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3 Ways to Support Grieving Teens Who Use Social Media

Note: While this article is published in support of Children’s Grief Awareness Day on November 15 (https://www.facebook.com/ChildrensGriefAwarenessDay/), we hope parents of grieving teens find it useful throughout the year.   Social media has become a large part of many adolescents’

Living With Grief: Learning How to Survive After Loss

Life was good.   My wife, MaryAnn, and I had a great family with two awesome children. We also had many friends, held good jobs, and looked ahead to planning for our future.   But tragedy hit our family hard

Why I Volunteer at Camp Stepping Stones for Grieving Children

As a special needs preschool teacher’s assistant at the Riverside School in Danvers, MA, I work each day with a myriad of children, all with different abilities and personalities. All of them make me smile. I am drawn to helping

Sifting Through a Lifetime of Mother’s Days

Note: This article originally appeared in Jewish Journal.   As Mother’s Day approaches, I’m flooded with memories of those gone by. Some are happy, some are sad, but each one is a part of me, of the person I am

Lesson Learned: Give Grieving Children Their Voice

Over the many years of my work with young families, I have learned so much about the way they navigate tragedies. I remember one family with two children in grade school that was suddenly and unexpectedly motherless. They stand out

4 Ways to Help Grieving Children Face the New Year

For many, the new year is recognized as a time of exciting change and renewal, but for those who are grieving, it’s not always sparkles and glitter. If you are supporting a child who is grieving, it is important to

10 Tips for Coping With Loss During the Holidays

For years after my partner Robert died, my emotions seemed to take on a life of their own. Starting at the run-up to the anniversary of his death (August), and crescendoing during the holidays, memories of our life together were

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

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

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