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     In this issue, as we greet the change from summer into autumn, we'll look at how we can support our children through loss and grief. And as always, while we are learning more about how to guide them, we just might discover a thing or two about how to help ourselves through transitions.
In This Issue
Navigating Childhood Grief
Children And Pet Loss
Where Are They Now?
H1N1: Information & Prevention
Grandparents' Corner
Navigating Childhood Grief

sad child     As parents and caregivers, our first instinct is to protect our children from pain and loss. When it comes to the loss of a loved one, there is no way to get around the grief. It's only through grief that we come to acceptance. A child's developmental stage is the key to how we can help guide them through the process. Some factors that will influence a child's experience and behavior are:
  • Their primary caregiver's response.
  • Their understanding of what death means.
  • Their age and ability to communicate/express themselves.
  • The respect given their choices regarding participation in the funeral/farewell.
     For more information, read this article on grief in early childhood and adolescence, view this chart for how you can help young people to cope and read about how to support a grieving person.

Click here for some recommended books and support.

Losing a Pet in Childhood

dog     Every family has to deal with life's challenges in ways that reflect their own beliefs and values. The following article by Teri Sue Wright, DVM, '06, brings you some perspectives and ideas on ways to deal with the death of a pet.
  •      Sharing pet loss with children can be an extraordinary opportunity. How we react is how they will learn to react, as we are their greatest teachers through experience... Read full article.
     While some families  don't want to intervene in the process of their pet's death, others may want to understand more about "putting down" or euthanising their pet.
Thanks so much to Teri Sue for her thoughtful article
and wealth of resource materials.

Where Are They Now?
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Share life-changing events so we can
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Join us as we are honor changes in the life of Birth To Three's Co-founder and
Executive Director.

Jayda Marie, granddaughter of Minalee Saks, '77
welcomed by Ari and Amanda Puhn, '09
minalee and richard

Richard Levy and Minalee
celebrated at their August wedding reception.

Coming Soon!
In honor of those who have gone before, we will soon unveil the
WALL OF MEMORY. This is a set of web-pages dedicated to celebration and memory, a special place to share and remember our loved ones that have passed on, through pictures, poetry, story and art. Please, give some thought to how you might like to participate and watch for the opportunity in an upcoming issue of Alumni News.

Tell us your story.
Write to: Where Are They Now?
H1N1: Be Informed & Prepared
Click here for information and prevention tips.

Grandparents' Corner

Links, Tips and Information  for Grandparents.

Helping Grandchildren Deal With Grief

"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." 

~Kahlil Gibran

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Looking Ahead

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Message From The Editor
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Once, I was with a young mother who had just learned of the death of her child's father. She knelt down by her child, pointed to the night sky and said, "Sweetheart, pick a star to be daddy's star. That will be the star that always listens to you. The one you can say, 'Goodnight' to. Your daddy will be there every night, watching over you."

Such a gentle beginning to so great a change in this little one's life.

Maria Westerhoff  
 Editor/Alumni Liaison
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