Topic: Parent Loss

Having Good Conversations With Your Kids

Communication is key to helping our children understand their grief, and begin addressing it in healthy ways. Hello Grief offers some tips to having open, successful communication with your kids about grief and loss at any age.

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Defining Moments at Comfort Zone Camp

When Samantha Worman’s dad died, a family friend suggested she go to Comfort Zone Camp, a special camp for kids and teens who had lost a parent or sibling. Samantha loved camp so much, and felt so impacted by the connections she made, that she returned later to mentor another child who had who had experienced a loss in her life.

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Promises to Keep

When your parent is dying, you may find yourself in the odd position of being both child and caregiver. Guest author Cheryl Rice tells us how her mother still cared for the whole family in the end, even as they were caring for her.

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It’s Okay to Cry

So many of us try to hide from our pain and put on a brave face after a loss. Guest author Catherine Greenleaf, who has lost three people to suicide, tells us why it is so vital to allow ourselves to really cry and grieve in order to heal.

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I Bought The Books

Desperate to find healing after her father’s death, Comfort Zone Camper Samantha Worman realized that she spent more time reading books on loss than she spent actually grieving. In time, she found that her grief was her own, and that she could experience it any way and any time that she needed to.

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Losing Someone to Suicide

It is hard enough to lose a loved one as a child or a teen but to add the extra stigma of suicide almost seems unbearable. Guest author Kim Kates shares how Samaritans and Comfort Zone Camp offered hope and healing to a very special group of kids and teens, and how you can offer your support as well.

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Finding Gratitude and Happiness

When we focus on the happiness we have in our lives, it can make the sadness seem small in comparison. As guest author Karissa O’Reilly’s father was dying at the age of 33, he told his young children that he had lived a full and wonderful life, no matter how short it may have seemed. His words became the inspiration for O’Reilly to live her own life fully.

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A New Year and the Challenge of Grief

As we close out the first month of this new year, we may have trouble seeing the promise it brings, since our loved one is no longer here with us. Guest Author Tricia Sample shares her unique perspective on ways we can carry our loved ones with us in the new year, and look forward to many happy years ahead.

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A Grief Journal for the Non-Writer

Have you ever wanted to start journaling, but felt you wouldn’t be any good at it? Or maybe you’ve felt that writing just isn’t your thing? Guest author Maureen Hunter shares some easy ways to get started, even if you’ve never tried to journal before.

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Navigating Grief During the Holidays

Under normal circumstances, preparing for any holiday can be stressful as well as tiring. After a loss, our grief may be so painful that we question whether to celebrate the holidays at all. Guest author Dave Roberts offers some helpful suggestions for making the holidays a peaceful time again for you and your family.

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