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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

Celebrating Hospice Social Workers

Hospice social workers stand up for people with advanced illness and their families in many ways. They are a supportive presence to the patient and family throughout the end-of-life journey.   In honor of National Social Work Month, Laci Gentry, LICSW,

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

My Life in the Balance

During the two tough years of my husband’s illness, I lost my balance. Every consideration in my life was laser-focused on his well-being. I never doubted the vital importance of my full-time role as a caregiver; in fact, I considered

‘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

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