Topic: Teens

Mother’s Day, Minus Mom

When your Mom’s dead, Mother’s Day is a little…different. Author Alisha Krukowski talks about how she celebrates the day, and addresses the often awkward conversations with unknowing strangers who inquire about her Mother’s Day plans.

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“Do You Have Any Siblings?…”

It’s inevitable… when meeting someone new, Guest Writer Sean Malone is eventually asked if he has any siblings… “Do I really want to get into the story of my brother’s death? Will these new people, who I’ve just met, be able to handle hearing about it? Will I be able to handle telling it for the thousandth time?”

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Hello, Grief

When you’re grieving, you learn how to maintain your composure and get through each day. But sometimes, before you even see it coming, Grief shows up and changes everything. Author Alisha Krukowski writes about one such moment three years after her mother died, when waiting to pick a coworker up from the airport.

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Video: When People Say Mean Things

Sometimes intentionally, sometimes on accident… either way, painful comments will be made after you’ve had a loss. In this video, three teens share their stories of insensitive comments and how they responded.

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Negative Beliefs We Can Change

Guest Writer and psychotherapist, Dr. Mike Dow explores the three common negative beliefs that follow the untimely death of a parent. Dr. Dow explains that we have control of changing these beliefs, leaving us happier and more peaceful in our grief and healing.

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Teens’ Talk About the Dreaded Question

Teens answer the question: Whenever I meet someone new and they ask me about my loved one, I never know what to say. Any suggestions?

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Seven Years Later

Seven years after her Dad’s unexpected death, 18 year-old guest writer Samantha Halle talks about how grief is no longer all-consuming; instead, it’s the unexpected “little things” within which grief hides.

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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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Guest writer Stephanie K. reflects back on the last 15 years of illness and loss, and can now accept that she, her feelings, and her emotions are all OK.

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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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