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Long time NAGC supporter, A Little Hope, Inc. is partnering with Comfort Zone Camp to provide a free three-day bereavement camp program for children who have lost a parent, guardian or sibling to death by suicide.
This camp will take place May 29-31 at Camp Chinqueka in Litchfield.
This three-day program is a strength-based, child-focused model, which includes age-based support groups facilitated by trained grief specialists. The program will facilitate icebreakers, confidence-building activities and other activities designed to facilitate trust, expression, and interaction among them. To be eligible, the child must be between the ages of 7-17 (18 if still in high school), and have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver to death by suicide.
Parents or guardians are invited to participate in a one-day program May 30.
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Creating a diagnosis for grief is certainly a hot topic.
Dr. Joanne Cacciatore is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University and founder of the Center for Loss and Trauma. In this blog, she shares her thoughts on this. Please share yours.…/death-common-sense-love-grie…/
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NAGC Webinar: "Grassroots Marketing: The Power of Community Involvement" with A'Lisha Williams

Thursday, March 4th- Free for members!
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Kris Fulkerson of Heartlinks Grief Center at Family Hospice reflects on grief and the beginning of the center founded by Diana Cuddeback.

What is Grief? - Our founder and the spirit of Heartlinks, my best friend and work wife, Diana, often tells a beautiful story about how Heartlinks evolved. In 1997, Heartlinks began as a lending library with grief books for children, but Diana quickly realized that grieving people needed human connection more than books. So, she began doing home visits. It was on one of these visits, after Diana had gone fishing with a young man who had lost his grandfather, that I believe our version of Heartlinks first began. As Diana was packing up to leave, talking about going to see another young boy who was grieving, the young man in front of her asked, "What does he look like?" In her ever present wisdom, Diana answered "Like you." And from this one moment, Heartlinks grief groups emerged; first one or two and now the multitude of support that encompasses a whole community of grievers.
This young man could not have known what his question would encourage Diana to create, yet when he asked it, he asked not just for himself but for all of us. Who in their grief has not wondered if anyone else out there in the world understands the reality of a broken heart? The power of looking across a group and realizing that in this room right now I am not alone cannot be described; it can only be lived. Grief is oftentimes beyond words and too complex to even understand let alone explain. I describe grief as a sad mad bad feeling...what a pathetically inadequate description of a gut wrenching, soul shattering, heart splitting experience. Yet even those words don't capture it fully. How can we all know and understand what grief is and not know or understand it at the same time?
Much like death, grief defies understanding and eludes my brain's ability to talk about it. Instead of making it less real, I think the lack of understanding makes it too real. Diana told the young grieving man that the next kid she was going to see looked like him. "Like you," she told him. And so when I think about grief and loss, when I think about Heartlinks, when I think about all of you connected to us, I think that you are like me. And so I believe that we are all of us a jumbled collection of understanding and disbelief; of love and hate; of longing and anger; of compassion and judgment. I think that together we can answer the question of what is grief and that apart the question is too big for any one of us. I have no answers, but it seems that maybe I'm not supposed to have the answers...maybe I am just supposed to be like you. Together, we are never alone. ~ Kris
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A good activity to use for Valentine's Day: "A Letter to You From Your Loved One"

A powerful, beautiful activity for grieving children/teens is to have them write a letter as if it is from the person who died. Use the following prompts to help jump-start writing. This is an activity that can be used year-round and with adults as well.
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It's hard to imagine anyone would use a death in the family to taunt, tease and bully. This letter is to teens and preteens, but it goes for grown ups too.
Dear Griever, It’s hard to believe that this letter needs to be written.  You can call me naïve and out of touch, but I just took for granted that people should be sensitive to those grieving the death of a loved one.  I simply assumed everyone knew that under no circumstances is it cool to ...
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9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try
As all the kids line up to go to school, your son, Timmy, turns to you and says, “I don’t want to take the bus. My stomach hurts. Please don’t make me go.” You cringe and think, Here we go again. What should be a simple morning...
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Article: "Talking with my 3-year-old about death " "I watch the boy and my eyes fill with tears. I choose to hold space as he journeys with the pain and gently make room for its expression." ‪#‎grief‬ ‪#‎children‬
Reflections on love, grief and stories that matter
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Registration is now open for the 19th Annual NAGC Symposium on Children's Grief in Portland, Oregon June 18-20, 2015! This year's local host is The Dougy Center.
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NAGC member Mandi Zucker of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss​ shares her own experience of grief when the father of her teenage son's friend died.

"All of a sudden, my 5’5” teen looked and felt like a baby. He’s been taller than me for over a year and his voice is deeper than his fathers. But as I waited to pick him up from school with the news that one of his best friend’s father died, I felt like I was ripping a security blanket away from an infant.My son who likes to pretend he knows everything does that because in his world he DOES know everything! Now I have to tell him something he doesn’t know. My heart raced as he walked to the car and I felt like I was about to steal a piece of his childhood."
All of a sudden, my 5’5” teen looked and felt like a baby. He’s been taller than me for over a year and his voice is deeper than his fathers. But as I waited to pick him up fro...
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It is normal to not feel "normal "while grieving.
Remember to be very gentle with yourself.
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New Jersey first State to have Bill signed into Law for Children’s Grief Awareness Day!
Friday, January 9th, 2015 was a monumental day in the small but mighty State of New Jersey! Bill AJR-88 was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie, officially declaring the third Thursday in November, "Children's Grief Awareness Day." The legislation, sponsored by Assemblymen David Rible and ...
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The National Alliance for Grieving Children promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them... Because all grieving children deserve a chance to heal.

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The National Alliance for Grieving Children provides a network for nationwide communication between hundreds of children's bereavement centers who want to share ideas, information and resources with each other to better support the families they serve in their own communities.

The National Alliance for Grieving Children also provides information on current topics and a schedule of professional workshops across the country.

The National Alliance for Grieving Children is led by an all volunteer Board of Directors that represent programs from all around the country.  Join us by serving on a committee or consider nominating someone for the Board. Meet our Board of Directors.

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The National Alliance for Grieving Children lists grief support service providers who serve children, teens and their families.  The National Alliance for Grieving Children does not evaluate or check the validity of certifications or licenses of any provider.  In seeking grief support services and/or counseling, NAGC recommends that each consumer inquire directly with the providers listed as to their trainings and certifications, with the better business bureau or with any applicable governing licensing boards.

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