Handling Grief and Loss

Feelings of loss and grief are not limited to the death of a loved one. Any significant personal loss can result in grief. We experience a sense of loss and grief when a relationship ends. This might include the end of a close friendship or romantic relationship. Major life transitions, such as moving to a new town, can also trigger grief. Traumatic events such as a natural disaster or major accident may also result in grief and loss.

Tips for Taking Care of Yourself: Self-Care Practices


Have you heard the saying, “You can’t pour from an empty cup”? Many of us put our needs on the back burner and use our energy doing for others. But taking care of ourselves is what allows us to care for our families, friends, and neighbors.

Talking about Death with Children and Adolescents

Death is a natural experience that everyone faces at some point in their lives, yet many adults find it difficult to discuss death with children. Despite its difficulty, even the youngest of children sense that something is not normal when death occurs, and it is important to help prepare children for experiences with death. Parents, educators, and caregivers can learn to approach this conversation on an appropriate developmental level and in a nonthreatening way with children of all ages.

COVID-19 Resources for Families 

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During these unprecedented times, many families are being asked to stay at home as much as possible and to practice social distancing. For families with children, quarantining together at home may create new opportunities and present new challenges as everyone adjusts to new schedules and rapidly changing news. The TIPPS Family and Child Development specialists have compiled resources on this page that may be helpful to Mississippi families who are quarantining with children.