Tag Archives: Losing a Parent



Film Review: Ponette (1996) by Jacques Doillon

Jacques Doillon's film explores the way a young girl handles the death of her mother

In the American trailer for French director Jacques Doillon‘s 1996 film “Ponette,” the narrator coolly clarifies that this “is not a film about death” but rather “the celebration of life.” By the end of the film, the viewer realizes that this … Continue reading

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Memorial Music: “Dance with my Father” by Luther Vandross

A bittersweet song about a family remembering and mourning the loss of a father and a husband

Losing someone with whom you were extremely close to is never easy. It will stick with you for the rest of your life. As some of you may have seen in other articles on the site, such as our review … Continue reading

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“To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness”

-- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
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Book Review: Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen

A bestselling memoir that explores aging and the lessons we learn along the way

Let’s put it simply: I’m still young.  I have no concept of what it means to age.  I do know, though, that it can’t be that bad if more and more positive reports keep popping up on the bestseller list.  … Continue reading

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How to help children cope with death? An Interview with Patricia Murphy

How the loss of two mothers inspired Josie’s Place, a center that helps grieving children, teens, and families

We interview Patricia Murphy, co-founder and director of Josie’s Place in San Francisco, which offers support to grieving children and their parents. Continue reading

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Film Review: The Descendants

Looking into all the Oscar buzz and pleasantly surprised by a film's message

Amidst Oscar buzz and recent nominations, it seems only fitting to head to the movies this weekend.  I’m sure it came as no surprise to see The Artist among the nominees, but who ever thought a romantic comedy about a … Continue reading

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