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How to Talk to your Children About the Newtown Tragedy By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Once again we are faced with the traumatic, violent deaths of a group of innocent people, this time precious children in Newtown, Connecticut. I have been asked to provide some guidelines on how to communicate with children and teens about this tragedy. If you know of others who might benefit from[...]

How One Caisson Horse Helps Grieving Children

Back in May 2010 a children's book known as Klinger: A Story of Honor and Hope appeared on bookshelves. It was the endearing story of young horse dreaming of fame as a racehorse but soon finds himself enlisted to perform funeral honors for fallen heroes while bringing comfort to their families.The story not only received numerous accolades from within the publishing community, which[...]

A Companion for the Journey through to Death

For a myriad of cultures midwives have served as healers for their communities. They were revered for their wisdom and healing power; they tended the sick, the dying and the birthing mothers within their community during a time when the standardized medical profession was at its beginnings of being favoured. Now, with an increase in the midwifery profession, a new movement has been[...]

Four Burkes and A Funeral - By Christine Burke

It is often said that to really experience life, you should see it through the eyes of a child. Never is that more true than when there is a death in the family.On October 4, 2012, my father passed away expectedly unexpectedly, if that makes sense. He had been battling esophageal cancer for 9[...]

The Stages of Grief

Most people know the five stages of grief, otherwise known as the "Kubler-Ross Model". The five stages include: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. Traditionally applied to people going through a terminal illness, this is often applied to dealing with the loss of a loved one. However, this model has come under criticism due to lack of scientific backing.With the[...]
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