Operation Carry the Flame offers scholarships for the course, Navigating Children's Grief to those serving veteran & active-duty military families.
Click here for more information about the scholarships.
If you are visiting the Children's Grief Education Association website because your loved one in the military died or sustained a significant injury, the "Children & Grief" selection on the main menu of this page will be helpful to you. Also visit the Parent's Page in the "Children & Grief Section".
When a parent dies in service to others, whether it be serving one's country, a community or an individual, people have a tendency to tell children they should feel proud. Certainly there is reason to be proud of a loved one who puts his or her life on the line for others! At first, however, intense feelings of pain, and possibly anger, will need to be expressed and supported. Encourage others to avoid telling you or your child how you "should" feel. You will find information on this website to help you help your child with grief and loss.
Children of military families are faced with the challenges of deployment, media coverage of a parent's job, a parent's long work hours and awareness of the risk of injury or death. The media coverage and nature of the work of military personnel contribute to a "high-death" awareness for their children and families. This creates stress for military families that requires communication and work to ease, especially during deployment to a combat zone.
The "Anticipatory Grief" link (below) gives some helpful suggestions for various circumstances in which there is concern that a loved one may die.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors is a support service for armed services families. Click Here to go to the site for more information.
If you are experiencing a crisis, CALL:
1 (800) 273-TALK
1 (800) 273-8255
or your base mental health facility or emergency room