Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Grief and loss due to the death of a loved one are hard to experience, and many want to protect children from these emotions by telling them their loved ones have “fallen asleep” or “Jesus took them.” In today’s episode Fr. Chris speaks with Maria Scaros Mercado, a licensed creative arts psychotherapist and board certified clinical chaplain and pastoral counselor, who reveals the importance of allowing children to grieve and to grieve with you.
We also speak with Tiffany Papageorge about her new book My Yellow Balloon, which navigates children through the experience of love, loss, grief, and finding peace. Tiffany shares how her award-winning book developed over 30 years to capture a sweet message that grief will pass and that the heavy feeling of loss will lift with time. Illustrated by Erwin Madrid, this book belongs in every church library and on every grief counselor’s bookshelf. You can order a copy in the OCN webstore here.
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