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When Children Die First: A Meditation on the Unthinkable

My first reaction to the big news stories last weekend, first the shootings in Norway and then the death of Amy Winehouse, was to feel more sympathy for the slain Utoya kids. They were completely blameless. They had no hand in their own destruction; ...If the universe granted me a single wish, it would be that when I die old, my daughter will yet live.

Opinion: Bin Laden Dies, America Celebrates, a Parent Grapples

This flag was placed at the temporary memorial to United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., today. Credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP Photo My son wants revenge. He thinks Americans should kick and spit on Osama bin Laden's dead body before it i...How to talk to a child about the death of Osama bin Laden?

Maturity Plays Role In Talking to a Child about Death

Death can be hard to discuss with a child. Credit: Getty Images
No matter your religious beliefs, death is a subject that, at some point, a parent will need to discuss with a child. Maturity plays a part in a child's understanding of death, an...
No matter your religious beliefs, death is a subject that, at some point, a parent will need to discuss with a child.

An Ex-Husband's Dying Last Wish

Judah, age 3, and his mom Victoria Rosner. Credit: Victoria Rosner
A man leaves his pregnant wife, only to return when he gets a death sentence, and asks her for the biggest act of love a parent can give. What happened to Victoria Rosner is s...

Death Records

A death record is an official report that lists important information, such as the time, date and cause of death, about an individual. This record also includes the person's date of birth, marital status and occupation. This document is signed by a d...

'The Kids Are All Right' Sibling Authors Say Being Separated Was Worse Than Parents' Death

What's quickly apparent about the four Welch siblings in their powerful new memoir, "The Kids Are All Right," is that these are "kids" in age only. Ages 4 to 16 when their father died in a car crash, Amanda, Liz, Dan and Diana Welch learne...

Natasha Richardson's Death Leaves Moms Mourning

Actress Natasha Richardson's death has left us all stunned. Richardson, 45, suffered a head injury earlier this week while skiing at a resort outside of Montreal. Her family brought her back to New York City on Tuesday, and yesterday announced that s...

Mortality Rates Much Higher for Teen Moms

Teen pregnancy, which folks like to think is a thing of the past, is, in fact, quite the opposite, particularly in developing nations. Turns out, it's also very dangerous, for both mother and child. According to the United Nation's annual children's ...

Death of a Child - How Life Goes On

Some wounds heal over time and some never do. They just stay below the surface until something re-energizes them. That's the way it is with losing a child. The death of Jett Travolta, the son of John Travolta and Kelly Preston, has reopened a lot of ...

Embracing the goth in you (and your teen)

Blame it on The Cure. Blame it on Edward Gory. Whatever you do, though, you can't deny the Goth. The culture, the fashion, hey, the eyeliner. It's alive and well now as it always seems to have been--at least since the late seventies/early eighties...

Funeral etiquette - Take the kids, or leave them home?

My husband's aunt passed away recently, after a long illness. She had lived across the street from us when both of our children were born, and used to send dinner every so often. Her husband would bring the boys Hot Wheels cars and various other toys...

When the family pet dies

Sitting there quietly mourning the passing of our family cat, who'd been put to sleep by a visiting vet an hour before, I knew that the hard part was not yet over. In a few minutes, my husband would pull up with our car full of happy kids, and we'd h...

Talking to children about death

"Where's your grandpa?" my three-year-old asked me one day, looking at a picture of my grandfather, who passed a way a couple of years before she was born. I could see that my five-year-old was looking at me intently. We've had this discussion before...

Harry Potter actor fatally stabbed

I'll admit I haven't kept up on the whole Harry Potter thing -- I made it through the third book and have seen the first two movies, but that's as far as I've gotten -- so I have no idea who Marcus Belby is, really. Apparently, he shows up in book si...

Vaccinations: they're not just for kids!

According to another one of those pesky recent studies, adults in the United States are not getting their vaccinations. Yes, adults are supposed to get vaccinated too--just because we can legally drink doesn't mean we can totally avoid the needle. ...

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