Topic: Parent Loss

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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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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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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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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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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The Beauty of Falling Apart

Reflecting back on her mother’s memorial service, Alisha Krukowski talks about how often we try to “keep it together” for other people, or for ourselves, when all we really need to do is let go, and feel, and hurt, and crumble.

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ok

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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