Date?

Author Lynne Hughes dispels the myth that grief has a 6-12 month expiration date. She talks about how it’s important and healthy to allow yourself (and/or the grieving people in your lives) the opportunity to grieve years later.

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Grief Unrecognized: Loss of a Sibling

So often the death of a sibling is dismissed, unrecognized or even ignored. Author Jill Fitzgerald talks about how our siblings are one of the longest lasting relationships we will ever have. An important relationship and will forever be.

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Father’s Day Without Dad

As Father’s Day approaches, Author Elizabeth (Sullivan) Good reflects on the true gifts her dad gave her over the years; and how she plans to honor his memory on the holiday, and every day.

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How to Ruin a Dinner Party

Guest writer Melissa Silvetti tries her best not to bring up the story of her parents’ death with strangers… but sometimes it seems impossible.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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