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Remembering 9/11: A Buddy’s Story

By Ella Thompson, Kate’s Club Buddy and surviving daughter of a 9/11 victim On a bright and sunny Tuesday in the early fall of 2001, my father went off to work on the 84th floor of the South Tower (2 World Trade Center) and didn’t come back. He was essentially in the impact zone, and very…

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Grief Triggers and That Darn Attic

By Lane Pease, Program Director Grief triggers are a funny thing. I tell people to anticipate the grief triggered by milestones. I take my own advice, so this year I anticipated the grief bursts. My youngest daughter, Lucy, graduated high school. She was just 9 months old when her dad, Jim, died and her sister,…

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It’s Okay to Ask “Why?”

The recent deaths by suicide of high profile, successful, individuals have left many people stunned and asking “why?” Both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain had young children adding an extra sadness to the story. Unfortunately, coping with a death by suicide is something at Kate’s Club we work with on a weekly basis. On average,…

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Please Join Us for Cocktails and a Conversation!

Please join Keith Pepper and Kate’s Club for an evening of cocktails and conversation with Kate Atwood and Modern Loss cofounders Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner about their new book, Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome. Inspired by the website that the New York Times hailed as “redefining mourning,” the book is a…

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A Day in the Life of Two Kate’s Club Interns

Annie Longley is a full-time intern at Kate’s Club. She will be graduating in May of 2018 with a B.S.F.C.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences and a certificate in Disabilities Studies and hope to continue her education to one day become either a Recreational Therapist or a Child Life Specialist. Using the experiences and…

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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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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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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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Those Who Understand

  When Ashley Thomas lost her mother she, like Kate’s Club founder Kate Atwood, she was only 13 years old.  Being a young teenager is challenging enough during the best of times but can become incredibly difficult when you are missing one of your parents. Unfortunately, at that time there were no programs available for…

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The Beneficial Nature of a Two-Way Street

Christie Carden knew the pain of loss at a young age.  As a junior in high school she lost her father.  At seventeen years old she struggled to find meaning to the emotions moving through her yet gave up on her fight after only four counseling sessions, needing instead to be “strong for her family”. …

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