Browsing All posts tagged under »grieving children«

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 […]

Uninformed Columnists Remind Us That Supporting a Bereaved Parent is Crucial

June 1, 2012 by


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 […]

“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 […]

Miracles as well as doubts

March 31, 2012 by


In response to Catherine’s post, “How Dead is Dead?”: I agree that use of bypass technology to provide “organ support” for brain dead patients is troubling. I heard the same NPR program and it caused me to vividly recall my own doubts about my daughter Maya’s status as a biomort. Maya was declared dead by […]

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 […]