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End of Life

End of life planning and loss of a loved one

The holiday season is usually a happy time.  The hustle and bustle bring excitement to adults as well as children.  But not everyone is joyous.  In fact, for those who have lost a loved one since the last holiday or just recently, the holiday season can a period of profound sadness.

Dr. John Kajic is the program manager at Highmark Caring Place, a Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families.  Dr. Kajic shares his thoughts on how children grieve the loss of a loved one in this Radio Smart Talk episode.  He is joined by Nichelle McLamb who lost her mother in March.  She shares her experience with loss and how her young daughter coped with the loss of her grandmother.  the Caring Place played a key role in the healing of their family.

For Jerod Bangert and his mother Abby Shireman, the Highmark Caring Place provided hope and healing after the loss of Jerod’s dad to pancreatic cancer.

Olivia's House is a grief and loss center in York, PA designed to help children cope with the loss of a loved one.  Olivia's House founder and bereavement specialist, Leslie Delp, says that  when a child's family member is facing a terminal diagnosis, there can be some anticipatory grief.  But, one way to prepare and cope when the end is near, is to give what she calls "the gift of goodbye."

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