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Aubrey Mennaugh and her best friend Carrie Myers are childhood cancer survivors. Although their friendship began before cancer, it grew stronger as they faced it together.  They still remain very close today.

"Though a life has ended, it won't really end depending how person is celebrated and remembered." Emilio Parga, MA, is the Founder & Executive Director of The Solace Tree in Reno, Nevada, a grief and loss center for children, teens and families.

“Grief is neither a problem to solve nor a difficulty to overcome.  It’s a sacred sorrow worthy of expression.”  These are the words of child grief expert Leslie Delp, who helped a group of parents, teachers, and caregivers understand grief through the eyes of a child at a community forum.

Reiki is "spiritually guided life force energy.”  This Japanese healing technique, which uses a gentle “laying on of hands” to re-balance energy within the body, promotes stress reduction, relaxation, and inner healing.

It’s easy for someone to feel alone after a cancer diagnosis when there are more than 900 different types of cancer, various stages of recovery, countless treatment options and multiple emotional struggles that one might endure.

Amy Goodling, 30 years old, is a seven-and-a-half year ovarian cancer survivor.  But, her fear at the time wasn’t chemotherapy and wasn’t fighting the cancer.  “It was whether I was going to be able to have children,” she said.

Shelly Lipscomb Echeverria, who says that she’s called “Survivor Shel” by her friends, has a unique way that she’s sharing her journey with breast cancer.  She created a series of original paintings that tells the very personal story of her journey. 

“These dogs do just a wonderful thing for kids and families that are here,” says Steve Turner, a volunteer with the Red Cross Animal Assisted Therapy Program.  He and his therapy dog, Tootsie, visit kids and their families at the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey.  He says, “A lot of times they just find the comfort of a dog who will love and listen unconditionally.”

“Being able to accept the gift of Tai Chi and of yoga, and to practice quietness within yourself gives you a tremendous benefit-that is hard to describe, but you do something that helps to change your perspective and your ability to achieve," says Tai Chi instructor, Nathan Spivey.

“I would never take my child to the funeral.  She doesn’t understand anyway.”
“I figure I'll just take the pictures down of Nana for a while.  Being reminded of her will only upset my son more.”
“My teenager doesn’t talk about his dad anymore.  I’m so glad he is over that.”
“I’m afraid I’m gonna say something wrong so I won’t say anything at all."

Can you relate to some of these comments about the way that children grieve?  You’re not alone.

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