grief journey

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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Seeking the Light

We would like to share with you a blog post from Kara Jones, an artist and creative grief educator.  Kate’s Club also works with our members and their families on creative ways to deal with their grief through art, music, and recreational therapy. Kara uses creative prompts on her blog to talk about her grief…

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Grieving Teens

By Lane Pease, Program Director Last week, Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson’s daughter, was rushed to the hospital in an apparent suicide attempt.  An attorney for the family wrote, “Being a sensitive 15-year-old is difficult no matter who you are. It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you. Paris is physically fine…

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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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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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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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Cindy's Story: Part II – Grief is a Life Long Journey

Grief is a life long journey. This is a statement that I don’t think people understand until they have experienced grief for themselves. My life story has been defined as a grief journey almost since before I was born. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer while she was pregnant with me and then lost…

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