Tag Archives: grief and bereavement

Supporting Loved Ones from a Distance (Part I)

Editor’s Note: The following is taken from the OSF Home Care Messages of Hope booklet, “When You are Far Away From a Loved One.” Because of our lifestyles, our work and many other factors, Americans now live hundreds or thousands of miles away from their families. When someone in our family dies, we may not […]



Christmas Poem for Those Who Grieve

Contributed by: MaryJo Zacher – Director of Pastoral Care, OSF Home Care Services Christmas Desiderata for Those Who Grieve Go peacefully amid the Christmas craziness and rushing, and remember that you do not have to participate at anyone else’s pace but your own. As far as possible, without giving away a piece of who you […]



Helping Children Grieve During the Holidays

Contributed By: Laura Sollenberger, Pediatric Supportive Care Counseling Supervisor – OSF Saint Francis Adults play an important role in helping children grieve, especially over the holidays when new emotions and memories can hit with full force. Children often have trouble expressing their emotions and they may not be open about their own grief. The following […]



Helping Children Cope When a Loved One Dies

Contributed By: Laura Sollenberger, Pediatric Supportive Care Counseling Supervisor – OSF Saint Francis When someone a child loves dies, it can be difficult to know how to help, but helping children cope with the loss is vital to the grieving process. How children cope with death depends largely on their developmental age, life experiences, personality, […]



Helping Children Cope When Family is Dying

Contributed By: Laura Sollenberger, Pediatric Supportive Care Counseling Supervisor – OSF Saint Francis The death of a close relative can be very difficult for children. Helping children cope before the death of a loved one can help improve coping after the death occurs. A child’s reaction to learning that a close relative is going to […]