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Children and Grief

When Parenting Breaks Your Heart

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

I wanted to be a mom for a long time before I became one. But I didn't know how tired I'd be. Or how angry I'd get. I had no idea that the stakes would feel so high and the losses would loom so big. Parenting is scary and painful -- it breaks your heart.

Grace in a Goldfish Bowl

Carissa K | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

To my child's tender heart, the loss of a pet goldfish is a big deal. And even though I'm an adult and can see this morning's tragedy as funny and ironic, most powerful of all, I'm a parent. And once you've grown, sustained and nurtured your child's heart both inside and out of you, you'll always feel it as it swells with joy or breaks with grief.

A New Military Widow's Words For Her Sons

Sarah Smiley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

Landon was supposed to be home a month ago, but his deployment was extended due to the situation in Syria. In other words, Theresa's husband should have been home on Monday with his new son. Instead, he is dead.

Helping Children Navigate the Holidays After Tragedy

Laura Munts | Posted 02.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Munts

Traditions are the thread that unite and comfort us, transcending time and generations. While they help us maintain a connection to those who have died or the past that we've lost, they focus on the living and the love that carries us forward.

Helping Children Spiritually Cope With Dying And Death

Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.

Children as young as 2 or 3 years old are trying to make sense of their world, and inevitably they are encountering their spirituality. Illness, grief and loss are often part of this process.