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Feelings Children Experience After a Suicide

This post is about suicide – specifically explaining the suicide of a loved one to a child. Suicide is a difficult topic to speak about. It’s hard for adults to understand and difficult to explain to children. Children can cope better with difficult topics and feelings when they are able to talk openly about them.
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September 10 2015

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 

Returning to School After the Sudden Death of a Loved One

​The lazy days of summer are quickly coming to an end.  As we move into the routine of another school year filled with promise, death is typically the last thing on our minds. Unfortunately, sudden death can strike the lives of students and school communities without warning, leaving despair, uncertainty and pain in its wake.

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August 15 2015

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 

Continuing Bonds

Many grieving people wonder how they can maintain the bond they had with their deceased loved one as they move on with their lives. Many can’t even imagine moving on.

Developing a continuing bond happens over time. It shifts and changes for the mourner as different meanings in the loss are discovered. Continuing bonds provides solace, support and helps ease the transition from the past to the present.
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July 28 2015

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 

Creations from Special Belongings

​When someone you love dies, being surrounded by their belongings can be both a treasure and a stressor. What is the best thing to do with all that stuff?

Do you toss it in a dumpster, donate to your local charity, save it for other people, save it for yourself or sell it?!  And how do you decide what to keep? And if you do keep it, what do you do with it?
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June 22 2015

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 

Grief and Travel

The days are longer, a summer breeze is in the air, songbirds are singing, and grief continues to hang on even through the transition of seasons. It seems as though one ought to have an opportunity to escape grief just as people vacation from work or the busyness of life. Some may even think if they could just get away and focus on their grief, they'll "get over it faster," or be better able to handle the variability of its emotions.
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June 21 2015

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Diane Snyder-Cowan 

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