complex emotions

Identity Crisis

By Rachel Ezzo During my time as a staff member at Kate’s Club I have talked about and written much about grief. I have shared my stories about grieving my aunt, my sister, and even my dog. I have lead presentations with children about grieving and how to support a grieving friend. I have shared…

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National Suicide Prevention Week

By: Lane Pease, Program Director September 8th – 14th is National Suicide Prevention week.  At Kate’s Club, we regularly work with families who have lost a family member to suicide.  The families come with the normal feelings of grief, but also experiencing intense feelings of guilt, anger, and shame.  Recently, my own community lost several…

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Atlanta's Inaugural Death Cafe

As usual, I was listening to NPR on the way home.  I heard about the Death Cafe concept started in England in late 2011 by Jon  Underwood.  The purpose of a Death Cafe is to foster a safe, respectful, confidential, casual forum for discussion of death and how our thoughts and questions about death impact the way…

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Derrick's Story: To Write Love on Her Arms

Throughout the year, my employer, IDI, hosts “Caring Days” to raise money for nonprofits championed by IDI employees.  Kate’s Club enjoyed a 2011 IDI Caring Day.  Most recently the nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) was spotlighted by my coworker Derrick.  Derrick shared his TWLOHA connection and involvement with IDI and generously agreed to allow…

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Six Years Gone

  Lt. Col. Paul Finken died in Iraq in 2006, leaving behind his wife, Jackie, and their three daughters, Emilie, Caroline and Julia, to figure out which things can heal.  This is a must read article by Leslye Davis and Sarah Kramer in The New York Times.  I really admire the mother’s commitment to not…

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Answering the Tough Questions…

Motherhood has brought on a whole new component to my grief journey as I am faced with the loss and grief my children experience as a result of my parents being gone. My oldest daughter, almost 6, is very insightful and emotional, and at around the age of 4 started making the connection between mommy’s…

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