I was astonished to hear a highly intelligent boy of ten remark after the sudden death of his father: "I know father’s dead, but what I can’t understand is why he doesn’t come home to supper." — Sigmund Freud, Interpretation of Dreams
Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone. — Fred Rogers
For Next Time
To prepare for the next workshop, read or watch:
- Suicide Prevention, Myths and Facts, Crisis Services, Buffalo, NY.
- Suicide Fact Sheet, National Alliance on Mental Illness.
- The Right to Die with Dignity, UUA General Resolution, 1988.
- A Mother’s “Joyous Goodbye,” Compassion and Choices.
- Optional: "The Suicide Plan," Frontline, PBS, November 13, 2012.
Find Out More
- Explore the many bereavement resources from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, including specific resources for parents of children and teens.
- The Dougy Center, the National Center for Grieving Children and Families, has web-based resources for children and teens as well as their parents.
- Watch "When Families Grieve," featuring the Sesame Street Muppets, PBS, 2010, available at public libraries. A guide for parents and caregivers is also available online.