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Children and Grieving
This short, informative article gives a great overview of children and grief.

National Center for Grieving Children and Families

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
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
Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s site offers support to those who are grieving and those who want to help.

Help for covering grief with substance abuse

EmpowerHER: help with early mother loss
empowerHER, a non profit organization, was founded in 2013 with a very specific MISSION — to empower, support and connect girls of all ages who have experienced the early loss of their mothers.

Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss
Tap into the timeless resources provided by Hope Edelman, a pioneer in the field of help for motherless daughters.

Fatherless Daughters
Tap into these resources for girls (or women) who have lost their fathers.

Without treatment, anxiety can grow into fear. With fear dominant, panic is not far away.


National Stepfamily Resource Center
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
Check this archive of award-winning blog posts, 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
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:

Dr. Patricia Papernow
Psychologist who originated The Stepfamily Cycle, and author of Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships: What Works and What Doesn’t.

Carri and Gordon Taylor
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. 2) Seven-part Series with Study Guide is about the tough truth of divorce for the children:

Stepmom Magazine
“…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.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

International Resources


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