"As activities or writing projects come up, gift-making for parents around these days, we can help prepare our children for what is the language you want to share. And even help a child come to an understanding that, yep, you've still got a mom, your mom's not walking on the earth, that her body has stopped working. She died. And it's okay to honor that she's your mom, and what she looked like, and how darn much she loved you, and that she really liked Skittles and daisies and whatever it might be, that you all used to sing this one song together. It's okay to still call her your mom and it's okay that you cry when those activities come up and it's okay to make her a card, and it's okay to include her in pictures where you're drawing a family picture. In the same way any of us claim relationships, you can still claiming these relationships. It's still your relationship."
- Dr. Tina Barrett
I had such a great discussion with Dr. Tina Barrett of Montana’s Tamarack Grief Resource Center for this episode. Tina is a nationally recognized specialist in outdoor-based grief support programs. She co-founded Tamarack, and has run grief programs and camps for over 20 years. With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day right around the corner, I invited Tina to speak with us about ideas for approaching these holidays, and so much more. We talked about:
I hope you enjoy my discussion with Dr. Tina Barrett.