How to Help Your Grieving Children, Teens, and Families

how to help your grieving child teenager family - wide title picBy Lisa Mottola Ernst, MSW, LCSW

In working with grieving children, teens and families, I get many questions concerning children and their ability to grieve.

Is my child grieving?
Why do they want to go to their best friend’s house for a sleepover, when grandpa just died a week ago?
Why can I do to support my child?

Before answering these questions, it is important to note that children grieve differently than adults. For them, the loss of a parent, sister, brother, grandparent,…

Bridge To Wholeness: Volume 1 Issue 5 December 2014

December 2015 Bridge to Wholeness Newsletter Vol 1 Iss 5 Welcome to the December 2014 Issue of the Agape newsletter, Bridge to Wholeness!

Our monthly newsletter is the best way for you to keep up with what is going on around Agape, with events and updates, and articles written by our counselors. We hope it will help bring you a little bit closer to emotional, mental, and spiritual wholeness!

In this issue (click to read individual articles):

  • The Problem with Perfectionism by Bob Vass, PLPC NCC
  • Funny, Funny, Funny, What Money Can Do by
  • Grief / Bereavement

    Grief and bereavement can cause an onslaught of confusing emotions, including anger, confusion, fear, hopelessness, denial, pain, and intense sadness. After suffering loss, we not only have powerful emotions, but physical, social, cognitive, and behavioral reactions to our experience.

    Use the questions below as a self-reflective guide.

    Have you…

  • lost a loved one?
  • feel sadness?
  • have trouble sleeping?
  • have increased or decreased appetite?
  • feel guilty or worthless?