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COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES

At Kate's Club, we believe in the power of community. Between school closures and social distancing, many of us may feel more isolated in our lives, and in our grief. Please see below to learn about important updates from Kate's Club as well as helpful resources on how to navigate the coming weeks.

Kate's Club Program and Event Updates

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After careful consideration and following public health advisories in the wake of the COVID-19 virus, we have decided to cancel all programs in March and April as well as Camp Good Mourning.

In this time of stress, we want to stay connected and continue to offer support to our families. We are looking at different ways to support our families from a distance.

Please look for emails from us with activity ideas and a sign-up for a virtual Park Bench (parent and guardian support group). Please also know you can reach out to Lane or Debra by phone or email with any questions or concerns or if you need a little extra support.

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We have also decided to postpone the May 2020 Mourning Glory Gala. The new date for Gala will be Friday, August 28. We are keeping the same location at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. There will be more details to come about the night as we get closer!

We hope that you will be able to join us on August 28! Please do not hesitate to reach out to Jamie or Courtney with any questions or concerns.

COVID-19, Grief, and Children

While these blog posts are focused on elderly grieving people, the majority of the content can apply to any grieving person.

Talking with Children About COVID-19, from the National Association of School Psychologists

This resource provides suggestions for supporting children and teens, as well as age-appropriate explanations. Grieving children more have more anxiety about health and safety than their peers.

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19, from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

This guide, available in both English and Spanish, provides information about how to cope with additional stress and practice self care. It also provides information about how children may react at different ages and how caregivers can support them.

Additional Considerations

With the disruptions in daily life, many students are grieving the loss of experiences: graduation, attending prom, their spring musical, or final baseball game. They may struggle with feelings of helplessness or loss of control, sadness, anger, or confusion. Check in with your kids and validate their thoughts and feelings.

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Grief Activities for Families

At Kate's Club, our theme for March programs is I'm Worth It. Our activities throughout the month would focus on the importance of taking care of ourselves. Many people's self care practices are less accessible during social distancing, but that means it is even more important to check in with ourselves and practice self care.
  • Self Care for Families Checklist

    Printable PDF document, developed by juststaycurious.com

  • How to Teach Your Children About Self Care

    Courtesy of the Community Access Network

  • Emotional Mapping Activity

    Video and corresponding guide developed for ages 8+ by Eluna

Featured Activities

Worry Monsters

THEME: Anxiety coping; breathing skills

TIME: 30 minutes (plus drying time)

AGE: 4-10

Meals During School Closures

Please see this list compiled by 11Alive with information about where and when student families can pick up meals. The list is organized by school district.

Internet Access

As many families navigate the shift to online learning, please take note of the following available resources:
 
Xfinity: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, select the "xfinitywifi" network and then launch a browser.
 
Comcast: Comcast is providing two months of free Internet access for low-income families. Visit https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19 for more details.
 
Spectrum: Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
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