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A World Where it is Ok to Grieve

By: Kate Atwood [Today is National Children’s Grief Awareness Day. It comes on the heels of the tragic terrorist attacks around the world. And while a lot of us are grieving a sense of loss of our own freedom by these attacks, hundreds of families are experiencing the darkest days of grief as they mourn…

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Grief Facilitation Tips

Loss of a parent at any age is emotionally the same. People have varying levels of awareness and depth of relationship with the deceased depending on age – for example a six year old will have a different understanding of the finality of death and a shorter time period available to know the deceased loved…

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The Last Lecture

Randy Pausch became a household name when his ‘Last Lecture’ went viral in 2007. Randy was battling pancreatic cancer and spent his remaining time focused on his family… leaving behind lessons for his young children to learn from in years to come. Through a series of interviews he did, the world was able to share in…

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Explaining Death

For many children questions about death begin long before it hits close to home. News worthy events, such as this past Friday’s tsunami in Japan, that are discussed in the classroom and around the dinner table are opportunities not just to teach about what death is, but how to appropriately deal with the emotions that come along…

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Katie Couric + Sesame Street

In 1998, Katie Couric lost her husband Jay Monahan to colon cancer. Her young daughters also lost their father. Since his death, Couric has been a tireless advocate for colon cancer awareness. Recently Katie partnered with Sesame Street in an important project to help children better understand death. The following video is a preview of the prime…

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