Archive for January 2011

The Event: Part 2

Last week Trees Atlanta gave suggestions for our readers who would like to plant their own memory tree. Not everyone has a green thumb or lives in a climate where this is an easy option. The following project is a way to make your own memory tree. Step-by-step instructions: Find a twig with several branches.…

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What helps? (in their own words…)

The blog has spent some time focusing on what helps someone who is grieving through resource links, personal stories, and a variety of ways to honor a loved one’s memory. Today, three of the teens from Kate’s Club, Caitlin, Kaitlyn, and Maya, share what helped them in these video interviews. What helped you through your grieving process? Let…

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Callie's Story

In early 2006, Callie’s dad had been having some balance issues which led to a fall that landed him in the hospital. While there they ran a CatScan and discovered that he had advanced stage melanoma. He immediately began treatment. Initially the doctors gave him three months, and he ended up living for eighteen more.…

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It's Different at Every Age

Just like grief differs from person to person… it differs based on age, especially for children. Take for example the two paintings below. Each were created by kids of Kate’s Club, the first by the teens and the second one by the “tweens”. The groups were asked to depict what grief looks like to them.…

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The Art of Poetry

By definition poetry is an imaginative awareness of experience expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices so as to evoke an emotional response. Poetry is something different for everyone… just like grief. Many times it is difficult to put into words the way you feel when dealing with grief. One method of expression that some…

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Camp Erin: The Moyer Foundation

The Moyer Foundation was founded in 2000 by World Series-champion, Major League All-Star pitcher, Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen. The foundation’s largest initiative is Camp Erin… a bereavement camp for kids. With 36 camps in 23 states and one in Canada, Camp Erin is the largest bereavement camp in the country, serving more than 2,500…

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The Event: Part 1

For those of you that are regular readers of the blog, you know that it is just one part of an effort by Kate’s Club to bring attention to the importance of recognizing and appropriately dealing with grief. One way that the kids of Kate’s Club are going to celebrate the memory of their loved…

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Jessica's Story

When Jessica’s dad, Hal, was battling cancer a  friend of her sister wrote a letter with this quote.  If you read her sister Claire’s story last week and as you read Jessica’s story now, it will be clear that is exactly the way that Hal loved. This is what life is all about… Loving to where…

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We Remember Them

When you walk in the doors of Kate’s Club it is impossible not to notice and be captivated by the many art projects created by the kids. One of these art projects on the front wall is a memory quilt. It is the first project that a family makes together when they join Kate’s Club. It…

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Grieving through Art

Art is an excellent form of self-expression, especially for a child dealing with grief. Truth be told, it is healing for the kid in all of us. The image below is of the memory box that Claire Hecht created to remember her dad. The recover-from-grief.com website shares some of ideas for projects you can do…

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