Tag Archives: Death of a Child

Say Their Names: On Recovering After the Loss of a Child

The Compassionate Friends bring bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings together with one simple message

If you have experienced the loss of a child, you probably have felt a sense of isolation in the loss. Unlike most other types of loss, the death of a child is something that rarely happens. Most of us know someone … Continue reading

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Angel of Hope Memorial Gardens

A space for communities to heal after the loss of a child

The adage goes: “No parent should have to bury a child.” While nothing truly heals the pain caused by this loss, some communities are trying to ease the pain one statue at a time. Across the United States, parents who … Continue reading

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Film Review: Imaginary Heroes (2004) by Dan Harris

When a family's son commits suicide, they learn to live with his loss -- and with each other

“Imaginary Heroes” is director Dan Harris’s 2004 film about a family’s struggle to cope with the suicide of its youngest son. Each of the film’s characters brings a very real, complicated response to the table: there’s the mother Sandy (played … Continue reading

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Girl with Terminal Illness Recieves her Final Christmas Wish

Young Delaney "Laney" Brown passed away from a rare form of leukemia on Christmas -- but not without the loving presence of her community

“My heart breaks right now,” said the Mother of Delaney Brown, a young Pennsylvanian girl who passed away from a terminal illness on Christmas night. The loss of a child is one of life’s greatest tragedies, but at the very … Continue reading

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How Can We Support Families of Children with Serious Illness? An Interview with Jennifer Belke

Whether mending a broken bone or facing the death of a child, Child Life Services can help children and families cope with a hospital stay

The UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, part of the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, is one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation. They offer compassionate care for virtually all pediatric conditions, including cancer, heart disease, neurological … Continue reading

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