Below are some tip sheets that provide helpful information on important topics related to children and grief.
While grief can be a winding road filled with ups and downs, there are ways to help you and your family feel supported during the holidays. By being prepared, seeking support, creating new meaning and traditions, and practicing healthy self-care, the holidays can be more manageable and new memories can be made.
There is no quick or easy answer when deciding if a child should attend a funeral or memorial service but there are helpful ways to determine the best answer for you, your child and your family.
When a death occurs in a school community, it can be a daunting task for the adults there to know what to do and how to react. Whether it is the death of a student, faculty member, or parent, a death can greatly impact the greater school community both in and out of the classroom.
For more information on grieving and families, please click on the links below.
Adolescent Psychiatry American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 202.966.7300, www.aacap.org
All Kids Grieve A resource for teachers, parents, counselors and other caring adults. www.allkidsgrieve.org
Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia Helps children and youth resolve conflict nonviolently, while assisting victims and their families to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of violence. 215.567.6776 www.avpphila.org
Center for Loss and Bereavement A non-profit organization that provides professional counseling, support services and education within an environment of support and education for those individuals, couples and families dealing with loss and bereavement. 610-222-4110 www.bereavementcenter.org
Centering Corporation A non-profit bereavement resource center for books and other printed material, P. O. Box 4600, 1531 N. Saddle Creek Road, Omaha, NE 68104, 402.553.0507, www.Centering.Org
Compassion Books Resources to help children and adults through serious illness, death, loss, grief and bereavement. www.compassionbooks.com or 800.970.4220.
The Compassionate Friends Grief support after the death of a child, P. O. Box 3696, Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696, phone 877.969.0010, fax 630.990.0246, www.compassionatefriends.org
Dougy Center National Center for Grieving Children and Families, P. O. Box 86852, Portland, Oregon 97286, fax 503.777.3097, www.dougy.org.
FEMA for Kids Government kid friendly site to help children with trauma. http://www.ready.gov/kids
Grief Net Internet community for persons dealing with grief. http://www.griefnet.org/
The Moyer Foundation Resource Center is a comprehensive online library of carefully curated resources that provide the tools to navigate some of life’s most challenging experiences. www.moyerfoundation.org/resources
Mental Health Issues Mental Health Association on Southeastern Pennsylvania, 800.688.4226, www.mhasp.org
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, 800.646.6460, www.nhpco.org
Peter's Place A program for grieving children, teens and families located in Radnor, PA 610-687-5150 http://www.petersplaceonline.org
Psychology Today To find a private therapist/counselor, click on the tab and type in the zip code and choose from the drop-down box "Loss or Grief." http://www.psychologytoday.com/
Safe Harbor A program for grieving children, teens and families located in Willow Grove, PA 215-481-5983 http://www.abingtonhealth.org/services-specialties/childrens-health/resources/safe-harbor/#.U87FsPldWSo
UNITE, Inc. Grief support following miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death.
P. O. Box 65, Drexel Hill, PA 19026 (888.488.6483) www.unitegriefsupport.org
Association for Death Education and Counseling, 860.586.7503, www.adec.org
National Alliance for Grieving Children Promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them. 866-432-1542 www.nationalallianceforgrievingchildren.org/
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