Nearly 120,000 children in US have lost a primary caregiver to COVID-19: Internal CDC data (ABC News)

ABC News: Nearly 120,000 children in US have lost a primary caregiver to COVID-19: Internal CDC data. “An estimated 119,000 children across the country have lost a primary caregiver due to COVID-19 associated death, and more than 140,000 children experienced the death of a primary or secondary caregiver, defined as co-residing grandparents or kin, according to data in an internal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document obtained exclusively by ABC News.”

Arizona State University: Practical tools from award-winning ASU program made accessible online to parents of bereaved children

Arizona State University: Practical tools from award-winning ASU program made accessible online to parents of bereaved children. “The practical tools that are now available on the new website promote four key aspects of bereaved parenting. The foundation is self-care: parents’ ability to be kind to themselves during this time when they are grieving. The second tool teaches simple activities parents can use to help build stronger bonds with their children. The third involves basic communication tools to help children open up and share more. And the fourth focuses on tools to help parents respond in a way that helps children feel understood.”

University of Michigan: New website answers Michiganders’ questions about expanded Child Tax Credit

University of Michigan: New website answers Michiganders’ questions about expanded Child Tax Credit. I skimmed this site and saw nothing that was Michigan-specific. It looks useful for anyone with questions about this credit. “The first step to receive the tax credit is to file taxes for 2020, and the tax filing deadline is extended to May 17 this year. Parents of children under 18 may be eligible to receive this money, even if they have not previously filed taxes and have low or no earnings. Visit the Child Tax Credit: What You Need to Know website to learn more about eligibility for the expanded tax credit and see answers to frequently asked questions.”

New York Times: Surprise Family Reunion Videos Are Giving Us All the Feels

New York Times: Surprise Family Reunion Videos Are Giving Us All the Feels. “Videos of fully vaccinated people surprising their loved ones are making the rounds on social media. The clips fall somewhere between ‘Candid Camera’ and military homecomings, and show family members spontaneously laughing, crying, hugging and wrapping their heads around the fact that someone they haven’t seen in over a year is there in the flesh.”

CNN: “Staggering” number of children have lost at least one parent to Covid-19, model estimates

CNN: “Staggering” number of children have lost at least one parent to Covid-19, model estimates. “More than a year into the pandemic, children’s lives may be starting to look more normal as an increasing number of people get vaccinated and schools reopen. However, many children in the US are contending with the difficult reality that is irreparable: the loss of a parent from Covid-19. One result of the pandemic may be an ever-growing number of ‘Covid orphans.’”

Teens deal with unimaginable loss after both parents die from COVID-19: “We miss them” (CBS This Morning)

CBS This Morning: Teens deal with unimaginable loss after both parents die from COVID-19: “We miss them”. “Rita Marquez-Mendoza has always been close to her two teenage grandsons, Nathan and Isaiah, but she never imagined that she’d become the closest thing they’d have to a mom or a dad. Her daughter Noehmi died of COVID-19 in July at just 39 years old. Mendoza said she had to say goodbye to her over the phone…. Carlos was the boys’ father, who Rita said she loved as one of her own. Days after Noehmi died, Carlos became sick with COVID-19 as well. He died 15 days later and the boys were orphaned.”

Washington Post: The pandemic helped D.C. slash family homelessness. But a new crisis looms.

Washington Post: The pandemic helped D.C. slash family homelessness. But a new crisis looms.. “Thousands of families who have lost jobs during the pandemic and been unable to pay their rent could end up on the street, analysts say. Thousands more could face an abrupt end to their ‘rapid rehousing’ rent subsidy, meaning they must either dramatically increase monthly payments or lose their newfound stability. And with D.C. revenue shrunken by the lack of tourism, entertainment and sales tax dollars, the city has warned of potential funding cuts next year to nonprofits that offer services to the homeless.”

Washington Post: They’re worried their mom is becoming a conspiracy theorist. She thinks they’re the ones living in a fantasy world.

Washington Post: They’re worried their mom is becoming a conspiracy theorist. She thinks they’re the ones living in a fantasy world.. “In a country where disinformation was spreading like a disease, Celina Knippling resolved to administer facts to her mom like medicine­. She and her four siblings could do nothing about the lies that had spread outward from Washington since Election Day, or the violence it had provoked. But maybe they could do something to stop dangerous political fantasies and extremism from metastasizing within their family. Maybe they could do something about Claire.”

Ubergizmo: Virtual Reality Helped A Husband Meet His Deceased Wife One More Time

Ubergizmo: Virtual Reality Helped A Husband Meet His Deceased Wife One More Time. “In a new documentary on MBC, one of South Korea’s major broadcasting networks, it showed how the use of VR helped a husband meet his deceased wife one more time, where he also got to interact with her through VR and speak to her. According to the man, 51-year old Kim Jung Soo, he had expressed his hopes at seeing his wife again, and this experience allowed him to do just that.” I recommend you do not look at the video accompanying this article unless you’ve got a supply of tissues.

Study: Words should match the pictures when broadcasting social media safety messages (News-Medical)

News-Medical: Study: Words should match the pictures when broadcasting social media safety messages. “When using social media to nudge people toward safe and healthy behaviors, it’s critical to make sure the words match the pictures, according to a new study. After looking at social media posts, parents of young children were better able to recall safety messages such as how to put a baby safely to sleep when the images in the posts aligned with the messages in the text, the researchers found.”

Washington Post: She saved her 7-year-old brother’s life. Then the virus threatened to take it.

Washington Post: She saved her 7-year-old brother’s life. Then the virus threatened to take it.. “Reign Howard knew that her brother, Messiah, 7, needed something called a bone marrow transplant, but she didn’t really understand what that meant. Messiah’s doctor tried to explain it to her as she sat in his office, her hair tied up in Afro puffs and her leopard-print sneakers dangling off the chair. ‘Will it hurt?’ she asked, and he told her that it would, at least for a few days. She could say no if the surgery was too scary, the doctor at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans told her, but Reign didn’t hesitate.” Reign Howard has the heart of a lion and I wish everyone knew her name.

BuzzFeed News: Was It Selfish To See My Grandmother Before She Died?

BuzzFeed News: Was It Selfish To See My Grandmother Before She Died?. “My grandmother had dementia for years, but it was inconsistent. She remembered how to take care of herself, who every member of her family was when they called, the important facts about our lives, and the best gossip. But she forgot the things less fun to remember: finances, current events, deadly global pandemics. Instead, she spent her days wondering why she was so alone, why her family wasn’t visiting like they normally did, and why the caretaker helping her was wearing a mask and a transparent plastic visor.”

WWSB: Texas boy who lost parents to COVID-19 turns 5 with massive parade

WWSB: Texas boy who lost parents to COVID-19 turns 5 with massive parade. “A Texas community showed up in full force for a nearly hour-long parade to support a 5-year-old boy who lost both his parents to COVID-19. Raiden Gonzalez turned 5 on [November 28], just months after his parents, Adan and Mariah Gonzalez, died from COVID-19. The massive car parade, which included appearances by Santa Claus, superheroes and dinosaurs, lasted nearly an hour.”