Memorial Day, May 30, 2022
Wishing you all a meaningful Memorial Day. Our thoughts are with all of our fallen heroes, their families
& the loved ones who stood by them and miss them every day. This can be a difficult day for anyone who has lost someone who was a veteran or was on active duty. If you are finding this day emotionally challenging, consider exploring some ways that you can take care of yourself, perhaps taking a walking, calling a friend
to talk, laying down for a nap, lighting a candle in remembrance of your person, eating special meal, writing
a letter to them or doing something that your loved one enjoyed in honor of them might make the day feel a little easier to manage. If you haven't lost someone who was in the military you may be unsure of how you
can help those who are grieving during the holiday. The most important thing you can do is just acknowledge the range of feelings they may be having. Reach out, if you are able, to let them know you care about them
and that you are available to talk or be with them if that would feel supportive and helpful.
Art Your Grief Classes with Emily Dilbeck: June 2022
Art Your Grief classes are for grievers. Grief comes in many different forms - this class is for anyone experiencing grief - it might be a diagnosis, a death, a relationship, job loss, a dream, a home, etc. All grievers are welcome.
No art experience is needed to take an Art Your Grief class. All you need is to bring yourself and be willing to
show up and try painting, drawing and collage to process your grief. Explore and express your grief using art
on Zoom in a safe space with other grievers. Emily will be walking you through different prompts with basic
art supplies (watercolor, colored pencils, collage - nothing fancy) to help you connect with your grief while
creating. The goal is not to create beautiful art (although sometimes this happens), the focus is on your grief
and having a designated safe space to connect and express your grief using color, texture, and movement.
Art is a powerful tool to express and explore grief. There is something beautiful that happens when we sit
with it all - even if it’s extremely difficult to do.
Next class series:
Three options for month long classes that meet once a week on zoom:
Sunday Class: June 5, 12, 26 - Sundays 3:30-4:45 pm PT / 5:30-6:45 pm CT /
6:30 - 7:45 pm ET on Zoom - 3 meetings (no mtg. on 6/19) $90.
Tuesday Class: June 7, 14, 21, 28 - Tuesdays 6:30 - 7:45 pm PT / 8:30 - 9:45 pm CT /
9:30 - 10:45 pm ET on Zoom - 4 meetings - $120.
Wednesday Class: June 8, 15, 22, 29 - Wednesdays 8:30 - 9:45 am PT / 10:30 - 11:45 am CT /
11:30 - 12:45 am ET on Zoom - 4 meetings -$120.
The first 60 min. are for creating, the last 15 are for optional sharing/listening
(or you can continue creating). Please message Emily on Instagram to sign up. She only takes a
handful of participants each month as it is important to me to keep it small and intimate.
One workshop option for a one time class:
If you don't want to commit to multiple classes, you can take the one-time workshop on
*June 25th - Saturday 9:30 - 10:45 am PT/11:30–12:45 am CT on zoom, 75 minute session, $30.
Private Sessions: You can schedule private Art Your Grief sessions, an hour class is $65.
Buddy Sessions: You can schedule buddy sessions of Art Your Grief for 2-4 people. An hour buddy session for 2 people is $45 per person, 3 people is $40 per person, 4 people is $35 per person.
Private Class: You can schedule a private class for 5-7 people for 4 sessions of 75 minutes each for $120 a person. The first 60 min. are for creating, the last 15 are for optional sharing/listening.
For more information, check out the Art Your Grief Instagram page.
The highlight titled “Class Info.” has all the details.
Please message Emily on Instagram is you have questions or want to register for a class.
For more information visit: https://www.emilydilbeck.com/art-your-grief
Moms Grief Retreat: A Weekend of Healing and Hope with The Grief Guru
Thursday, July 7, 2022 - Sunday, July 10, 2022
Kelli Nielsen, The Grief Guru, is thrilled to spend this weekend with you and share her 5 step Grief Relief process. After losing her mom to suicide and then her son to a drug overdose just a year and a half later, she developed this process to facilitate her own healing and now share these keys to recovery with people around the world.
