CARES Programs & Resources

CARES Program, Julie Hall, MBA, MS LMFT

Explore ways to navigate grief. Learn practical ways you and your child can manage anxiety and fear. Discuss the importance of self-care. A recording of this program can be viewed here.

VIDEO: How to Support Your Kids and Yourself When Dealing with Difficult Topics

CARES Program, Tracey Masella, LCSW and Frank Bartolomeo, PhD

Tips and a guided discussion on supporting yourself and your kids when dealing with difficult topics. A recording of this program can be viewed here.

Additional Resources

Child Mind Institute

In the wake of a traumatic event, your comfort, support and reassurance can make children feel safe, help them manage their fears, guide them through their grief, and help them recover in a healthy way.

Child Mind Institute

The year after a loved one has died is especially hard. The first Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day or special event like a graduation can make kids feel sad. You may think the best idea is to skip the celebration. But skipping it can sometimes make kids feel even worse. Thinking and planning ahead can make these hard days easier and even bring some joy to them.

American Psychological Association

Children’s lives are touched by trauma on a regular basis, no matter how much parents or teachers try to keep the “bad things” away. Instead of shielding children from the dangers, violence or tragedies around us, adults should talk to kids about what is happening. The conversation may not seem easy, but taking a proactive stance, discussing difficult events in age-appropriate language can help a child feel safer and more secure.

The Dougy Center - The National Center for Grieving Children and Families

When someone dies, it can feel like you’re alone in your grief. At Dougy Center, you will find support, resources, and connection before and after a death

The Dougy Center, National Alliance for Children's Grief

The Dougy Center and the National Alliance for Children’s Grief answer your frequently asked questions about grief and loss.

The Dougy Center

Grief is confusing, both for those grieving and for those who care about them. It can feel awkward, scary, uncomfortable, confusing, and surreal. Just as you might not know what to do or say, people who are grieving often aren’t sure what they need

National Alliance for Grieving Children

If you are raising or caring for a child or teen who has experienced a death, you may wonder how to share this news with them. It is perfectly natural to feel nervous or even fearful of talking with a child about this emotional topic!

The Dougy Center

If you know a child who has experienced a death, you might be wondering, “How can I help?” Here are a few basic principles to keep in mind.

The Dougy Center

If you know a teen who has experienced a death, you might be wondering, “How can I help?” Your willingness to listen to their concerns and questions, as well as be present with their thoughts and feelings, creates a foundation of safety, trust, and support.