dealing with grief

Keturah's Camp Good Mourning Story

Maybe it was the refreshing breeze, or the serenity I felt as I strolled through the camps pathway. Perhaps it was simply the joyous conversations coming from some of the campers and warm hugs and smiles from the buddies. Though I can’t pinpoint what it was specifically, I knew this combination made me feel right…

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A World Where it is Ok to Grieve

By: Kate Atwood [Today is National Children’s Grief Awareness Day. It comes on the heels of the tragic terrorist attacks around the world. And while a lot of us are grieving a sense of loss of our own freedom by these attacks, hundreds of families are experiencing the darkest days of grief as they mourn…

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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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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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A Loss Is Now A Legacy

Kate’s Club is a place where children can have the space and opportunity to carry on the legacy of the loved one they have lost.  This was the mission of Kate Atwood when she first quit her job to focus entirely on her newly founded club.  Kate lost her mother to breast cancer when she…

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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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Giving Back

Kate’s Club has grown by leaps and bounds since the very first days of bowling trips and meeting at Barnes and Noble.  Much of that growth has been made possible by the support of the many volunteers who believe in the mission of the club.  One such person, Thomas Smith, was new to Atlanta and…

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Mother's Day Is On The Way

In anticipation of Mother’s Day next week, be mindful of those friends and family who’ve lost a Mom.  Ask them if they plan to celebrate her memory on Mother’s Day or give them a hug and acknowledge their loss.  These are small, thoughtful gestures that have big impact. For the youngest of us addressing the…

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