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New Book: What Do We Tell the Children?

August 22, 2013


My first book, What Do We Tell the Children? Talking to Kids About Death and Dying is now available everywhere through Abingdon Press. Click HERE to purchase on Amazon. The book is filled with stories about children who are grieving, healing, tools for how to support kids, and our need for a cultural change around […]

Bodies, Death, Rituals, and Why the Trio Matters for Kids

January 31, 2013


Last week I spent a fair amount of time on the phone with the media. A few nights prior to my conversations, two teenage boys went onto a lake to go ice fishing. They both fell through and drowned. As the community grieved these painful deaths, they community members waited on the shore of the […]

Let’s Talk About Death and Social Justice

December 4, 2012


There is this idea, lingering out there in grocery story aisles and behind white picket fences, that working in the profession of death, dying, and bereavement is depressing. This idea, at least as it tends to be conveyed by folks who admire or watch it from afar, seems to be juxtaposed with the notion that […]

New Jersey’s Death with Dignity Bill Will Impact Grieving Children

September 27, 2012


On September 24, Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) proposed the New Jersey Death with Dignity Act. Legislation around bills concerning end-of-life care is often fueled with emotion. I have the interesting perspective of having studied Medical Ethics with renowned Theologian and Ethicist Dr. Margaret Farley in 2005, which is when Terry Schiavo was in the spotlight. […]

Uninformed Columnists Remind Us That Supporting a Bereaved Parent is Crucial

June 1, 2012


There are moments when I read thoughts shared by professionals and syndicated columnists that I find painfully mind numbing, sometimes causing my reaction to be filled with expletives. The same moments remind me that, even when I feel like I’m preaching to the choir or have become a scratchy record, the task of transforming how […]

Anderson Cooper sheds light on abuses in cemeteries

May 24, 2012


In my essay “The Business of Grief” I discuss green burial, cemetery practices, and funeral homes. On May 20th, Anderson Cooper exposed cemetery practices on 60 Minutes. He interviewed an advocate for the funeral industry, cemetery workers, and investigators. In Florida, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Anderson tells stories of the dead being exhumed and trashed […]

The Controversy Over Including Grief in The DSM-5 Continues . . .

May 23, 2012


The American Psychiatric Association is considering the inclusion of grief in the DSM-5. A lot of people are unhappy about this prospect and the effects it will most likely have on grief, mental health diagnosis, and the ways in which it will pathologize grief. Dr. Richard Friedman has a great article in the New England […]

Everyone Wants to Know How to Talk to a Grieving Kid

April 12, 2012


The National Alliance for Grieving Children is working hard to raise awareness about children’s bereavement. A recent poll of grieving kids is getting some good press and helping centers like Good Grief in Morristown, NJ further articulate the tremendous need for support. This afternoon I spoke with the Chicago Tribune about one result from the […]

A Petition that Acknowledges Grief in the Workplace

April 11, 2012


The majority of bereaved employees are thrown right back into work shortly after they experience the death of a loved one. Most businesses only permit three paid days off. Over the years, I have heard many beautiful stories in which co-workers gave up their vacation time to help a colleague; Christmas gifts were foregone so […]

Children’s bereavement and a recent poll of grieving kids

April 3, 2012


On Saturday, March 31st I appeared on Good Day Street Talk with two families from my center, Good Grief. The segment demonstrates how two kids grieving the death of their dads approach grief differently. From a mom who had a heart attack at the wake and was unable to support her three children as they […]