Get a basic overview of what the Caring Place is and how it works to serve grieving children and families in this informational brochure entitled Helping Children Cope with the Death of a Loved One.
The Caring Place has also produced a series of free educational brochures for families and professionals in the community that address some basic concepts of grief. These brochures enable parents, teachers, guidance counselors, funeral directors, pastors, social workers, hospices and educators, among others, to be better equipped when interacting with children who have experienced the death of a family member. Called "Resources for the Journey of Grief," the series has become a valuable tool in helping people to better understand grief.
At the Highmark Caring Place, one of the questions we hear most is, "What do I say to the children?" We hear it from parents about their children; school staff who are caring for a grieving child in the classroom; mental health, social service, and medical personnel; and concerned friends and family who are trying to help a family in the midst of their grief.
At the Caring Place, we recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all answer. But we do have the collective experiences of thousands of grieving children and families from which to learn. Through listening to what grieving families have told us, as well as drawing on the knowledge of our expert staff regarding child development and the issues of grief, we have developed the following brochures.
For an overview of what each brochure covers, view the Resources for the Journey of Grief flyer.
- Saying Goodbye: Preparing a Child for a Funeral or Cremation
- Questions Grieving Children Ask
- Questions Grieving Teens Ask
- The Grief of Preschoolers
- The Grieving Child in the Classroom
- Is There Anything I Can Do?
- Caring for Yourself as You Grieve
- Coping With Grief during Holidays and on Other Speical Occasions
- Telling the Children: Talking With a Child When a Family Member Is Diagnosed with a Life-Limiting Illness
- Creating Connections When a Family Member Is Diagnosed with a Life-Limiting Illness
- The Spiral of Grief, Part 1: Understanding the Grief Process
- The Spiral of Grief, Part 2: The Journey of Grief
- The Spiral of Grief, Part 3: Hope and Healing
- Supporting Children after the Overdose Death of a Family Member
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