For so many of us, talking about death is nearly impossible. It doesn’t matter that loss is a universal experience, and comes to each of us regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status. Death is scary and hard to fully comprehend …which is why it’s especially hard to discuss with children. We hope that we […]

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A Letter To Your Former Self

Kids, like adults, have been through a lot over the past several months. It’s likely that many of your students have not been asked to explicitly reflect on all that has happened, how they have changed, and what they have lost. This activity pushes them to do exactly that, without the pressure of expressing their […]

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Through the Waves of Covid: Top 10 Thoughts for Parents & Educators

You may have the feeling that you have had this feeling before: recent research tells us that the emotion many of us are experiencing during this seemingly endless pandemic is actually grief. We’re feeling loss: loss of our everyday “normal,” loss of freedom, and for far too many of us, loss of loved ones. We’re […]

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Covid-19, The Loss of Normalcy, and The Importance of Routine

While grief may seem to only impact a handful of returning k-12 students, it’s a misconception that most students are entering this school year without having experienced significant loss. That loss can be seen in the chained up playgrounds, the silent sports fields, and on the half covered faces of children in masks. Kids nationwide […]

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Father’s Day: Grief and the Calendar

The rhythm of our year often follows dates on the calendar – a new week, a new month, the change of seasons, holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, vacations. Some days like today, Father’s Day, marked with a symbol or words meant to celebrate the people we love. Grief seems to have a rhythm and flow all its […]

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Common Questions, Answered.

Helping Parents Talk to Kids about Death and Dying How much information is too much information for a child?  No one expects you to have a PhD in child development in order to be a parent or a teacher, but sometimes it sure feels like we need one in order to know how to best […]

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