The Transfer of Life

The National Alliance for Grieving Children blog explains how much the children teach us, the adults, how to handle grief.  They are wonderful role models for us who feel uncomfortable and inadequate in trying to “take care” of their grief.  The children are the only ones who find the way of how to walk their grief journey.  It is up to the rest of us to give them the space and listening ear to do it.

Outside the safe walls of The Warm Place where I volunteer as a grief support facilitator, I am confronted with the reality that it isn’t easy to write about the day my father died.  I am an open book when it comes to expressing my loss with children. I never miss an opportunity to expose my heart, my pain and my triumph over grief with them because I believe I’ve been spiritually appointed to be instrumental in their recovery process. When we are in our bi-weekly group, I look into their eyes and I am transparent, open and loving.  I am free to give them everything I have to protect and keep them safe as they embark upon the unknown now that their parent is gone. There is nothing more rewarding to me than to transfer the love I discovered through my loss to young souls struggling to find a way to move on, be normal and to learn to live without their mom or dad.

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About Dawn Rehrauer

Dawn is a Bereavement Counselor, and co-founder of Grief Relief, at Agnesian HealthCare. She has been working in this area for five years. She is passionate about helping those that have lost a significant person in their lives through their grieving process. Dawn can be reached by emailing

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