Bring your confusion, bring your pain, and leave with a plan and process for loving your life again!
Experience a weekend of Hope and Healing by The Grief Guru and Facilitator Team. Enjoy the beauty of
Danbury, WI and all the wonder that lake life has to offer. Registration include all meals, coaching sessions, coaching materials, craft project supplies, self care pamper mani or pedi session. - $997
Payment is due in full at time of registration and refunds are not available due to the nature of event.
Spots are limited to 30.
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Register at the affiliate link at: https://thegriefguru.teachable.com?affcode=468020_8tvky9n4
Coping After Suicide's Virtual Summer Grief Camp
Coping After Suicide's Virtual Summer Grief "Camp" is for kids ages 6-12 who've lost a parent, sibling, or other loved one to suicide. It's not a therapy group - it's a professionally facilitated, activity-based peer support group that meets on Zoom. “Camp” will be facilitated by Joan Hoff, former longtime program director for the Dougy National Center for Grieving Children and Families, who’s been facilitating grief support groups for kids for 30 years.
Joan will lead the kids in activities and discussions to help them:
- explore their thoughts and feelings around the suicide of their person
- learn ways to manage their grief reactions
- connect with other kids who are going through a similar experience
Kids can participate independently (they just ask that a trusted adult be nearby in case of technical or
emotional challenges). There are two sessions, and each session consists of four 60-minute Zoom meetings.
The two sessions will cover different topics, so kids can register for either or both:
June Session: Your Grief Journey: June 27, 28, 29, and 30 from 2-3 pm Eastern
July Session: Your Emotional Ride: July 25, 26, 27, and 28 from 2-3 pm Eastern
The registration fee is $150 per child/per session. (Not an affiliate)
Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
To learn more and to register visit: https://www.copingaftersuicide.com/virtual-grief-camp
FREE Webinar: Helping Others With Grief in Challenging Times with David Kessler
Grief expert David Kessler has put together a FREE training called "Helping Others With Grief in Challenging Times,"
because if ever there was a time we could all use more help, it’s now.
Join him for this FREE webinar event and May 19th at 1:00 pm PT/ 4:00 pm ET.
In this teaching, he'll be covering:
- Helping others who have suffered even the most tragic losses
- Learning the 6 needs of the grieving so you can help others navigate grief
- Encouraging post-traumatic growth to move beyond the pain and create a legacy of love
- Inspiring others to identify reserves of resilience that may surprise them
David will share the tools you need to confidently help others navigate the rocky terrain of grief.
Register to attend at: https://bit.ly/3yzHB50
Widow Empowerment Event
September 23 - 25, 2022, in Scottsdale, Arizona
Early Bird General Registration is now open for the Modern Widows Club's Widow Empowerment Event!
Join them September 23 to 25, 2022, in Scottsdale, Arizona for their remarkable, one-of-a-kind
event for widows and daughters of widows. At WEE 2022 Scottsdale you’ll find HOPE as you
spend time with an understanding community and our dynamic, powerful speakers. You’ll have
opportunities to HEAL through education, resources, and activities that also give you the chance
to GROW and find purpose. And you’ll learn more about how to LEAD in the future of widowhood.
Over the course of our extraordinary weekend you’ll connect with resilient role models in a safe,
trusted community, and can expect to gain:
- Friendship and inspiration from hundreds of wise women who are walking this path with you
- Knowledge, leadership, education, and guidance to empower your important decisions
- Confidence to journey from grief to growth
- Honest and healthy conversations to help you discover joy again
- Affirmations of areas of excelling and areas that need focus
- Framework and resources to reconstruct your life with meaning, purpose, and strength
- Hope for you and your family’s future
-Peace of mind that you are not alone
To sign up, visit www.modernwidowsclub.org and then “Register for WEE 2022 Scottsdale.”
Meridian Mindset: A Mental Health Awareness Event
Monday, May 23, 2022, from 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM MT at Meridian City Hall
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the City of Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) and Mayor’s Senior Advisory Board (MSAB) are teaming up with Connection is the Cure to host
Meridian Mindset—an evening of education, connection, art, and service at
Meridian City Hall (33 E. Broadway Ave., Meridian, ID 83642) on Monday, May 23rd, 2022.
