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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Taking Kate’s Club’s Vision Nationally

By Lane Pease, Program Director The theme of February at Kate’s Club is “How do I talk about it?” We do activities with our members about how we talk about our grief with family members and others. However, Kate’s Club’ vision is “A World in Which it is Okay to Grieve” and it leads to…

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Today I learned… Tomorrow I hope

Written by Lane Pease, Kate’s Club Program Director At Kate’s Club, we have implemented 4-week, closed support groups in the last couple of years. Closed means that the same people participate for 4 weeks. We have special topics for these groups, and the whole family participates. We have had a teen and parent group, sibling loss…

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