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When Families Grieve — Helping Kids Cope with Death

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Approximately 2.5 million children under the age of 18 have experienced the death of a parent. Furthermore, according to the Defense Department, in our recent time of war, “more than 12,000 military children have experienced the death of a parent.”

How can we help these grieving children? To help respond to this increasing need, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street has launched When Families Grieve:

“Sesame Workshop has always been at the forefront of creating resources for families with young children to help address some of life’s most difficult issues.” said Gary E. Knell, President and CEO of Sesame Workshop. “When Families Grieve is Sesame Workshop’s contribution to all those who face the daunting challenge of helping a child cope and heal from the painful reality of a death of a loved one. We are honored by the families who share their very personal stories so others can learn and benefit from their journeys.”

When Families Grieve premiered as a one hour television special on PBS on April 14. Here’s the ‘exclusive preview’:

Click here to learn more about When Families Grieve.

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Written by traumalines

April 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm

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