This short clip from the Sesame Street episode when Mr. Hooper died may help children cope with death.
This music video can be helpful for those experiencing loss.
Online Resources for Stress, Tragedy, or Difficult News
Posttraumatic Growth and the Spirituality of Suffering
In this brief September 2020 reflection, Dr. Robert J. Wicks asks, "amidst the disruptions and terrible suffering caused by a pandemic, the question is: What can we do about maintaining a healthy perspective so we can appreciate amidst the darkness and because of the darkness, what new spiritual light we are being called to see?"
From the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at USC:
CLICK HERE for Guidelines for Responding to A Death by Suicide
CLICK HERE for Guidelines for After a Loved One Dies -- with a review of how children grieve and how parents and other caring adults can help them better understand
CLICK HERE for Guidelines for Supporting Grieving Children Over the Holidays.
CLICK HERE for a Catholic response to people with opioid addiction. (“So many people say, ‘They’ve caused it themselves. They deserve everything they get.’ First, that’s not a Christ-like attitude, and it doesn’t help the person. Second, it doesn’t change the fact that addiction is a chronic, progressive and terminal disease. It takes a lifetime to treat – just like diabetes and heart disease,”)
CLICK HERE for a series of articles from CatholicPhilly.com, exploring how the Catholic Church is facing the opioid addiction crisis and how spiritual resources and pastoral hard work are offering a response of mercy for communities.
CLICK HERE for "Locked Away: The Toll of Mass Incarceration on Students," from Edutopia, about how children with imprisoned siblings or parents often suffer silently, but learning environments can help confront the stigma and trauma.
CLICK HERE for a video on "Getting Started with Trauma-Informed Practices," from Edutopia, on using strategies tailored to children who have experienced trauma so that all children reap emotional benefits.
CLICK HERE for an article from Edutopia on strategies to help upper elementary and middle school kids who have experienced trauma understand and control their emotions.
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A Parish Guide for Bereavement Ministry & Funeral Planning.
by Jill Maria Murdy,
Twenty-Third Publications, 2018.
The death of a loved one is a shock, and planning a funeral can feel like a burden in a time of stress and grief. Created for pastoral ministers, deacons, pastors and parish leaders, this booklet is a helpful resource to pastorally accompany Catholic funeral planning - either in advance or after the death of a loved one. It is also a comforting planning tool for Catholics to have at home when facing aging or illness.
Grief: Finding Hope in Sorrow. Fanucci, Laura Kelly. Liturgical Press, 2018.
This 3 session bible study for adults includes questions for group discussion. Loss comes to each of us, without fail. Scripture can serve as a companion to us in the grief we bear and ultimately in our surrender to our compassionate God. Through this set of insightful reflections on the stories of Ruth and Naomi, the death and raising of Jesus' friend Lazarus, and the promise of a new heaven and earth, Laura Kelly Fanucci invites us to a deepening experience of God's healing presence in our lives.
Send My Roots Rain: A Companion on the Grief Journey. Langley, Kim. Paraclete Press, 2019.
Langley offers comfort and encouragement to those struggling with recent loss or grief, helping them find language for complex emotions, and open their hearts through poetry. Send My Roots Rain is a companion full of stories—sometimes wry and funny, always observant and accepting—for letting grief unfold and teach us. Langley has carefully selected 60 poems and arranged them in a meaningful arc, beginning with the shock of early grief, leading through a sensitive exploration of a new inner space. She introduces each section, encouraging the ongoing embrace of the healing power of poems, writing, and entry into the grieving process. Each poem is followed by a brief meditation and quotation, with questions for contemplation, journaling, or group discussion
For Children in Grief:
by Caron Levis & Charles Santoso
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016
Inspired by a real pair of polar bears (Gus & Ida) in the Central Park Zoo in New York City, this book can help when a loved one receives a terminal diagnosis.
The Virtue of Resilience.
by James D. Whitehead and Evelyn Eaton Whitehead.
Orbis Books, 2016.
After introducing the concept and the "three Rs of resilience" (recruiting, reframing, resolving) the Whiteheads explore the personal, social, and civic aspects of resilience. They offer examples through stories of individuals (like Rep Gabby Giffords) and even cities (Boston after the Marathon bombing) exploring the emotional, spiritual, and relational bases for recovery and renewal. For all those who work with and counsel people and communities, as well as individuals seeking a better understanding of the resources available to us in times of dislocation and despair The Virtue of Resilience offers much practical advice and inspiration for the struggles we face in our journeys through life.
The Twelve Steps Meet the Gospel: Reflections on Scripture and Stories of Hope for Those in Recovery.
by Dick Rice and Trish Vanni.
Twenty-Third Publications, 2017.
Church basements have long been the home of twelve-step recovery groups. Sharing coffee and conversation, real recovery begins. This book, a remarkably fresh and unique take on the Scriptures, shows what could happen if that deeply spiritual sharing moved upstairs, into the body of the church. The authors, both in recovery themselves, bring their experience, strength, and hope to their reflections on Scripture. Organized loosely around the seasons of the liturgical year, their interpretations shed fresh light and power on stories we've heard many, many times. Their distinctive viewpoint will strike responsive chords with anyone who has ever felt out of place, out of step in today's world.
Stripped: At the Intersection of Cancer, Culture, and Christ.
by Heather King
Loyola Press, 2015.
A heartfelt expression of profound Catholic faith in the face of a cancer diagnosis. It chronicles King’s informed decision not to blindly declare “war on her cancer” but to carefully examine all the medical evidence available and to choose to bring God into her decision making. The book demonstrates how King’s medical and spiritual journey led her to a place of freedom in Christ, where she could make an informed and faith-filled decision about her course of treatment and ultimately, accept her vulnerability. King learned, as we all must, that healing means so much more than simply “getting well."
Keeping Hope: A Resource for Families and Friends of the Incarcerated. Karen Henning Heuberger, Ron Zelinger. Visual Dynamics, 2014.
Keeping Hope, A Resource for Families and Friends of the Incarcerated (Karen Heuberger and Ron Zeilinger) has content based on actual interviews with spouses, family members, friends, prison ministers, and the incarcerated. This book offers interactive reflections that help the reader to probe his or her own feelings and fears. It offers insight and shares the wisdom of those who have experienced the incarceration of a loved one.
How to talk to children about the news
by Patricia Fosarelli
Children who don’t yet have the life experience to know how to interpret and deal with these troubling and frightening stories. This book gives parents and catechists excellent guidance on how to address these news reports, offering ways to help the...
Published:New London, CT : Twenty Third Publications, 2019.
Format:23 p. ; 22 cm.
Series:What parents and teachers need to know