November 8, 2019

Grief during the Holiday

November 8, 2019

Getting ready for the first Thanksgiving after my son died was so hard, everything was so raw. How would we possibly celebrate Thanksgiving without my son, who would slice the apples for the pie, who would rip the bread for the stuffing?  Who would make inappropriate j...

November 7, 2019

Grateful and Grieving.  I have to say this topic sounds like an oxymoron to me.   I have always thought of these two words to be as far apart as you can get. When you look up the definition for Gratitude it says “ the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful”...

September 1, 2019

Helping a Grandparent Who Is Grieving

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

“When a grandchild dies, grandparents grieve twice. They mourn the loss of the child and they feel the pain of their own child’s suffering. Sometimes we forget about the grandparents when a child dies. You c...

You’re sitting at your desk at work and suddenly realize you have been staring at the wall, lost in thought or memories or pain, for the last hour and you’re late for a meeting. You’re driving home and drive right through a stop sign that you dutifully stop at every da...

May 10, 2018

As a bereaved mother who has, as well, three healthy children, I am here to issue forth a dispatch from the department of brutal truth: Many bereaved moms (with or without living children) have decidedly mixed feelings about Mother’s Day.I was going to say we “hate” th...

February 22, 2018

Here we are (again), one day after another school shooting, debating gun laws, pointing fingers and blaming one side over the other. All the while, there are 17 families making plans to bury their children. I would ask you to try to imagine the horror and the pain and...

September 1, 2017

I just got back from the Bereaved Parents of the USA Gathering in Washington D.C. and I was so impressed with the amount of siblings that attended. One of the things that came up in the workshops for parents and siblings was the term "forgotten mourners".  They not onl...

May 2, 2017

Spring has finally sprung, and with it comes both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. For those who are grieving, these holidays can be especially difficult. If you are missing a child, we encourage you to take the time and space to identify what will be the most healing fo...

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