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Her absence is like the sky

The act of living is different all through. Her absence is like the sky, spread all over everything.” C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

My father died when I was 14. This is the only story I can ever tell. By Riese Bernard

My father died when I was 14. My father died when I was 14. My father died when I was 14. Heart attack. While he was running. Training for a marathon. Yes, it was unexpected. Yes, just out of the blue. Yeah, just about the worst thing that could have ever happened, just really the absolute worst, nothing worse will ever happen to me! (I will laugh at this part, a little. To make sure you know it’s okay, that I can think about this thing and laugh at the same time.)

Talk, move, play, write. Talking with Teens About Coping with Loss

Last year we met with about 60 teens from Holy Trinity CYO program.  We left feeling inspired and full of hope about their resilience and ability to cope with tough times.

I am dying, but life is beautiful

This is a moving article about the importance of talking about illness with your family and kids and the importance of getting support. Read about one family's courageous battle with the final stages of Ovarian Cancer.

"She Only Lost Her Father"

A mother once said to me, “(My child) only lost her father, I lost my husband!” This is understandable because we think children cannot grieve to the same depth we do as adults.

Transformation at Imagine through Peer Support, Education and Volunteering

Many know of Imagine as the place to go when someone dies. What many don't know is that we also provide rich and transformative educational workshops in the community -- in schools, workplaces and agencies. Audiences include First Responders, agency volunteers, school staff, company employees, students of all ages, athletic coaches, troop leaders, Financial Advisors working with elderly clients, etc.. Our education and outreach programs are designed to create resilient communities able to support all those who grieve during times of loss and life transition. For more information you can reach us at learn@imaginenj.org.

Public vs. Private Grief by David Kessler, colleague of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

"We are outwardly saddened by the death of Robin Williams. We've seen this before with icons like JFK and JFK Jr., Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Whitney Houston.

Suicide is Closer Than You Think, by David Kessler

"The world has lost comic genius Robin Williams. We are stunned and deeply saddened.

How Parents Can Support Grieving Teens, by Laura McMullen, US News and World Report

You've attended parent-teacher conferences. You've taken them to checkups. You've talked to them about sex and bullies and drugs. But how can you, moms and dads, possibly prepare your kids for dealing with death? How can you explain the unexplainable and console the unconsolable? You can't protect your teenagers from the sickening grief of losing a friend. Or a cousin. Or a grandparent. But you can be there for them, ready to talk and (maybe more importantly) ready to listen. Here are five ways parents can support their grieving teenagers:

Lauren and Sam's Story

Good morning.  My name is Lauren.  I am 36 years old.  I was living a happy, beautiful life in Manhattan with my husband Steve and our 3 year old son Jacob when my life was turned upside down.  On February 9, 2013 my older sister and only sibling, Pamela, lost her very strong battle with Melanoma cancer and passed away.  She had JUST turned 39 years old.  She left behind the 2 loves of her life, Benjamin - who was 16 months old at the time and Samuel, who was 6 years old at the time.  Ben is now 2 and Sam is now 7.