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Children and Grief: 5th in a 7 Part Series

THOUGHTFUL PARENTING CHILDREN AND GRIEF: 5th in a 7 PART SERIES By: Patti Doumany, MEd, LPC-S, RPT-S Many children will experience the loss of someone they care about. Although grief is a natural part of living, few adults in our society are prepared or knowledgeable in how to support bereaved children. Facilitating healthy mourning can… Continue Reading

Children and Grief: Part 4 of 7

THOUGHTFUL PARENTING CHILDREN AND GRIEF: 4th in a 7 PART SERIES By: Patti Doumany, MEd, LPC-S, RPT-S There are many circumstances influencing a child’s unique response to the death of a loved one. The nature of the death, the child’s attachment to the deceased, the availability of a consistent support system, the child’s perception of… Continue Reading

Children and Grief: Part 3 of 7

By: Patti Doumany MEd, LPC-S, RPT-S      Children grieve. Many times we witness their mourning through their play and behavior rather than their words. Children have unique responses and needs to loss.  In this continuing article I will review the six needs of mourning as outlined by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, director of the Center… Continue Reading

Child Abuse and Neglect: Effects on child development, brain development, and interpersonal relationships

Child Abuse and Neglect: Effects on child development, brain development, and interpersonal relationships By: Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph. D. Neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse have profound immediate and long-term effects on a child’s development. The long-term effects of abuse and neglect of a child can be seen in higher rates of psychiatric disorders, increased rates… Continue Reading

Children and Grief: Part 2 of 7

Children and Grief Part 2 By: Patti Doumany, MEd, LPC-S, RPT-S In Part I you read about a child’s first need of mourning: Acknowledging the Reality of the Death. The journey to healing does not mean forgetting or getting over loved ones. To begin the process of mourning children must first be given honest explanations… Continue Reading

All Work And No Play

Dr. Esther Entin writes about how play time is in short supply for children these days, and how the lifelong consequences for developing children can be more serious than many people realize.

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Children and Grief: Part 1 in a 7 Part Series

Patti Doumany reviews the needs of mourning, as they pertain to children, and includes common myths surrounding children and death, developmental age differences in the understanding of death, and practices to help a grieving child.

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