"One of the things I love to say to children, no matter what their question is, is that is a great question. Thank you for asking that question. Even if my next words are going to be, "I don't know either." And it's okay. It is hard for parents to say "I don't know" sometimes. But if I am constantly saying, wow, what a great question -- I just think it's keeping that door open so that the child knows they can ask me more questions."
~Sasha Mudlaff, Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss
Today we’re going to really focus in on the grief piece of the widowed parenting puzzle. It can be really hard for widowed parents to know how to help their children with their grief, because most of us don’t have much experience, nor any education, in this. And so, I’m really glad to share with you today my discussion with Buffy Peters and Sasha Mudlaff, from Hamilton’s Academy of Grief and Loss in Des Moines, Iowa. Hamilton’s is Iowa’s largest funeral home, and 20 years ago they decided to start providing grief and loss support to their clients and to the broader community as well. And if you’re not in Iowa, not to worry – they have fantastic -- and free -- resources available on their web site. I’ll link to them in the show notes.
I learned so much from talking with Buffy and Sasha. Some topics we covered include:
I hope you enjoy my discussion with Sasha Mudlaff and Buffy Peters.