Browsing All posts tagged under »good grief«

New Book: What Do We Tell the Children?

August 22, 2013 by


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 by


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 by


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 […]

“Healthy, honest, and healing.” An interview with Joe Primo

May 30, 2012 by


Joe Primo is the Associate Executive Director at the Good Grief Center for grieving children and teens in New Jersey and a board member of the National Alliance of Grieving Children. He earned his master’s of divinity degree at Yale University. Primo’s essay, “The Business of Grief,” which draws from his personal experiences as a […]

Everyone Wants to Know How to Talk to a Grieving Kid

April 12, 2012 by


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 by


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 by


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 […]

From the mouths of babes . . .

February 29, 2012 by


Over the past year Good Grief (the fastest growing children’s bereavement center in the country) has been working in collaboration with the National Alliance for Grieving Children and the New York Life Foundation to raise awareness about children’s grief. In future posts, I will share some groundbreaking statistics we collected this year. But first, here […]