The doors will be open by 5:45 PM and the program begins at 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers
of Meridian City Hall with a series of presentations by featured speakers whose work—voluntary
or professional—touches on aspects of mental health and suicide prevention.
These speakers are:
Shannon Decker (Executive Director & Co-Founder, The Speedy Foundation)
September Frogley (Co-Founder, Connection Is The Cure)
Gretchen Gudmundsen (Child Clinical Psychologist, St. Luke's)
Shawna Delaney-Saladino (Anti-Bullying Specialist & Founder, Word Warriors)
Tracy Basterrechea (Chief of Police, City Of Meridian)
Following the presentations, attendees are encouraged to visit booths stationed by representatives of
various groups and organizations to learn more about community resources available in our area.
Afterward, MYAC students will lead a chalk art project with attendees in the Meridian City Hall Plaza--
encouraging attendees to cover the concrete with kind, compassionate, and uplifting messages and art.
Attendees may bring basic toiletry items to donate to Connection is the Cure. These items will be packaged
and provided to those in the community who are at the highest risk of mental health distress and suicide.
A collection booth will be near the main entrance of Meridian City Hall.
The following items are requested:
travel-size hand sanitizers
This event is free and open to the public. Those who are unable to attend in person may
watch the livestream of the presentations beginning at 6:00 PM on Monday, May 23rd
by visiting www.meridiancity.org/live. The recording will be available on the
City of Meridian YouTube page following the event.
Understanding Grief - Facebook Live
Monday May 23, 2022, at 1:30 PM PDT
Join the folks from The Dougy Center for an interactive conversation on the movement to #UnderstandGrief
Live on Dougy Center's Facebook page, Monday May 23, 2022, at 1:30 PM PDT. Donna Schuurman and
Monique Mitchell will answer questions and talk about the importance of being grief-informed.
July 11-13, 2022, at Hollinshead Barn in Bend, OR from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Registration is open for Camp Courage, a 3-day, FREE, summer art camp that provides a safe and healing environment where youth can share and express their feelings of loss and grief. Camp is July 11-13, 2022,
at Hollinshead Barn in Bend, OR from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Youth from Central Oregon who have
experienced a loss and are in grief are invited to register and participate in this art-based grief camp.
Hosted by Clear Mourning, this year, Camp Courage is sponsored by a local non-profit partner,
Partners In Care. Camp Courage provides children and teens a safe and fun place to express, share and explore their feelings and issues related to the death of a loved one. Camp Courage will be helping facilitate this
by offering smaller peer groups, the opportunity to create personal artwork aimed at the child’s and teen’s expression of their own grief and allow them the opportunity to celebrate and memorialize the loved one who
has died. Every child will have the opportunity to participate in outdoor games and activities.
For additional details and to register a camper, visit: https://www.clearmourning.org/event/camp-courage/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=CC
The Compassionate Friends, Great Boise Area Chapter
The Compassionate Friends is an emotional support group for those suffering from child loss. Parents, grandparents and siblings (age 12 and above) are all welcome. They are a self-help group and all of
their leaders are bereaved parents. They are a non-profit, non-denominational support group with
no religious affiliation. The group meets inside the Meridian Senior Center at Julius M. Kleiner Park
in Meridian, Idaho at The Village, every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM MST.
Next Meeting: May 12, 2022 at 7:00 PM MDT. Check out the Live Series of YouTube videos with Co-Chapter Leaders, Kristina & Steffanie. They recently started a blogcast called Sunflowers & Red Feathers as well.
Watch the YouTube videos or read the blog here.
They are active on their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TCFSouthernIdaho
and on their Private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/634712763985467
Chapter Leader: Kristina Cunningham, email@example.com
Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group - Boise, Idaho
2nd Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 PM MDT
717 N. 11th Street, Boise, Idaho 83702
The group meets continuously throughout the year at First United Methodist Church
(Cathedral of the Rockies), in the Bishop's Lounge at 717 N. 11th Street, Boise, Idaho 83702.
