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The Pressure to be Perfect

I saw a mug a few years ago that said “World’s Okayest Mom” and I immediately sent a picture to my daughters and wrote, “This is perfect for me.” Their replies were both “Yes, true.” The truth is I am okay with that title (no pun attended). I remember a quote I read a few…

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The Magic of Camp

Mica Davis and Adam Tessler are the married, volunteer dream team that can be found at the Clubhouse on any given program day. Their dedication to our mission always goes above and beyond. One of their favorite parts about Kate’s Club is the magic that they get to be a part of twice a year…

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Feeling like a first round draft pick…

Kate’s Club is excited to implement a new tool this year that will better inform our programing, screen for trauma, and engage new donors. All new members ages 8 and up will complete a Grief and Trauma Survey. In December 2018, we were excited to host Julie Kaplow, PhD. and members of her team from the Grief…

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How do WE talk about it? Words matter.

“We lost a student”, I cringed inwardly as I heard the principal make the announcement over the intercom. I was at an elementary school where a 4th grader had died and I had just addressed the crisis team. I told the crisis team that we should use the word “died” when talking about what had…

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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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