How can we confront the loss of a child? As parents, it’s hard to contemplate how we’d ever move forward. As siblings, this type of loss can shake us to our core. In this mini-sode, Karen and Liz speak with Adam Rabinovitch, Executive Director of COPE Foundation, about getting help and connecting with others who can really understand -- because they’ve been there too. A content warning: this mini-sode includes a frank discussion around the topic of families losing a child. The conversation may be difficult or inappropriate for some listeners. We hope it will be helpful to those who really need it.
Finding a Healing Community After the Death of a Child
Farewelling co-founders Karen Bussen and Elizabeth Karansky sit down with Adam Rabinovitch, Executive Director of COPE Foundation, a non-profit grief and healing organization dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child.
Adam offers advice on navigating an unimaginable loss, finding strength through community, and why he thinks of grief not in stages, but in waves. He shares a personal story, and tells us how we can be supportive if we know someone who has lost a child or sibling. Liz opens up about her experiences as a funeral director working with families to plan for a child who has died.
The COPE Foundation offers a variety of services and resources to families who’ve lost a child, including Camp Erin, a summer camp and regular schedule of events that bring families together to share, heal, and even celebrate.
Do You Need Help Dealing with Grief after the Loss of a Child?
If you’d like to speak to someone from the COPE Foundation, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 516-832-2673.