Grief is a natural byproduct of loss. It has been nearly 22 years since Prince Harry lost his mother at 12-years-old. Prince Harry has only recently opened up about his mental wellbeing to the general public. In a recent interview he explained that “My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help?” Prince Harry's candid admissions of his mental health struggles and journey with grief comes as he campaigns to end the taboo on mental health issues and establishing it as an equal counterpart to other illnesses. The Heads Together Foundation, a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, aims to destigmatize and alter the conversation on grief and mental health issues. During a recent visit to Empire Fighting Chance in Bristol, England, Prince Harry asked everyone to clear the room so he could talk privately with a boy who lost his father. "The same thing happened to me," he told the boy. Though experiencing a death can be a life-changing event for anyone, childhood and adolescence are crucial periods of development. At The Children's Room we strive to create safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen, or family has to grieve alone. Our services aim to normalize the grieving process, while preserving the understanding that grief doesn't look the same for everyone, every loss is different. TCR's Clinical Director, Nancy Frumer Styron, JD, PsyD, shares “It is amazing to see a new family come through the doors of The Children’s Room for the first time, nervous and unsure, and be warmly welcomed by those who have been here for awhile. By the end [...]
Kota Press has a blogpost with ideas of how to incorporate your loved one into the holidays. Most of her ideas came from parents who had a child die, but their application is universal. Here are a couple of ideas: For those celebrating Christmas, creating ornaments in memory of someone and then giving those ornaments to family and friends is a great idea. The time spent making the ornaments is a time spent thinking about how you loved them at the same time you are doing something creative which is a stress reliever. Sometimes making time to do something active is a stress reliever. You don't have to be too crafty to make it work. One special idea, which I know a couple of people use, is to have a tiny angel paper puncher and to punch a little angel in every card sent. Subtle and, yet, wonderful. Kara writes that she is "inspired and comforted" by the ideas. Hopefully you will be, too. Visit her blog for more info and other great reads. See a previous post on other strategies.