International Overdose Awareness Day
August 31. 2020
International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
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FREE Webinar - Wait, My Grief Has A Shape? Understanding the Loss Experience for Our Children and OurselvesRead Now
Wait, My Grief Has A Shape? Understanding the Loss Experience for Our Children and Ourselves
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Highmark Caring Place is presenting this NO COST which will highlight the spiral shape of grief -
explaining the differences in these spirals between adults and children.
Register for FREE now at https://lnkd.in/duQtGXB
Loss & Living: Drum Your Grief with Vivianne LaRivière Online Class
July 25, 2020 from 9:30 - 11:30 AM (EST)
Drumming is music for the soul, and is also a practice that may help us process our grief. Learning how to acknowledge, recognize—and even embrace—our grief allows us to start rebuilding our lives around our loss,”
says Judy Coffin, program coordinator of ORA Lose & Living Program.
Drumming is one approach that gathers us in, without the need to talk, or
find words that are at times, so difficult to express. We can simply ‘be’ with the drum.
Facilitator, Dr. Vivianne LaRivière, considers the drum an instrument of peace, and drumming
as a spiritual and sacred practice. Drumming frees the minds, moves the body, is used at times
in prayer and/or meditation and is symbolic of the universal heartbeat! She believes the
energy of the drum can help us connect with our healing power, as it helps us get in touch
with our emotions at a very deep level. Drumming our grief is a way of processing our
grief by ourselves, and with others.
Register at (Donations Suggested):
Gathering 2020: A Collective Experience for Bereaved Mothers
October 3, 2020 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM (MST)
Registration is FREE and easy: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gathering-2020-tickets-106828749666
Questions? Send us a message or check out our FAQ page: https://www.gatheringhope.net/ghfaq
Want to connect with other mothers before the Gathering? Join the private Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/85
Gathering 2020 will feature powerful speakers, uplifting worship, and a sacred, intimate atmosphere
where you are regarded as a truly beloved guest. This Gathering includes an interactive experience, where
women can collectively both grieve and celebrate their babies. Healing conversation will be engaged
in while via private virtual rooms. Please join from the comfort of your own home and gather to recognize
our babies and our motherhood, together. Christ gifts us with the presence of one another as a source of
comfort and the annual Gatherings serve as a catalyst for moms to begin forming relationships.
Tender Hearts: A Community of Courageous Grievers with David Kessler
Tender Hearts is an new online community where you can find grief support when you need it and
leave feeling heard, understood, and hopeful. Membership includes instant 24/7 to private website
and weekly live Heart to Heart sessions. You can work with David Kessler in a small group format.
Each week, the group will explore a new topic on an aspect of grief that people seldom talk about.
There will be weekday check-ins via ZOOM with David and the team. There will be step-by-step weekly lessons and worksheets, Weekly Q & A, specialized communities for unique grief circumstances. They
will be adding additional talks, lectures, videos, and resources to help you navigate your grief.
Membership is $29 per month. (Not an affiliate link.)
Join at: https://www.davidkesslertraining.com/tenderhearts
Permission to Grieve: With Watercolor & Crayon Resist - FREE Online Event
Hosted by Project Grief
Monday, July 13, 2020 from 12:10 - 1:00 PM (MST)
The first step toward healing after a loss, is granting oneself permission to grieve.
This about HOW to do it by creating a simple watercolor art project as a way of granting that permission.
Even if you’re a total beginner, art is an incredible tool for healing.
During this virtual event, you’ll:
1.) LISTEN about the importance of granting yourself permission to grieve
2.) LEARN some ideas on HOW to do it
3.) TRY IT OUT for yourself with a simple watercolor & crayon resist activity.
Materials: Watercolors (tubes, cakes, or even that 8 color Crayola kid set will do),
Watercolor paper, watercolor brush, cup of water, paper towel, AND a white crayon (very important!).
If you have questions about art materials or content, please contact
Danica Thurber directly at email@example.com
Register for this event at:
Parenting After Trauma
Presented by Beth Tyson, Psychotherapist, Parenting Coach & Children's Book Author
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM (EST)
If you or a loved once have experienced a trauma, please Beth for the latest research and
tools on how to cope with trauma and loss. You will walk away with practical tools and information that will shift your perspective on both you and your child’s behavior.
This webinar is open to adults, parents, caregivers, and professionals working with children.
She will explain what is considered a traumatic event, how it impacts the brain and nervous system, and
what we can do to move forward in life with a whole heart. There is always hope and the potential for
post-traumatic growth if we take the time to process our experiences. Beth used personal experience to
motivate her to become a specialist in trauma and loss therapy.
She not only knows the clinical tools to heal, but she has been through it herself.
Save your spot before they run out!
Register at: https://chipper-builder-2756.ck.page/2538d447bc
2nd Annual Strength 2 Thrive Overnight Walk-a-Thon for Suicide Prevention & Awareness
Each year over 40,000 people in the United States complete suicide. Even more attempt it.
Idaho’s suicide rate is consistently 50% higher than the national average.
Strength 2 Thrive is aiming to raise public awareness & raise $200,000 for the Idaho Suicide Hotline.
Donations raised for Strength 2 Thrive will go to Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. Your gift is tax-deductible
and Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline will issue you a gift receipt following the event.
The 2nd Annual Strength 2 Thrive Walk-a-Thon will kick off at 8:00 pm, Saturday, September 19, 2020.
General event festivities and team set up will begin at 7:00 pm.
Team members will take turns walking through out the night, until 8:00 am on Monday, September 20, 2020.
There will be music & special speakers presenting during the event.
Columbia High School
301 S Happy Valley Rd. Nampa, ID 83687
The following local food & beverage vendors will be on hand:
Slay the Snow
Fly Food Truck
Buy It Ice Cream
Lonnie C’s Doughnuts
Rusty Dog Corn Dogs
Double Decker Espresso
Strength 2 Thrive is being coordinated and hosted by Rhythm & Grace Counseling:
Owner: Chad Hanson
4 Ogden Ave. Nampa Idaho 83651
Sign Up to Walk with My Grief Connection's Team:
The Power of Presence: 3 Ways to Support a Friend or Loved One with Traumatic Grief
Presented by Jennifer R. Levin, PhD, of From Grief to Growth
Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10:00 am (PST)
Watching a friend or loved one grieve the death of someone they love is heartbreaking.
Often we feel helpless by our inability to ease their pain and unsure of what to say or do.
This webinar will address why individuals grieving a traumatic loss have different
needs and how to support those you love during this difficult time. The webinar will
examine why it may be difficult to express appropriate sentiments to someone who is
grieving, and why our responses are often inadequate.
The webinar will also focus on…
Please share the registration link with anyone you know that may also benefit it.
Register for FREE at: https://fromgrieftogrowth.mykajabi.com/the-power-of-presence-webinar
SPEAKING GRIEF is a documentary and public media initiative aimed at creating a more
grief-aware society by validating the experience of grievers and helping to guide those who
wish to support them. Learn more about the project at www.speakinggrief.org
Follow the project on Facebook and Instagram at @wpsugrief
On July 15, at 8 pm EST, there will be a special screening of the documentary
"Speaking Grief" on WPSU Grief's Facebook page at
This screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with Lindsey Whissel Fenton,
the Director and Producer of the film, and several other grief support professionals.
Be sure to share with people you care about that you think could benefit from
being a part of the #SpeakingGrief conversation!
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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If you are thinking about hurting yourself or someone else, please contact 911 or the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
For any type of crisis situation you can text CONNECT to 741741 to chat with a Crisis Text Line counselor.
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Updated 09 July 2020
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