Category Archives: Children and Grief

Children and Grief: Informative articles on how to help a child cope with the grieving process.

Loss of Father: An AfterTalk Letter on the Anniversary of my Father’s Death

Dad, The summer after you died, I went through the attic.  I was not looking for your things.  Honestly, I was looking for vintage clothes from Mom’s old wardrobe.  I’m not ashamed of that, because the skeletal mounds of your things around the house were suffocating.  Shirts and pants and underwear, and Mom couldn’t get rid of them,

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Talking to Children About Death: A Personal Journey and a Chance for You to Help Others

I remember being told that the grieving process was a journey.  It would hit me at different times, in unexpected moments and in unanticipated ways.  When I was nine years old and my sister suddenly passed away, I think I processed grief similarly to many other children.  I was not able to understand the medical

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A Grief Poem for Those Lost at Sandy Hook. A Poet Remembers

[Larry Lynn:  Poet Jim Monroe shares with us his commemoration of the tragedy at Sandy Hook called “Innocent Victims”] Twenty-six persons Were murdered that day Not counting the mother And her son that had strayed A confused young man Rained bullets from hell Upon the school and it’s students They fell… woe… they fell Twenty

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The Grief Narrative: My Sob Story

Dear Larry,  Sorry it took so long to write this, but I think finally realized the true point of AfterTalk.  I can’t quite describe it, but writing this post brought me to a place I had always been afraid to go, to thoughts that I didn’t want to confess to even the abyss of my

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Children and Grief: Understanding Young Children Who Have Lost Parent

I raised two children who lost their birth father when they were four and a half years old and ten months old. They are now in their twenties and doing well in life, so I speak with some experience. This layered on my own life experiences and those of the many people I have spoken

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