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How to Talk to the Children and Teens in Your Life About the Newtown, CT, Tragedy

Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Once again we are faced with the traumatic, violent deaths of a group of innocent people, this time precious children in Newtown, Connecticut. I have been asked to provide some guidelines on how to communicate with children and teens about this tragedy. If you know of others who might benefit from this information, I invite you to forward this article to them.

Will I Befriend My Feelings Or Will I Deny, Repress, Or Inhibit Them?

Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

"I don't have to go in search of the pain of grief-it finds me. It's when I deny or insulate myself from the pain of the loss that I shut down. Ironically, it is in being open to the pain that I move through it to renewed living."
-Alan D. Wolfelt

Life & Legacy: 1st Blog Entry

Welcome to Smith’s Life and Legacy Blog. We are pleased to offer our community a forum to discuss issues related to caring for one another through the difficult times of life transitions. We will be discussing a variety of topics in this blog, including the uniqueness of the grief experience, the importance of mourning a loss, new and seminal resources on bereavement, and the value of funeral ritual and community support. Please feel free to check in regularly and leave your comments.