Columnists Helen Fitzgerald and Carol Staudacher write regularly for Beliefnet about the issues of bereavement.
Helen Fitzgerald writes two columns: The Grieving Child, with advice for adults on helping bereaved children; and The Grieving Teen, speaking directly to a teen audience.
Carol Staudacher writes The Journey Through Sorrow, a continuing examination of the adult grieving process.
The Grieving Child:
What to Tell the Children -
When a member of the family is dying, how much should young children be told
How to Help a Fearful Child -
How to sooth the fears of a young child's first exposure to death
When a Child's Pet Dies -
Pet death is many children's first exposure to grief. The way this loss is handled can set patterns for life.
Do Children Grieve? -
When is loss real to a child? And how can adults help them cope?
When a Parent Dies -
Advice for the surviving spouse on how to help young children cope
The Grieving Teen:
When a Friend Commits Suicide -
Helping teens find comfort and closure
When Teens Lose a Parent -
The unique challenge of losing a parent in the midst of adolescence
When a Friend Threatens Violence -
What are the warning signs that a teenager could be dangerous to himself--or others? And what should you do if you see them?
What If I Feel the Wrong Thing? -
Helen addresses a teen's fear of not grieving the "right way."
When Depression Is Real -
Depression is a normal part of grief. But what can you do when it won't go away?
Teens Ask Helen -
Questions & Answers on suicide in the family and the guilt that often accompanies death
When a Sibling Dies -
Any child's death prompts an outpouring of sympathy for the parents, but what about the surviving kids?
The Journey Through Sorrow:
The Grief of Your Dying Loved One -
Comforting the dying as they come to terms with their own impending losses
When a Child Dies -
Surviving the end of dreams
Surviving a Violent Death -
Coping with the harsh grief of a death by suicide, murder, or accident
Grieving the Death of a Parent -
Steps toward healing from one of life's profoundest losses
Will My Grief Ever End? -
What to do when the pain of grief persists
What Did You Inherit? -
A comforting way to reframe a common, tasteless question people ask the newly bereaved
Advice for the Grieving -
How to find a support group or plan a memorial service
Is My Grief Normal? -
Questions & Answers about what "normal" means in the changed world of sorrow
The Small "Insanities" of Grief -
The onset of grief can feel a lot like losing your mind.
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