popular topics in dealing with tough topics

  • Family Life
    Aging Animals
    Dealing with the Loss of Your Cat
    Dealing with the Loss of Your Cat Losing a beloved pet is very difficult. Be kind to yourself. Try to plan for something to do for the rest of the day, and try to be with someone who understands your grief. Don't share your feelings with people ...
  • Family Life
    Aging Animals
    Dealing with the Loss of Your Dog
    Dealing with the Loss of Your Dog Be kind to yourself after the euthanasia. Try to plan something to do for the rest of the day with someone who understands your grief. Don't share your feelings with anyone who you think won't understand. The la...
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    Death and Dying
    12 Children's Books That Help Explain Tragedies and Death
    It can be incredibly difficult to explain tragedy and death to a young child, and to help them cope. Whether your family is facing a personal loss of a family member or friend, or is struggling with the news of a community or national tragedy, ...
  • Family Life
    Aging Animals
    When Your Pet Dies: Rainbow Bridge
    When Your Pet Dies: Rainbow Bridge Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special...
  • Kids
    Friendships
    When a Child Loses Her Best Friend
    Counseling may be called for when a child shows signs of serious distress over losing a friend. ...
  • Kids
    Death and Dying
    Preoccupation with Death and Illness
    While a child's fear may be focused on one topic, it usually reflects a more general anxiety condition related to a bigger problem. ...
  • Kids
    Death and Dying
    Explaining Cremation to Kids
    Cremation is a tough concept for young kids to comprehend, but it's much worse to shield them from this ritual. ...
  • Kids
    Grief and Loss
    When a Child Loses a Parent to Cancer
    Adolescents are especially at risk when they have experienced the loss of someone dear to them. ...
  • Kids
    Dealing With Tough Topics
    Son Witnessed Attempted Suicide
    An expert advises the parents of a teen who is troubled after witnessing an attempted suicide. ...
  • Kids
    Death and Dying
    Should Kids Attend Funerals?
    Children as young as three years old are equipped to attend both a funeral and a burial at the cemetery. ...
  • Kids
    Death and Dying
    Preparing Children for a Grandparent's Death
    A mother seeks advice on how to prepare her children (ages 8, 11, and 20) for their grandmother's imminent decline and death. ...
  • Kids
    Grief and Loss
    Son in Boarding School Loses Friend to Suicide
    A parent asks our expert, "How can I help my son deal with his friend's suicide when he's so far from home?" ...
  • Kids
    Grief and Loss
    Help with Grieving
    Does a child need help grieving if he isn't showing emotion over the death of his grandmother? ...
  • Kids
    Death and Dying
    Best Friend of 17-Year-Old Dies Suddenly
    What's the best way to support a teenager who has lost his best friend? ...
  • School and Learning
    Coping With Autism
    The Autism Spectrum Disorder Grief Cycle
    The Autism Spectrum Disorder Grief Cycle Shock and disbelief. The first reaction a parent usually has when hearing the diagnosis, even if they suspected something was wrong, is disbelief. "There must be some mistake." "This can't be happening." ...
  • Kids
    Death and Dying
    Three-Year-Old Told That Grandpa Died
    A parent seeks reassurance that she explained Grandpa's death to her son in an appropriate way. ...
  • Kids
    Grief and Loss
    Helping Son with Grief Process
    A young teen needs some skilled, compassionate therapy after losing his best friend to leukemia. ...
  • Pregnancy
    Adjusting to New Motherhood
    How to Reduce Worry
    How to Reduce Worry (From Protecting the Gift. Copyright 1999 by Gavin de Becker. Published by The Dial Press. Reprinted with permission.) Why you worry All the energy a new mother might once have put into protecting herself she now puts into ...
    Gavin de Becker, Family Safety Expert