Archive for February 2011

Happy Birthday, Tamara!

Yesterday was a big day for families and friends of Kate’s Club. In the southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Grove Park, a tree planting was held through a partnership with Trees Atlanta marking the first annual Grief Awareness Day. For the McBride / Castleberry family, the day held special significance. They lost Tia + Tamara this past…

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Keisha + Cole's Story: Part 2

Keisha + Cole’s inspiring story continues… Cole at a Kate’s Club Program 1.       How do you honor the memory of Clifton? We talk to and about Clifton every day.  And most of the time we laugh.  Clifton was such a funny guy, a prankster, and just an interesting dude.  “Every time we go into the…

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Keisha + Cole's Story: Part 1

In January of 2009 Keisha + Cole’s life took an unexpected turn when Clifton Roxbury was killed in a car accident. This mom + son have been at each other’s side as they have each dealt with their own complicated emotions associated with grief. Today we share the first part of Keisha + Cole’s story,…

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Jeff's Story

Today Jeff Romig shares his story… in his own words… Jeff, his dad, + Bryan at Furman in 1984 Our lives and those of the people we love are defined by our choices. Fifteen years ago today – on Feb. 24, 1996 – my dad’s life ended with his final choice. Steve Romig was a…

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Chamique's Story

To say that Chamique Holdsclaw is a great basketball player is an understatement. When you look at her stats, the success she has had is astonishing. She spent her college career as part of the Tennessee Volunteer team that won three back-to-back National Championships. She was picked first overall in the WNBA draft and selected…

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Online Tributes

The internet has changed the way society communicates and accesses information. Take this blog, for example… the internet has allowed us to share ideas for celebrating the memory of a loved one, stories of individuals dealing with loss, and invite you all to the first Grief Awareness Day in Atlanta. The internet has also become…

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Elmo Teaches Kids about Grief

Yesterday on the blog we talked about the Sesame Street Workshop project, When Families Grieve. Today we want to share with you some clips of the special. The first clip features Elmo, his cousin Jessie, and his dad discussing the importance of talking about the feelings one has when dealing with the loss of a…

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Katie Couric + Sesame Street

In 1998, Katie Couric lost her husband Jay Monahan to colon cancer. Her young daughters also lost their father. Since his death, Couric has been a tireless advocate for colon cancer awareness. Recently Katie partnered with Sesame Street in an important project to help children better understand death. The following video is a preview of the prime…

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Resources for You

One of the primary goals of Grief Awareness Day is to highlight resources that families and communities can turn to for support. The vision is a day in which schools, youth-serving organizations, health care facilities, faith communities, families, media outlets, government institutions, and the community-at-large pause to recognize the importance of recognizing and appropriately dealing with…

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Up

Firsts… In sharing their stories, many of our interviewees have mentioned how hard first holidays and birthdays were without their loved ones. Today’s blog post is an idea for remembering them on those occasions… a balloon launch. A memory balloon launch can take many forms: A balloon release of a large number of balloons all in the loved…

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