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Camp Stepping Stones: Magical Event for Grieving Kids, Parents

Posted on April 30, 2019 by Kelli Ann Sullivan

The mother of three children recalls the healing effects of Care Dimensions' Camp Stepping Stones, a family retreat for children and adults who have experienced the death of someone close to them. The family now helps other grieving families by volunteering at the event. ...

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How to Support Your Child When Visiting a Hospice Patient

Posted on February 28, 2019 by Care Dimensions Children’s Program Staff

Care Dimensions child life specialists offer tips for parents to prepare their children for visits with loved ones who are receiving hospice care. ...

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3 Ways to Support Grieving Teens Who Use Social Media

Posted on November 14, 2018 by Samantha Alanis

Posting to social media is one of the ways grieving teens may choose to remember their person. These platforms can be a great outlet for connecting, empowering, advocating and remembering if they have proper support and oversight. ...

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Why I Volunteer at Camp Stepping Stones for Grieving Children

Posted on June 13, 2018 by Claire Conway

As a special needs preschool teacher’s assistant at the Riverside School in Danvers, MA, I work each day with a myriad of children, all with different abilities and personalities. All of them make me smile. I am drawn to helping children learn and experience joy in their everyday lives, so volunteering with Camp Stepping Stones was a natural fit for me. ...

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The Heart of the Village: Supporting Each Other in Grief

Posted on June 12, 2018 by Ellen Frankel, LCSW

It takes a village to raise a child. This old African proverb is at the heart of Camp Stepping Stones, a one-day retreat offered by Care Dimensions for children and adults who are grieving the death of someone close to them. As families gather together, a village is created where memories, stories and hearts are shared, both literally and figuratively. ...

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Son, Mom Pay it Forward at Grief Camp

Posted on June 12, 2018 by Anne Williams

I was only nine years old when my Dad died suddenly. It was terrible. I loved my Dad very much and I miss him every day. My Mom suggested that we both go to Camp Stepping Stones but I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I got to Camp the first things I noticed were lots of kids and families, a basketball court, and arts and crafts tables. The volunteers were very nice and they helped us get into different groups, depending on our age. ...

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Old Enough to Grieve: Supporting Children After Loss

Posted on June 1, 2018 by Danielle Buzanga, CCLS, LCSW

Death is often considered a “taboo” topic in our society today. People don’t like to talk about it. Especially with children. Adults will often strive to protect children from anything upsetting or potentially painful. But the fact remains that most children will be impacted by loss at some point during their childhood ...

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Lesson Learned: Give Grieving Children Their Voice

Posted on March 1, 2018 by Patricia Ahern, RN, MBA, FACHE

Over the many years of my work with young families, I have learned so much about the way they navigate tragedies. I remember one family with two children in grade school that was suddenly and unexpectedly motherless. They stand out in my mind because of the patterns that I saw then and so many times later with other grieving families. ...

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4 Ways to Help Grieving Children Face the New Year

Posted on January 5, 2018 by Cammy Adler-Roth, CCLS, LCSW

For many, the new year is recognized as a time of exciting change and renewal, but for those who are grieving, it’s not always sparkles and glitter. If you are supporting a child who is grieving, it is important to be mindful of the many emotions that can accompany this annual milestone. Here are four tips to help you navigate the new year with grieving children. ...

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Learning to Cope With My Mom’s Death

Posted on November 15, 2017 by Brian Morissette

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. ...

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