coping

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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Beyond The Lens: Photography as Therapy

Our mission at Kate’s Club is to empower children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling.  One of the ways that we empower our kids is by giving them different means to express themselves and to work through the emotions they are feeling.  This past March our teens took party…

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Nine Years Under

The official start of summer is this month.  Maybe Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home should be on your summer reading list? 31-year-old Baltimore writer Sheri Booker turned grief over the loss of her beloved Aunt into employment at a West Baltimore funeral home and the kernal of her writing career.  Sheri’s work…

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In Anticipation of Memorial Day…Captain Julie Cyr's Story

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, is a day for honoring and remembering all Americans who have died while in military service.   Here’s a great remembrance of Benjamin Keating by his friend and fellow soldier Julie Cyr.  Julie shares her grief journey and the tremendous importance of telling your story. NPR Story Corps: Captain Julie…

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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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The Unexpected Moments of Grief

While the inital experiences of sadness and anger after the death of a loved one are often difficult to cope with, it is the unexpected moments that have always thrown me off. These are the moments when a scene in a movie or a generic conversation causes me to feel angry or sad because of…

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More Tips for a Healthy Holiday

More suggestions to make this a healthy holiday season… Do something nice for someone else Donate a gift or money in the name of your lost loved one Laugh with family and friends about a positive memory of your lost loved one Share your concerns and apprehensions about the holiday season with a friend Release…

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The Holidays Are Upon Us – What's Your Plan?

It is November now and the busy holiday season is upon us. If this is your first or your thirty-first season after the death of your loved one, it might be helpful to thoughtfully consider your coping strategy for the holidays ahead. This blog will offer some suggestions over the next couple of months. The…

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