“…to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”
― J.K. Rowling
As I shared in the first blog post, I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter books. I have been since I was young and I found in them a way to express feelings about the death of my father that I had previously been unable to explain.
We have come to the end of my week with this blog and I am ever so grateful to have been given the opportunity to share my personal and professional experiences with you. I hope you have found them helpful, and I hope they can help a grieving child in your life.
The above quote is by author J.K. Rowling, who wrote the Harry Potter books. It is the one gift I hope to give to all the grieving children I work with, and it is a gift that I am constantly reminded of myself as a grieving child. Even though my father is gone, his love and protection are always with me, wrapping me up like a warm, safe blanket when times are hard.
Before we depart, I would like to leave you with a few resources:
The National Alliance for Grieving Children does great work for bereaved families and has a wonderful database of grief centers around the country that can be found here:
I love nature, as did my father, and I am a firm believer in the healing power that summer camp can have for grieving children. Many local grief centers offer camps, but two national camps are:
and Comfort Zone Camp:
Comfort Zone Camp also runs a wonderful social networking site for bereaved individuals called Hello Grief, I strongly encourage you to sign up and connect here:
I want to thank you again for allowing me to share my experiences with you. I also want to thank Jen for allowing a 23 year old BSW student to take over her blog for a week, especially when I turned in passages late and read The Hunger Games instead of doing research. I am eternally grateful for all the kindness you have given me and all the lessons you have taught me.
From Jennifer: Liz is actually too sweet! She was an incredible part of our kid’s program at hospice and our summer camps. I was reminded in her introduction just how young Liz is. I never thought about it when she worked with us as she was an incredible professional at an early age, volunteering at a sexual abuse shelter in addition to her hospice work — all the while being in college.
I truly believe that people like Liz, who have been there, need to be supported and fostered in our field. Liz has a terrible loss for any child and she has used that loss to help others, develop strength, compassion, and an incredible love of life, and become an amazing adult.
Liz knows what it’s like to be severely affected by grief and live to tell about it. Not only live but thrive. And we don’t have enough people in our field.. social workers, therapists, RNs, doctors, etc. who have truly worked with their grief, befriended it, learned to make it a part of them and use it to create a better world.
I am honored that Liz was able to find the time to do this for us. She knew I had a lot to do, getting ready for my retreat at Upaya Zen Center on Dying and was ready and willing to help me out. I cannot wait to see where she ends up when she gets that LCSW… maybe she’ll remember her old friend and hire me some day!
With deep gratitude and continued friendship Liz,
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