Education

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

A stunning and relevant statistic for you: Of the approximately 2,150,000* people living in King County, 490,200 are 19 years or younger. A study funded by New York Life estimates that 1 of every 7 young people will lose a parent or sibling before the age of 20. This means more than 70,000 young people in King… Read more »

Five Ways to Ease the Moving Process for Your Children

In this day and age, there are many things that cause families to move across town, across the country, or even across the globe. The death of a parent is one particularly difficult reason for relocation and is common after the loss of the primary breadwinner. The child’s already immense grief is compounded by the… Read more »

Types of Loss Series, Introduction

Loss, and by association grief, come in a variety of forms. Many think that loss only refers to death of a loved one or a close friend. But the feeling of loss can occur from any number of circumstances.  Moving to a new city or country, breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, developing a… Read more »

“This American Life” on Grief Services

This is a fantastic article discussing the difficulty of talking to kids about death. The story focuses on The Sharing Place, a grief support center for kids in Salt Lake City. But places like the Sharing Place are all over the country, such as the Healing Center here in Seattle. Organizations like the Sharing Place offer a safe… Read more »

Camp Erin: A Place for Kids to Just Be Kids

The simple experience of being with other kids who have lost a loved one can be a life changing experience for grieving children. They realize that they are not alone in their grief and through forming friendships and sharing their experiences with each other, they often learn to open up in completely new ways. Camp… Read more »

Depression and Complicated Grief are Two Separate Things

What we often hear about people we know who have lost a loved one, is that through their grief they have fallen into a deep onset of depression. But what specialists are saying now, is that Complicated Grief is its own disorder, separate from depression and therefore needs its own treatment. One of the primary… Read more »

Grieving Students: What’s Your Role as a Teacher?

As a teacher you are a very important person in children’s lives, so when you encounter a grieving student you may wonder exactly what your role should be. While there is no fool-proof method for helping a child through this difficult time, there are some things you can do to make their time at school… Read more »

Childhood Grief is Complicated

Every person certainly grieves differently, as does every child. So often, it becomes all too easy as a parent or adult close to a child to unintentionally overlook the child’s struggles with life as well as death. Children are the greatest observers and the greatest absorbers. They notice many of the little things that adults often… Read more »

What to Say to Someone Who Has Lost a Loved One

It’s often hard to know what to say or do when someone you care about is grieving. You may be afraid of intruding, saying the wrong thing, or making the person feel even worse. Or maybe you feel there’s little you can do to make things better. While you can’t take away the pain of… Read more »