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Family Time Movie Theater: Dealing with Death

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

Death doesn’t get addressed in American society.  Consequently, we have little help in dealing with the grief that comes from the death of someone you love.  This leaves parents with the task of finding ways to help their kids to have an understanding of death and, as importantly, about the importance of grief and grieving. Here is a list of …

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Family Time Movie Theater: Suicide and Suicide Attempts

In The Blog by Dr James Wellborn

When it comes to family movie time don’t shy away from films that have serious issues like those that have suicide or suicide attempts in the story line.  Watch them WITH your kid so you can talk about the issues involved and find out what they think (and how they feel) about stress, disappointment and despair.  Most will be somewhat …

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Helping Your Kid Comfort A Grieving Friend

In There's a Stranger in My House by Dr James Wellborn

Teenager’s, as we all know, think they are invincible.  Most of them also have a hard time making sense of events and situations that require a perspective greater than “what am I doing this weekend.”  This makes supporting a friend who has suffered a death in the family particularly difficult (“What do I say — and what do I NOT …

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Helping Your Middle School Kid Grieve When A Teacher Dies

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Jim Benton, a teacher at Grassland Middle School in Franklin, Tennessee, died unexpectedly of an undiagnosed medical condition while on a field trip with some of his students.  Here are a couple of things to consider in helping your kid understand and deal with death when it comes to a teacher they and their friends knew in a setting like …