February 2018


10 Tips on Talking to a Child After a Tragedy


​Tragic events such as the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school are difficult for anyone to comprehend and process. Locally and across the country, we collectively mourn the loss of life every time such a senseless tragedy occurs. In addition, children’s own sorrow, fear and despair can be heightened as they watch and hear about the plight of grieving students, teachers and the affected community in school, on social media and the nightly news. As parents, it is important that we reassure our children that though we hear about these tragedies, we, their school and other adults in their world are always working to ensure their safety.


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February 28 2018


The children are talking about…death


When a local second-grade classroom was touched by the death of a school community member, their class was infiltrated with chatter about funerals, death, and questions of heaven. Stories emerged of other family, friends and pets that had died.  After several days, their teacher recognized that their questions would not go away unanswered. She observed the desire for these children to share their stories and experiences related to death and dying.


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February 09 2018


Two Ways to Remember Your Loved One


The gardens at Ames Family Hospice House, David Simpson Hospice House and the Medina Hospice Inpatient Care Center offer beautiful outdoor
spaces for meditation and reflection.

Whether it is with a paver or a stone bench, when you dedicate an outdoor tribute to your loved one, you are helping us create an atmosphere of care and healing. Contact us at 855.475.0245 or visit hospicewr.org/tribute-walks to learn more.


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February 06 2018


Book Review


The year my brother died, I forgot how to breathe, and no one seemed to notice. After all, it was only my brother; I should get over it.” When T.J. Wray lost her 43-year-old brother, she realized that the death of a sibling is not often acknowledged and that there is little information available to help cope with the loss of an adult sibling. That is what prompted Wray, a Professor of Religious and Theological Studies at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, to write about her experience with losing her adult brother. Her own research confirmed that sibling loss has been ignored and is often considered insignificant in the eyes of others.


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February 06 2018


A Child's View: Reading Rewards


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Reading is such a great way to spend time. Imagining yourself in the story,
learning something new, or exploring imaginary worlds – the options are endless. Did you know that there are books and journals available to help kids of all ages understand the idea of death and help them tackle the big feelings of grief?
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February 06 2018

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