Sunday, March 1, 2009

Grieving with children

It’s been a month now since we lost Rob’s mom. I’ve been especially grateful during that time to read stories and remembrances of Ann written by many of her longtime friends – stories that we’ll print and preserve for Will and Owen to read one day. Today’s Ledger-Enquirer includes our family’s story of coping with the loss of a grandmother – and mother -- who meant so much to us.

Here are a few Web sites that offer guidance about how to help children cope with the death of a loved one. offers a comprehensive article on the subject as does this National Institutes of Health publication . This NDSU Web site focuses on how children understand and react to the death of a loved one at different ages and ends by recommending some age-appropriate book that deal with death.

If you have any personal stories to share or advice to offer about how your own children have worked through a family member’s death, please leave a comment.

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