Grief and Trauma

Support Needed for Children Losing Parent at Early Age

A study exploring the impact of early parental death has revealed the long-term damage and suffering that can be experienced by individuals in adult life if appropriate levels of support are not provided at the time of bereavement.

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PTSD Symptoms and Childhood Experience of Violence

New research on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in soldiers challenges popular assumptions about the origins and trajectory of PTSD, providing evidence that traumatic experiences in childhood -- not combat -- may predict which soldiers develo

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Returning to Homelife After Deployment

Returning from deployment can sometimes be stressful and disappointing -- what you can do to make the reunion as joyful and stress-free as possible?

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Tips for Talking with Children About Injury

Communicating with one’s child or children about the war injury of their parent is a difficult, but necessary task. It is natural to want to “protect” children from unpleasant information, but this approach often backfires.

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Writing Clusters

Writing about your experiences in a structured way is cleansing, enriching, renewing and grounding. The following writing exercises provide a way to make transition and let go of the past, by looking for what is RIGHT in the present.

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Clustering

Clustering is used by Kay Adams in "Journal to the Self," page 87, and is described by the author as:  “Clustering is a fun, easy and spontaneous way to efficiently access lots of information quickly.

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Thank You and Goodbye Letter

Write a letter to something painful in your life and acknowledge it as a “teacher.” Thank this teacher, acknowledge what it has taught you and say goodbye to it. This exercise helps us examine our ambivalence toward the issue.

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Stepping Stones

Getting a Perspective About Your Future

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Sleep Deprivation

Nearly 30 million people who have not seen combat suffer from insomnia. Many more vets experience interrupted sleep or cannot go to sleep without drugging or drinking.

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Brave Bart Activity

Required book for this activity: The book “Brave Bart: A Story for Traumatized and Grieving Children” by Caroline H. Sheppard, © 1998

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