In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, many of us are left feeling grief-stricken, anxious or helpless. The horrific images etched into our minds are tragic remembrances of events that have become sadly familiar. When will the deadliest finally be the last? As humans, our empathetic response is expressed through our … Continue reading When tragedy shakes a nation, focus forward through action
Many parents struggle with what to tell their children about mass tragedies like the recent horrific attacks on Paris. These events can be difficult for adults to process, let alone children and teens with less life experience to draw on. Today is Children’s Grief Awareness Day, an opportunity to recognize the impact that death and … Continue reading How should you talk to your kids about the Paris attacks?
When your high mileage sedan ceases to calmly speed around the corner in the direction you had in mind and decides to attempt a reverse 180, you don’t think about the eventual consequences. It will take months for you to sort out how a pleasant country drive, progressing with such seeming calm and unhurried grace, … Continue reading Facing loss, grief during holiday season
A first-time mom was going into labor two weeks early when she arrived at a Baylor labor and delivery unit. In a strange twist of fate, as this mother-to-be was about to bring new life into the world, across the hospital, her own mother lay in the intensive care unit in the waning hours of … Continue reading Finding Comfort In Times of Joy and Sorrow
Losing a child is one of the most devastating experiences a parent could ever face, one that Mary (Cookie) Cox knows all too well. Having lost her own child a few years ago, she understands the extent of a mother’s grief. True compassion is something that Cookie displays every day in her work as a patient … Continue reading How a Mother Brings Faith to Others During Devastating Loss
Today is Children’s Grief Awareness Day, a day to recognize the impact that a death can bring to a child’s life. It is an opportunity for us to acknowledge and support the grieving children in our communities and in our personal lives. Adults often have misconceptions about children’s grief. Because children continue to play and … Continue reading Helping children cope with grief
Just a week ago, I was feeling very down, even apprehensive as the end of the work day approached. Usually, I’m anticipating a fun evening. I was sad because at 5 p.m. I would have to make a final journey to my vet with a beloved pet, my dog Handsome Jack. Now that a week … Continue reading Understanding and Coping With Grief