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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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New Possibilities

Here we are…2014! Nothing like early January to ponder what another year might hold.  Perhaps you are considering the possibility of dating again in the new year.  If so, check out this very honest, inciteful NPR article in which widows discuss ways they explained new relationships to their friends and family, their kids and themselves:…

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Happy, Healing and Healthy

The death of a parent is always a traumatic experience for anyone who has had to live through it. Those emotions are only compounded when you have had to witness that death first hand. Ginger Florey-Powell was only 9 years old when she and her brother survived the car accident that took their mother. She…

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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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Empowering

This weekend I read an amazing book my sister passed on to me, Still Alice by Lisa Genova. It is the story of Alice, a brilliant woman suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. A year after her official diagnosis, Alice forms the first support group in her area for early-onset Alzheimer’s patients. There are already support…

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