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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

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

Writing About Grief to Cope with Life as an Adult Orphan

Until recently, I did not fully understand what it meant when I heard an adult refer to themselves as an orphan, but sadly, I do now.  It’s impossible to prepare for losing one’s parents, and I am forever changed after

12 Ways to Manage Grief During the Holidays

After losing a loved one, many people approach the holiday season with anxiety and dread. Although it is normal to have these feelings during such a difficult time, most people can reduce some of the stress by planning ahead and

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

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