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Learning to Cope With My Mom’s Death

Editor’s note: Brian Morissette was 12 years old when his beloved mother, Theresa, died from cancer in 2015. Last year, Brian wrote about the experience of losing his mom for an English assignment. Brian has been receiving counseling services from

4 Ways to Support Children During Disturbing Times

Lately, tragedy seems to be everywhere. Whether a natural disaster such as hurricanes Harvey and Maria, or a mass murder by shooting in Las Vegas, the news headlines have been scary, tragic, and unpredictable in recent weeks and months.  

How to Help a Grieving Child Return to School

As summer draws to a close, the transition from a relaxed schedule to a more structured school routine can elicit a variety of emotions and anxieties for children and caregivers, especially those who have experienced the death of someone close.

The Heart of the Village: Supporting Each Other in Grief

It takes a village to raise a child.  This old African proverb is at the heart of Camp Stepping Stones, a one-day retreat offered by Care Dimensions for children and adults who are grieving the death of someone close to

Books to Help Children Deal With Death, Grief, and Loss

Death is not an easy topic to talk about. It can make us feel scared and uneasy. Talking about it with children can be even more difficult. Using books can be a helpful way for parents, teachers, or other caregivers

‘A Monster Calls’ – Exploring Child Grief

Our child life specialists are constantly looking for quality resources to share with families and professionals who are faced with supporting children through a parent’s life-limiting illness. Recently, Care Dimensions child life specialists saw the new Hollywood movie that portrays

5 Ways to Help Grieving Teens

The teen years can be difficult for anyone.  Academic pressure, peer pressure, uncertainty about the future, self-identity and expression issues, and sexuality concerns are all part of teen’s everyday life.   When a teen experiences the death of someone close

Son, Mom Pay it Forward at Grief Camp

Editor’s Note: Each summer Care Dimensions organizes Camp Stepping Stones, a family retreat for children and adults who have experienced the death of someone close to them. The one-day camp offers children traditional camp experiences with hands-on activities to help

Old Enough to Grieve: Supporting Children After Loss

“Anyone old enough to love is old enough to grieve.” – Dr. Alan Wolfelt, renowned grief educator   Death is often considered a “taboo” topic in our society today. People don’t like to talk about it. Especially with children. Adults

Helping Grieving Children

by Kristen Goodhue, Children’s Program Coordinator at Care Dimensions   Most children experience loss at some point in their childhood – a grandparent dies, a parent becomes seriously ill or a best friend moves away. Experts say that intense grief

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