Mother's Day can trigger grief

May 7, 2011 at 9:35 PM

PITTSBURGH, May 7 (UPI) -- Many things can trigger a return to grief, such as Mother's Day for those who have lost their mothers, a U.S. grief expert says.

Terese Vorsheck, director of the Caring Place, says on Mother's Day and year-round, the facility has resources available to children experiencing this holiday after their mother's death.

The Highmark Caring Place: A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families, is dedicated to helping grieving children and families -- whether it's the first holiday without a mother or many years later -- deal with occasions that normally would be celebrations but turn have become a reminder of mom's absence.

"People want to help a grieving child or family after a death, but most don't know the best way of doing so," Vorsheck says in a statement. "'What do I say to the children?' is a question we hear frequently from parents about their children; from school staff who are caring for a grieving child, from mental health, social service and medical personnel; and from concerned friends and family who are trying to help a family in the midst of its grief."

The Web site, highmarkcaringplace.com provides advice on how to help those grieving the death of a loved one, Vorsheck says.

The Caring Place also provides adult telephone support, educational programs and resources for grieving children and families.

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