TEENS, Dealing with Death & Grief – Teen Apocalypto Ep.7

A Classmate, Kobe Bryant, the Saugus High School shooting – Now COVID-19

This episode is preceded by a quick conversation with Kiersten and Stacy amid the current COVID-19 crisis. Many topics in the episode were the precursors before the pandemic hit but the words of our special guest Jessica Ritchie are words of wisdom that could benefit many of our listeners today. Please be safe, be healthy and know you are not alone. We are with you.

With death comes grief but how do you help your teen through it? How do you deal with it?

Scarlett and Connor bring an honest and empathetic look at how today’s run of tragedies affect our youth. This episode touches on a heavy topic but one that is present in the teen world. With the increase in school shootings and news of unexpected deaths in the media, many parents wonder how to talk to kids about the subject of death and how to handle the feelings of confusion that arise.   We have special guest Jessica Ritchie, an inpatient social worker and therapist from Blythedale Children’s Hospital, joining us to share her wisdom and insight in how to cope with the difficulties that arise with death and grief.


National Alliance for Grieving Children https://childrengrieve.org  

Voicing my Choices – advanced directive packets for kids, teens, and adults www.fivewishes.org  

Crisis Text Line – 741741 – from anywhere in the US https://www.crisistextline.org  

The Dougy Center – National Center for Grieving Children and Families https://www.dougy.org/  

Camp Erin – largest national bereavement program for youth (ages 6-17) grieving the death of a significant person https://elunanetwork.org/camps-programs/camp-erin   

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/   Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline  

Lastly, there is a FABULOUS book by Atul Gawande (surgeon, writer, public health researcher) called “Being Mortal”

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