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22 02, 2017

Helping a Child Who Is Dying

By | 2018-02-28T08:44:51-08:00 February 22nd, 2017|Grief and Healing|Comments Off on Helping a Child Who Is Dying

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. A child you care about is dying. You want to offer your love and care, but you are not sure how to go about it. Whether you are a parent, friend or caregiver, this article will guide you in ways to turn your cares and concerns into actions. When a Child is Dying Children aren't supposed to die. We all believe this in our hearts, yet unfortunately children do die. Confronting this difficult reality for yourself is the first step you can take to help the dying child. You will [...]

22 02, 2017

Helping a Child Who Has a Serious Illness

By | 2018-02-28T08:44:51-08:00 February 22nd, 2017|Grief and Healing|Comments Off on Helping a Child Who Has a Serious Illness

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. A child you care about has a serious illness. You want to help, but you are not sure how to go about it. Whether you are a parent, friend or caregiver, this article will guide you in ways to turn your cares and concerns into actions. The New Face of Serious Childhood Illnesses As few as thirty years ago, children with a life-threatening illness and their families were gently told to prepare for a certain death. Fortunately, medical advances have increased chances of survival for children with many types of [...]

22 02, 2017

Helping Children Understand Cremation

By | 2018-02-28T08:44:52-08:00 February 22nd, 2017|Grief and Healing|Comments Off on Helping Children Understand Cremation

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. The Adult as Role Model and Helper A child you care about is grieving the loss of someone loved. If you, too, loved the person who died, you are now faced with the difficult but critical task of helping both yourself and the child heal. Throughout the coming months you will be both a role model and a helper to the bereaved child in your care. One of the first opportunities for you and the child to express your grief is the funeral. But sometimes the funeral can seem strange [...]

22 02, 2017

Helping Children with Funerals

By | 2018-02-28T08:44:52-08:00 February 22nd, 2017|Grief and Healing|Comments Off on Helping Children with Funerals

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. The Adult as Role Model and Helper A child you care about is grieving. If you, too, loved the person who died, you are now faced with the difficult but critical task of helping both yourself and the child heal. Throughout the coming months you will be both a role model and a helper to the bereaved child in your care. One of the first opportunities for you and the child to express your grief is the funeral. This article will help you understand the importance of the funeral not [...]

22 02, 2017

Helping Infants and Toddlers When Someone They Love Dies

By | 2018-02-28T08:44:52-08:00 February 22nd, 2017|Grief and Healing|Comments Off on Helping Infants and Toddlers When Someone They Love Dies

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. When Someone a Baby Loves Dies When someone a baby loves dies, knowing what to say or do can be difficult. How do you tell a toddler that his favorite grandpa is dead? What do you do when a baby whose mother has died cries all the time and refuses to eat? Indeed, young children constitute a very special group of mourners. This article discusses some of their unique needs and will help you care for bereaved infants and toddlers up to age three. Yes, Even Babies Grieve Many adults [...]

22 02, 2017

Helping Teenagers Cope With Grief

By | 2018-02-28T08:44:52-08:00 February 22nd, 2017|Grief and Healing|Comments Off on Helping Teenagers Cope With Grief

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Teenagers Mourn Too Each year thousands of teenagers experience the death of someone they love. When a parent, sibling, friend or relative dies, teens feel the overwhelming loss of a someone who helped shape their fragile self-identities. And these feelings about the death become a part of their lives forever. Caring adults, whether parents, teachers, counselors or friends, can help teens during this time. If adults are open, honest and loving, experiencing the loss of someone loved can be a chance for young people to learn about both the joy [...]

22 02, 2017

Helping Children Cope With Grief

By | 2018-02-28T08:44:52-08:00 February 22nd, 2017|Grief and Healing|Comments Off on Helping Children Cope With Grief

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. When Someone Loved Dies Adults grieve. So do children. As an adult or child, experiencing grief means to "feel," not just to "understand." Anyone old enough to love is old enough to grieve. Even before children are able to talk, they grieve when someone loved dies. And these feelings about the death become a part of their lives forever. Caring adults, whether parents, relatives or friends, can help children during this time. If adults are open, honest and loving, experiencing the loss of someone loved can be a chance for [...]

22 02, 2017

Helping Your Family Decide if Organ and Tissue Donation is Right for You

By | 2018-02-28T08:44:53-08:00 February 22nd, 2017|Grief and Healing|Comments Off on Helping Your Family Decide if Organ and Tissue Donation is Right for You

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. If you are in the position of deciding whether or not to donate the organs and tissues of someone you love, you may have many questions. This article answers some of the most common questions and will help you think through your decision. The Need is Great The demand for organs far outweighs the number available for transplantation and thousands die each year while waiting for a second chance at life. As the national waiting list continues to grow, the number of organ donors has remained relatively unchanged over the [...]

22 02, 2017

Helping Your Family Cope When a Pet Dies

By | 2018-02-28T08:44:53-08:00 February 22nd, 2017|Grief and Healing|Comments Off on Helping Your Family Cope When a Pet Dies

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. A pet is often a member of the family. In fact, surveys show some interesting facts about pet owners: 84% consider their animals family members; 99% talk to their pets and 54% celebrate their pet's birthday. The term "man's best friend" brings to mind the unconditional love, constant companionship and acceptance we feel for our pets. And why not? Your pet can take you for a walk, listen when you need someone to talk to or even guard your house. A pet can also lower your blood pressure, change your [...]

22 02, 2017

Helping Your Family When a Member is Seriously Ill

By | 2018-02-28T08:44:53-08:00 February 22nd, 2017|Grief and Healing|Comments Off on Helping Your Family When a Member is Seriously Ill

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. You have learned that someone in your family is seriously ill. You want to help the ill preson as well as your family. This article will guide you in ways to turn your cares and concerns into positive actions. The Shock of the News Learning that someone in your family is seriously ill is a blow to everyone the news touches. We sometimes think this only happens in other families, but now it is happening to yours. If the onset of the illness was sudden or unexpected, you and the [...]