Advice From Experts
Words And Wisdom From A Range Of Perspectives
“For every child, losing mother will be life-changing.
But it doesn’t have to be life-shattering.”
Barbara Bowman, M.A.
Early Childhood Development Expert
Chief of Early Childhood Education, Chicago Public Schools
Co-Founder, Erikson Institute
“If you can do it, make videos, record your voice,
write some letters to your children to open in the future. I so wish I had that, but I just don’t.”
LifeSpeaks Poetry, Founder and Therapist
Lost her mom at age 12
“Children absorb the news as much as they can, and then they go play. They process for a while – then they take a break.”
Mary Lyles, LCSW, PhD
Child Grief Therapist and Christian Counselor
Co-Founder and Director, Child Grief Education Assoc.
“Sometimes younger kids have great wisdom in how to comfort. You don’t want to deny them the opportunity to comfort.”
Rabbi Zoe Klein
Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles
“As far as what your child can handle, you know
your child the best. Even with all that is happening,
you are the mother. Stay confident in your knowledge of your child.”
Father Tom Nydegger, M. Div, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President
Seton Hall University
“ … you cannot hide that you are (sick or) dying from your child. It empowers them to be a part of it, not to be pushed away or left outside the door.”
Nurse & Case Manager
Zen Hospice Project of San Francisco