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Child Bereavement

On Mother's Day, Remembering Mothers Without Living Children

Tara Shafer | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Tara Shafer

Memories of loss transposed onto a world awash in flowers and greeting cards leaves women reeling. Too often, their experience of motherhood is largely unacknowledged by society.

Remembering Ryan Cruz Saldana

Sue Shanahan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Parents
Sue Shanahan

On May 2, 2014 Jacqui and Dan Saldana lost their 3-year-old son, Ryan. Although I never met him, a piece of my heart broke off when he died. I learned about Ryan, while he still graced the planet, from my niece Molly.

An Effective 'Workout'

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Deb Carlin Polhill

In these times of health, wellness and fitness... where everyone is clocking their steps, movements, repetitions, gym hours and/or yoga positions......

Talking To Children About Pregnancy And Infant Loss

Tara Shafer | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Tara Shafer

I still think a lot about that searing winter when the dead and the living were juxtaposed, each clamoring impossibly to be understood. I remember the white-hot grief and the blunt-force trauma of my sudden loss, and also the sweet presence of my little boy, playing with blocks.

Fault in Our Stars Critic Does Disservice to Kids With Cancer

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

A pediatric oncologist seems to suggest we shouldn't be getting too upset about childhood cancer because kids and teens dying or going blind "are things that we don't typically encounter."

7 Mistakes People Make When A Friend's Child Dies

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

A therapist or psychiatrist may or may not be helpful to a bereaved parent. But a friend who can listen generously and non-judgmentally, recognizing that there is no "fix" for this tragedy, will probably be greatly valued.

How a Treadmill Helped me Cope With my Daughter's Diagnosis

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

My subconscious dictated that if I ran fast enough and far enough, maybe I would be strong enough to save her.

16 Ways to Support Children Coping With Loss

Bonnie Carroll | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Bonnie Carroll

The holidays can be a magical time of year, but for children who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives, the season can be an emotional minefield. It also poses challenges for still-grieving family members and caregivers around them.

Comfort Parents -- and Siblings -- of Newtown Victims

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 02.17.2013 | Parents
Linda K. Wertheimer

As a parent, as a bereaved sister, I feel more than I could ever express in words for the mourners of the victims in the Newtown, Conn., shootings. My son Simon is now 4 ½ years old, barely two years younger than those first-graders.