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My Son's Mean-Spirited Grandmother May Be Preventing Him From Grieving His Father's Death

Dear AdviceMama, My 9-year-old son lost his father last March in a motorcycle accident. His paternal grandmother filed for custody of him just hours after they turned off his father's life support. I have kept custody, but my son has...
It is clear that what your son needs and deserves is to have the unified support of his loved ones to help him through his grief.

Opinion: Culture of Isolation Leaves Grievers at a Loss

Losing a parent or sibling is perhaps the most traumatic experience a child can have, and new research shows that more Americans than previously thought cope with the death of a close loved one during childhood. A study released by Comfort Zone ...

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...

Twitter Offers Grieving Parents Solace and Solidarity

Research asserting that social-media platforms erode our moral values was roundly proven wrong last week, after thousands of Twitter members rallied around two mothers whose children unexpectedly passed away. Heather Spohr of Los Angeles and Sha...

Helping Tweens Cope With the Death of a Parent

The deep grief of losing a beloved parent is difficult at any age, but it can be especially traumatic for tweens, whose personal identities are just beginning form, and who -- even if they deny it -- still desperately need their moms and dads. Whe...

Julia Hudson speaks about son via MySpace

As we all know too well by now, actress and singer Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew were taken from her and her sister, Julia, in what is sure to be one of the biggest tragedies in Hollywood and America. Even more alarming than the mur...

Grief during the holidays

This holiday season marks a year since my son lost his father. He passed away two weeks before Christmas 2006. I have been watching for signs of grief in my son, but he has not shown any so far. I am torn between mentioning things to him to encourage...

Denise Richards loses her mother to cancer

I am not a big fan of Denise Richards and her very public mudslinging with her ex, Charlie Sheen. But perhaps her lashing out has something to do with the stress she's been under while her mother battled cancer. Sadly, her mother Joni lost that battl...

Introducing Death, part II

That was hard. We talked to the kids last night about my brother-in-law's mother-in-law. I'm not sure Sara really got it, but Jared did. He asked some questions, including if I was going to die (yes, someday, but probably not for a long time), why do...

Reading about death: Always and Forever

In Always and Forever, Alan Durant has presented death realistically and then provided examples of coping with it. The story centers around a family of four forest animals -- Fox, Mole, Otter, and Hare -- who live together in a house in the woods. On...

Ann Adams loses her daughter Carol to cancer

Ann Adams has been around ParentDish probably longer than I have, which is nearly two years. So, I don't think her name in the title needed a whole lot of explanation. I wrote here in December that Ann's daughter Carol had been diagnosed with termina...

Three generations: Can you ever really go home?

For those of us who are grown adults and have moved home with our parents, we know it is sometimes a delicate balance of retaining our sanity while attempting to blend back into our childhood homes. Whether we have lived out in the real world for one...

Three generations under one red roof

How is it that a woman finds herself in her mid-thirties, divorced with three children and living in her mother's house? It is a question I ask myself nearly everyday, for I am just that woman. I have officially hit my mid-thirties, or to be complete...

Our tears go out to Tertia of So Close

Many of our readers read Tertia Albertyn's blog So Close. Tertia's raw and honest writing about her struggles with infertility, her miscarriages, the babies Ben and Luke whom she has lost, and then the joyous birth of her twins, Adam and Kate, has sy...

When are the kids old enough to help you put down a pet?

My husband and I have been anxiously watching one of our oldest cats in the past three weeks. Bushy has been through a lot: he lost an ear about a year and a half ago to cancer. He has had long hair and mats galore. He has a penchant for waking us up...

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