Articles

about healing from grief and loss

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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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.

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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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What Are The Magical Words?

In the weeks following the death of her father, guest writer Samantha Halle heard several phrases repeated over and over again. She gives a window into her thought process at the time, in hopes that it helps you understand how the grieving people in your life may be feeling as you try to figure out how to best support them.

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Regaining Confidence in Life

Losing someone you love can seriously shake your confidence in life. Author Bill Cushnie discusses coping strategies to help regain confidence in life after the loss.

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Before and After: How One Teen Is Coping After the Loss of Her Dad

On April 14, 2010 at 8 p.m. EST/PT, Sesame Street will air a primetime one hour special, “When Families Grieve,” featuring Katie Couric and the Sesame Street Muppets.

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