It was just another relaxing Sunday. I was playing in my backyard, and the rest of my family members were up to their own personal thing. This seemed like just a normal weekend day until I got a phone call from my dad telling me that my mom was in the hospital. ...Continue reading
As summer draws to a close, the transition from a relaxed schedule to a more structured school routine can elicit a variety of emotions and anxieties for children and caregivers, especially those who have experienced the death of someone close. After a child experiences a significant loss, these feelings can be amplified and make the transition seem overwhelming. This article lists some tips to help your family navigate the back-to-school transition. ...Continue reading
Most children experience loss at some point in their childhood – a grandparent dies, a parent becomes seriously ill or a best friend moves away. Experts say that intense grief could last, on average, about two to three years in adults. For children, grief feelings can last even longer. ...Continue reading
Death is not an easy topic to talk about. It can make us feel scared and uneasy. Talking about it with children can be even more difficult. Using books can be a helpful way for parents, teachers, or other caregivers to guide conversations with young children. The following books have been reviewed and recommended by child life specialists at Care Dimensions. ...Continue reading
Our child life specialists are constantly looking for quality resources to share with families and professionals who are faced with supporting children through a parent’s life-limiting illness. Recently, Care Dimensions child life specialists saw the new Hollywood movie that portrays the experience of so many of the children and families with whom we work on a daily basis. ...Continue reading
The teen years can be difficult for anyone. Academic pressure, peer pressure, uncertainty about the future, self-identity and expression issues, and sexuality concerns are all part of teen’s everyday life. When a teen experiences the death of someone close to them, the grief can feel overwhelming, confusing, and very isolating. Here are five tips to help teens navigate their grief journey. ...Continue reading
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