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Every family has different challenges to overcome, and different ways of dealing with those challenges.
Follow our Common Ground families as they tackle the big issues faced by everyday kiwis, and have your say on how they could work together to get through it.
Meet Sophie, a young girl trying to cope with her loss and grief. While her family are doing their best to support her, they are also managing their own feelings and finding it hard to connect.
In this episode we meet Sophie, a young girl who is trying her best to be a normal teenager. However, her mother Jackie passed away recently after a battle with cancer, and Sophie is feeling a deep sense of loss and grief.
Wife, mother, daughter and friend, Jackie touched the lives of many. Sophie’s Dad, Grandma and Grandpa are all trying to manage their own feelings, and connecting doesn’t seem as easy as it once did.
As we glimpse these personal worlds, Jackie accompanies each of them; their grief carried with them just about everywhere they go.
How can Sophie and her family support each other better through this time of grief?
Maybe you’ve supported someone through something similar. Or you’ve gone through it yourself, and can tell us what helped you.
Share your advice, join the conversation.
Sophie Harriman is a Year 10 student, who used to have many friends but nowadays she mostly hangs out just with her best friend Leigh. Sophie was very close to her mother...Read more