The mission of The Compassionate Friends: When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
A nationwide network of professionals and volunteers who share ideas, information and resources with each other to better support the grieving children and families they serve.
COPE’s programs have expanded to offer support to all family members including Camp Erin NYC – a free weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6-17 who are grieving the death of someone close to them as well as our Teen General Loss Bereavement Group. Our monthly healing workshops offer yoga, meditation, Reiki, art, movement, music, breath work and more. COPE offers special events and workshops, professional forums, a grief support line and an extensive website, ongoing support group meetings and the one-on-one support of peer mentors.
Thoughts from Fred Rogers on death. “Young children don’t know that sadness isn’t forever. It’s frightening for them to feel that their sadness may overwhelm them and never go away. That “the very same people who are sad sometimes are the very same people who are glad sometimes” is something all parents need to help their children come to understand.”
Because military loss is unique, it can help to “tap into” the special services that are available for those who suffer it. To explore this, check out TAPS–the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors for military families, which offers a variety of services, from grief counseling, to help with benefits, to a national helpline, to access to care and support groups. Moreover, TAPS offers many ways to connect with others, whether in a one-on-one, community-based, online or peer mentor fashion. Survivor resource kits and a library of materials are likewise available. Connecting with this community of others whose losses share many features with her own could represent a big step forward.
It’s hard to know what to say and what not to say to someone who is grieving a loss. This article gives some helpful suggestions.
When a companion animal passes away, their loss is felt by the entire family. Children can have an especially difficult time understanding the death of a pet and working through the new emotions they experience. It can be challenging for parents to figure out how to console their children, especially while they are handling their own grief. This information can be helpful for parents struggling to find a way to comfort their child, or themselves, during the bereavement process.
When someone we love – such as a beloved pet – dies, the loss often causes grief and intense sorrow. By physically showing your grief, you actively mourn the death of your beloved pet. This active mourning will move you on a journey toward reconciling with the loss of your pet.