Meetings are held in person on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 PM MST.
Next meeting is on May 12, 2022.
Group Facilitators: Kirby or Susan Orme, (208) 342-2139, firstname.lastname@example.org
Coronavirus Bereavement Study – Announcement for Participants
The Coronavirus Bereavement Study aims to better understand factors that may be related to bereavement experiences by learning from those who have experienced a loss during the pandemic. Participants will be
asked to complete an online questionnaire that surveys their loss and bereavement experiences, including
how the pandemic interfered with their grieving process, as well as their general background information
(gender, age, health status, and so forth), mood, personality, coping, social engagement, stressors, and
functioning. There are also open-ended responses to questions about their experiences and opportunities for a follow-up phone interview if chosen. Participation in the study is totally voluntary and open to individuals
who are English-speaking, age 55+, and who have experienced the death of a significant other during the
pandemic and have access to a computer or smart phone. The study poses no significant risks, participation
will be anonymous, and all data will be kept secure and confidential. Eventually, this research could
improve our understanding of the factors that contribute to individuals’ bereavement experiences.
Each person will have the opportunity to win a $100 gift card for their participation.
This research study is being conducted by Sarah Brown-Adams, M.A., Rachel Czosniak, M.A.,
Alejandra Zamora, M.A, and Richard Zweig, PhD. of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of
Yeshiva University, with approval from the University’s Institutional Review Board.
To participate in the study scan the QR code to the left or visit: www.tinyurl.com/coronabereavement
Mother's Day 2022
Mother's Day reminds some people of losses they don't often speak of, like death, separation, divorce,
infertility, illness, unfulfilled longing, disability, estrangement, neglect, rejection, abuse, and abandonment.
If this day is difficult for you, for any reason, be extra kind and soft with yourself. Sending lots of love
and wishes for a gentler Mother's Day than expected to all feeling tender from loss.
Mother's Day Grief Support Event
May 8th at 4pm UK (8:00 AM PST / 11:00 EST)
Tara Nash, of Conscious Grief, and Uma Girish, a Grief Guide, Spiritual Mentor and Author are
hosting an free event on Mother's Day (US) for anyone who is grieving the loss of their mother
or anyone who does not have the mother daughter relationship they wish they had.
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvduuhrTsjHdUKJE3v-FpynHj4m7uGxnKX
Worldwide Celebration of Remembrance To Honor Mothers Who Are No Longer Living
May 7, 2022 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM EST
If you are missing your mother or mother figure, you are invited to join "Motherless Daughter's" author
and coach, Hope Edelman, for the Worldwide Celebration of Remembrance To Honor Mothers Who Are No Longer Living event. Hope will share her annual Mother's Day letter to Motherless Daughters, and there
will be special guest speakers, a chance to win free giveaways, toast to all our mothers, and the
2nd International Circle of Remembrance. Join Hope Edelman, Claire Bidwell Smith, Kelly McDaniel,
and other guest speakers for this free event to explore:
How can we still honor our moms on this weekend?
How can we, if we have children, allow Mother’s Day to be about ourselves and her at the same time?
How can we find others who understand what this day represents for us?
Join in on May 7, 2022 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM EST.
The call is one hour, with a 30-minute Open Discussion period afterward for sharing stories about our moms.
Register for this FREE event at: www.motherlessdaughters.com/md-worldwide-call
Any questions? Feel free to contact: email@example.com
July 28 - 30, 2022 in Kent, Ohio
Do you know a grieving child or teen that could benefit from extra support and meeting peers who understand what they are going through? If so, Camp Kelly is a great opportunity for connecting and healing. Camp Kelly
is a day camp for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a loved one. It provides
a safe place for campers to share their grief, find support, and strengthen their coping skills while building
new friendships and having fun. Activities are facilitated by licensed professionals and volunteers. It will be
held on Thursday, July 28th, through Saturday, July 30th, from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM at Kelly's Grief Center in Kent, Ohio. To register, call 1-330-593-5959. All campers are required to complete a virtual intake assessment along with a parent or guardian prior to attending camp. Call today to reserve your spot! Please register by July 1, 2022.
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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