The Caring Place

Their grief sways between heartbreak and humor.

“Children want healing,” said Krista Ball, child grief specialist with the Highmark Caring Place. “They share their stories with us. They open up and talk to us about what’s going on, and other times we’re just laughing and playing and having fun together. It could be something as simple as a finger painting, but for them, there’s so much meaning.”

American Afterlife: Modern Day Mourning

Sep 8, 2014
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American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning is a provocative book looking at the way Americans mourn. Author Kate Sweeney gives particular emphasis to the ongoing evolution of how we pay tribute to our deceased loved ones, i.e. roadside shrines, memorial tattoos, green burials, etc. 

"Walk Towards the Hurt," to Get Past a Tragedy

Jan 17, 2014
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In the wake of a tragedy, how do we make sense of what’s taken place?

As part of Contemporary Craft’s ENOUGH: Artists Speak Out programming, Professor Steve Gorelick of Hunter College comes to Pittsburgh this Monday to talk about violence in the media, and how it affects our daily lives.

Gorelick has served as a consultant to government agencies during times of crisis, he was part of a research team called to Oslo, Norway after the Anders Behring Breivik bombings and was interviewed by the Huffington Post in the wake of last year's Sandy Hook tragedy.