How to Help Children Cope and Heal While Grieving the Loss of a Loved One

“Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck…we should just be thankful for being together.”  –Marcie

Do you remember that line? In the 1973 special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown wants to create a special Thanksgiving dinner for his friends and enlists the help of Snoopy and Woodstock to cook the meal. As a child, I loved to watch Snoopy and Woodstock ceremoniously prepare the toast, popcorn and jellybean Thanksgiving dinner.  How awesome was that?!  But of course, the gang is not too happy about it and Marcie has to use her persuasive powers to save the holiday for Charlie Brown.  As in amazing Charles M. Schultz fashion, Marcie’s quote above is 100% kid and 100% true. It is a simple and powerful statement, which speaks volumes about the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

At Professor Child, we are grateful for so many things this Thanksgiving.  We are grateful for our loving families and friends, for our health, and a thriving business that allows us to express our creativity while empowering children. We have now had the pleasure of filming four films and have worked with numerous children and young adults.  With all that said, we continue to be impressed with a child’s ability to share their story in a voice that is honest, heartfelt and profound, just like Marcie.

One of the films we are currently working on is Children and Grief. It feels so “right” that this should be the second film we release. The idea for Professor Child was born from Jenni’s futile search to provide her niece with a loving and healing message about grief after the passing of her nephew, Gabriel.  We recently had the pleasure of viewing the trailer for Children and Grief, which gave us just a taste of how beautiful, moving and healing this film is going to be.

In Children and Grief, ten brave children come together to share their stories of losing a loved one.  We hear about their grief and loss.  We also get to hear how they are coping and healing.  Their advice for other children who have lost a loved one is honest, sincere and heartfelt.  These children have experienced a life-changing event that many of us cannot even fathom, yet they manage to share their stories with a sense of  strength and resiliency.  As you watch the film, you will walk their walk with them and come out the other side with a sense of hope and an understanding that you are not alone in experiencing death.

One of the questions we asked the participants of Children and Grief is, “What does grief mean to you?” My favorite answer came from a 13-year-old boy who said, “Grief means… every emotion.”  His definition of grief is so simple, so honest, and so profound.  I have a feeling Marcie would be proud.

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