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Family Looking Up

May 1, 2018

This week we had a great conversation with Carrie Moore.  Carrie spent 25 years as a journalist and editor at The Deseret News in Salt Lake City winning national, regional, state and local reporting awards from a variety of media organizations. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University since 2005 teaching media writing, and recently spent five years in the healthcare field working in pastoral patient care as a board certified chaplain.  She serves as executive director of The Bradley Center for Grieving Children and Families, a local non-profit organization. This week we get to talk to Carrie about the process of grieving, how we can help our children through the grieving process, and how to help others who are grieving. Here is what we discussed this week.


  1. Carrie Moore’s background and the story behind the beginnings of the Bradley Center.
  2. The purpose of the Bradley Center.
  3. The benefit of talking through grief.
  4. Events that lead to the formation of the Bradley Center.
  5. The need for connection when going through grief.
  6. How to help children get through the fear of talking about death.
  7. The danger of isolation when grieving.
  8. How to talk to kids about grief.
  9. The value of a belief system when talking about death.
  10. Death and grieving are normal.
  11. Grief is a process, not an event.
  12. Why it’s important for parents to grieve in front of their children.
  13. People react differently to events even in the same family.
  14. How perceptions affect the way children grieve.
  15. How to grieve in front of your children without scaring them.
  16.  Principles to help kids deal with grief of all kinds.
  17. How to maintain connection to the deceased family member.
  18. What to do when you have children who don’t want to talk through their grief.
  19. Grief takes time.
  20. Grief can cause a physiological response.
  21. Things we can do to help others when they are grieving
  22. How to turn grief into hope.


Mom Squad Challenge:  Call someone you haven’t talked to in a long time and invite them to lunch.



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