• Grief and Loss

    What is grief?
    Grief is the normal response of sorrow, emotion, and confusion that comes from losing someone or something important to you. It is a natural part of life. Grief is a typical reaction to death, divorce, job loss, a move away from family and friends, or loss of good health due to illness. -Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (Pub ID. KEN01-0104)

    Grieving can last a lifetime but should not consume a life.
    Children never “get over” a major loss such as the death of a close family member or friend. Children grieve in stages and over many years. At each new stage in their lives, such as when they graduate from school, get married, have their own children or reach the age when a parent died, they will have new skills in thinking and relating to others. They will use these skills to reach a more satisfying explanation of this death and a better appreciation of the impact it has had on them and those they care about. In many ways, the work of making meaning from a death never ends. But, over time, this work becomes less difficult and takes less energy. It may start as a full-time job. Later, it becomes more of a part-time effort that allows other meaningful work and experiences to occur. With this, satisfaction and joy become a larger part of your children’s lives. -New York Life Foundation


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    LaKisha Johnson, LCSW, M.A. Ed, PPSC
    E: lakisha.bridgewater@lausd.net

    333 S. Beaudry Ave. 29th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90017


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