When Mary’s sister was diagnosed with cancer, she took in her sister’s 3year daughter. What was meant to be a 3 week stay turned into Mary serving as a substitute parent to her niece, as her sister passed away, due to complications from the cancer treatment. Mary journaled about her journey. With her niece’s permission, she wrote the book “I know it in my heart”, the story of a grieving caretaker, trying to understand a grieving child. Mary shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– children teach us how to get through the loss of someone that we love
– grief is about understanding the emptiness
– for those children that are struggling with the loss of a loved one, find the closest center for grieving children
Mary E Plouffe is a clinical psychologist with 35 years of experience as a clinician teacher and consultant. She served on the faculty of the Maine Medical Center psychiatry residency training program, the Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists, and the Collaborative School, and provides consultation to schools and courts. Her essays have been published by NPR, On the issues Magazine, Mothers Always Write,Brain/Child Magazine among others.
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