Helpful Links

Grieving

Children and Grieving
www.athealth.com/grief-and-loss/
This short, informative article gives a great overview of children and grief.

National Center for Grieving Children and Families
www.dougy.org

The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share experiences. At the home page click the “join support group” button to find a program in your area.

National Alliance for Grieving Children
www.childrengrieve.org
The National Alliance for Grieving Children’s Annual Symposium was organized and launched in June 1997 by Mary Ann Emswiler (co-author of Guiding Your Child through Grief) and the New England Center for Loss and Transition.

Center for Loss & Life Transition
www.centerforloss.com
Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s site offers support to those who are grieving and those who want to help.

Stepfamilies

National Stepfamily Resource Center 
www.stepfamilies.info
A vast resource for stepfamilies. The National Stepfamily Resource Center (NSRC) serves as a clearinghouse of information for stepfamilies. It links family science research on stepfamilies and best practices in work with couples and children in stepfamilies.

Mama J’s Parenting Posts
www.dianefromme.com/blog/
Check this award-winning blog for the author’s insights and experts’ advice about parenting and stepfamily life. Mama J’s is one of Remarriage Work’s Top 10 Remarriage and Stepfamily Blogs, as awarded in 2010.

Smart Stepfamilies
www.smartstepfamilies.com
Author Ron Deal’s site supports Christian stepfamilies and offers an online newsletter subscription. Ron is a pastor with a heart for stepfamily ministry, and has recently partnered with FamilyLife to offer stepfamily-specific marriage education: familylifeblended.com

Carri and Gordon Taylor
www.cgtaylor.com
The Taylors started their stepfamily journey in 1986. He brought three boys, she brought two girls, and together they raised her oldest biological granddaughter from birth (1991). The Taylors speak nationally on relationship issues including stepfamily development. Check out their products:  1) An eight-part Series with Study Guides designed to tackle the challenges of bringing the pieces of two broken families together. www.DesigningDynamicStepfamilies.com 2) Seven-part Series with Study Guide is about the tough truth of divorce for the children: www.ChildrensToughTruth.com

Stepmom Magazine
www.stepmommag.com
“…because even when it’s good, it’s complicated!” according to this online publication. Stepfamily experts contribute a wide range of articles that help readers understand why stepfamilies are different and what to do about it.