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How Children Grieve When A Family Pet Dies (Part 2)

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Be Open and Honest About A Pet’s Death
Having four children, ages 8, 10, 12 and 14, I wanted to make sure that I handled the death of this pet with the dignity and respect that tangerine deserved. Along with giving each child the opportunity to grieve in their own way.

He died at 10 o’clock in the evening. I shut the door to my room, and I cleaned up Tangerine. To make a casket I placed him in a white banker’s filing box on a nice towel almost as if I was preparing him for a wake/viewing.  When, in fact, that was what I was planning.  I was covering half his body, only showing his shoulders, arm and his head with his eyes closed. I brushed his mane orange and white fur coat. Tangerine looked beautiful, majestic, and at rest in peace.

World Mental Health Day: Mental Health and Older Adults

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

t2013 Mental Health Humor Depression is common in old age balloons Chato Stewart cartoon

Depression is common in old age balloons

World Mental Health Day: Depression
I blog for World Mental Health DayEvery year on the 10th of October,* The World Health Organization joins in celebrating World Mental Health Day.  Here at Psych Central we are (as a network) participating our 3rd Annual World Mental Health Day .  This year World Mental Health Day: Mental Health and Older Adults.

In my Mental Health Humor Cartoon, I tackle psychological disorders of depression and fear of balloons in older adults.  First here are the facts:

“Depression is common in old age. According to the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) 2010 data, the Disability

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