'Loss is difficult at any time of life. It can be particularly difficult for teenagers, who are still navigating their way, sometimes clumsily, toward adulthood. They know they need help, but are sometimes reluctant to ask for it. And often, because of their youth, their loss may be the first death they have ever known.'
For a year, a reporter from the Cincinnati Enquirer sat in on meetings of a grief group at Archbishop Moeller high school, for boys who had lost a parent... and learned The Rules of Grieving
"Older parenthood will upend
American society." "Is waiting to have kids a big mistake
?" "Why do women believe they can delay children
for so long?" "Older men are more likely than young ones to father a child who develops autism or schizophrenia, because of random mutations
that become more numerous with advancing paternal age."
"Premature babies born at the edge of viability force us to debate the most difficult questions in medicine and in life. After just 23 weeks of pregnancy, Kelley Benham found herself in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with a daughter born so early neonatologist doctors would call her a "micro preemie." New technologies can sometimes keep micro preemies alive, but many end up disabled, some catastrophically so. Whether to provide care to these infants is one of the fundamental controversies in neonatology. This is the story of how Benham and her husband, Tom French, made the difficult choice: Fight for the life of their micro preemie baby or let her go?
" [more inside]
Not satisfied with merely screwing up their kids
, helicopter parents
are swooping in, kicking ass and taking names. Having defeated such scourges as stickball
and the dreaded interwebz
, they have turned their sights elsewhere.
The next front in the War on Childhood? The Best Friend
Deep Grief: Creating Meaning From Mourning (Article from NPR.)
How some parents have channeled their grief over the loss of their children into memorial efforts that provide for others. [more inside]