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Parenting after the loss of a child



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May 14, 2012 — Picking up the pieces after the death of a child can feel like an impossible experience for parents. Forming a new sense of what it means to be family takes time, but that’s hard to do while having to address the needs of surviving children. Dr. Dan Gottlieb explores what it means to parent after the loss of a child. Dan’s guests include Kathleen O’Hara and Jennifer Scalise.

Kathleen O’Hara is a psychotherapist who specializes in Traumatic Grief counseling and Victim’s Rights advocacy. A survivor of a family homicide herself, Kathleen O’Hara has become recognized as an important voice in the field of trauma-informed care. Jennifer Scalise is the author of “Mother’s Journey of Love, Loss & Life Beyond.” An ATV accident claimed the life of her daughter Brooke.

Photo by Flickr user Brian Leon. Part of the photo essay showing the grief of the loss of his son Nicholas Kennedy Leon.

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