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 can somehow keep them innocent a little longer; in shielding them from a harsh – but universal – reality, though, we risk confusing them and upsetting them more than if we would just address their fears directly.
It’s our goal at Harbor Lights to give children, along with their families and the important adults in their lives, the vocabulary and tools to address loss and the anticipation of loss. We believe it’s crucial that there are supports for children in place in every aspect of their lives; at home, at school, and in the community. That’s why we’ve developed comprehensive programs and services to meet the unique needs of children in a time of loss, from workshops and educational seminars to individual family counseling. We’re also continually developing and offering free, educational content online.
Whether you’re a teacher, a parent, or a friend to a grieving child, we hope you’ll find this blog full of useful information about not only what we do, but also what you can do to best support children through the grieving process. By creating a user login at our website, you can automatically receive these blog posts along with our monthly newsletters, which will provide information on upcoming events and workshops.
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Anna & Laura