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How to Write a Condolence Note for a Child or Teen

Losing a loved one, or even a not so loved one, is often the hardest thing a person will have to go through in their lives. No matter who you are, “getting over it” (more on that later) doesn’t come easy, and perhaps never comes at all. I know it wasn’t easy for me. As hard as this challenge is for adults, it is even harder for children.

Mixing Bowl, Recipe for Healing

Mixing Bowl RFH (Recipe for Healing) is an experiment in kitchen therapy. The self-help program is still in its infancy so procedures will likely evolve as they grow. What will never change is their primary goal to help themselves and others through the grieving process by means of shared cooking and social interaction.

Mother’s Day Reflection

Mother's Day has always been, and continues to be, a difficult day for me. Though I believe I had it easier than many children that lost a mother because my Grandmother stepped in to raise me after my Mom died. My Grandma became my Mom… but it was not the same.

I Wouldn't Have Missed You For the World: A Mother's Day Tribute

Many people define their lives by worldwide events. Pearl Harbor Day, JFK's assassination, Man Walking On the Moon, Nixon's Resignation, The Attack on the World Trade Center. For 4 people, the defining moment of their lives was June 9th, 1971. Almost 46 years ago, those 4 people lost the center of their universe, and their lives were forever defined as "before" and "after".

A Mother’s Day for All

I was too little when my mom died (age 6) to have any idea what I needed emotionally. I took my cues from the grown-ups around me, such as, not to talk or ask about mom too much, not to talk about how our family had changed or what it was like having her in and out of the hospital for 9 months, etc. etc.

Telling Your Story

Prudential Financial with its brilliant Masterpiece of Love and Sheryl Sandberg’s Option B have both provided a way for all of us to tell our stories of loss.

When you cannot bear to be a witness…

As I popped onto facebook briefly on Tuesday, I learned about the chemical attack that took place in Syria. This was the first I had heard of an attack. Scrolling through my feed, there it was. I was confronted with the absolute carnage of it all – videos of people writhing in pain, people gasping for air, dying, many of them children. It was only a few seconds before I started crying, and shortly after that, short of breath. My asthma had been triggered so I put my phone down.

It Just Makes Cents. Grief Support and Education in the Workplace

Create a Good Mourning Workplace with Imagine. "I see a direct link not only with our health and wellness initiatives, but also our diversity and inclusion commitment by offering grief support in the workplace. Fostering an environment where each employee feels they can bring their full, authentic self to work is so important. And having colleagues who are allies for inclusion, who are comfortable just listening or talking about this often taboo topic, is a win. Imagine offers the resources and training to deliver on this support and I am grateful to be able to offer their services to to my employees.” Sheila Rostiac, VP Total Rewards & Talent Management, PSEG Services Corporation

Hands on Tools and Advice to Help Youth Cope with Loss

In her article Circles of Love, author Kate Braestrup describes a visit to her children’s psychologist after their father’s death.  “My children are suffering,” I told the psychologist.  “They cry, Sometimes they don’t want to eat, they have dreams from which they awaken, weeping.  What can I do to make the suffering stop?”  The child psychologist said to me, gently, “Their father died.”   “I know…


This past weekend our community suffered a loss – an unexpected and devastating loss, of a young woman, Terry DiFalco.