Tag Archives: Young Children and Death

What Is It Like To Run A Camp for Grieving Children?

An interview with Cherie Shoemake, director of Optimal Hospice Foundation, Part Two

Today SevenPonds talks to Cherie Shoemake about Kids Camp, a summer camp for grieving children ages 8 to 16 who have recently experienced the loss of someone close to them. Cherie is the director of Optimal Hospice Foundation, the organization … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Purple Balloon” by Chris Raschka

How to talk to children about death

Talking about dying is hard. Dying is harder. But there are many people who can help. –from “The Purple Balloon”   Created in conjunction with Children’s Hospice International, “The Purple Balloon” by Chris Raschka offers a way for parents, families, … Continue reading

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Introducing the Concept of Death to Children

 with the Help of a Picture Book

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death To Children tells it like it is

Most children’s books that tackle the issue of death and dying revolve around the grieving process. They usually tell the story of a pet or a grandparent that passes away, and they tend have a uniform message: that the pain caused … Continue reading

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 A Unique San Francisco Support Group for Children’s Grief “Josie’s Place”

Announces an evening benefitting grieving children and families entitled "Hope Springs"

More than a year ago I became aware of Josie’s Place, a San Francisco Bay Area support group for children and teens who have lost a loved one. The founder, Patricia Murphy, lost her own mother when she was a … Continue reading

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