Grief and Happiness Alliance Movie Club
Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 9:00 HST / 12:00 PM PDT / 3:00 PM EDT
The Grief and Happiness Alliance hosts its “Movie Club” as a way of facilitating conversations
about grief and mental health through the lens of popular movies and TV shows.
Join them for a virtual discussion of Lilo and Stitch on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 9:00 HST /
12:00 PM PDT / 3:00 PM EDT. Watch the movie on your own and then join them for a discussion on Zoom!
Movie Summary: A tale of a young girl's close encounter with the galaxy's most wanted extraterrestrial.
Lilo is a lonely Hawaiian girl who adopts a small ugly "dog," whom she names Stitch. Stitch would be
the perfect pet if he weren't in reality a genetic experiment who has escaped from an alien planet and
crash-landed on Earth. Through her love, faith and unwavering belief in ohana, the Hawaiian concept
of family, Lilo helps unlock Stitch's heart and gives him the ability to care for someone else. (Rated PG)
To learn more and/or register, visit: https://www.griefandhappiness.com/special-events
Luther Heights Bible Camp: GRIEF + REFLECTION RETREAT
August 11-13, 2023
Luther Heights Bible Camp in beautiful Ketchum, Idaho, offers a GRIEF + REFLECTION RETREAT from
August 11-13, 2023. No matter where you are on your grief journey, this weekend retreat will provide
time and space to process personal grief (whether from the loss of a loved one or divorce or life transitions)
in the community of others and space to process individually. With guided meditation, time for personal
reflection, and support from others, facilitators Pastor Barb Condon, Grief & Bereavement Practitioner, and
Tami McLaughlin will help lead a meaningful weekend. Experience the beauty of God's creation in the
Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, connect with a positive community, and participate in new adventures.
This retreat is for those 18+ years old. The cost for the weekend is $140, including all meals. Luther Heights
offers many retreat opportunities for campers of all ages to grow in faith, reconnect, and rejuvenate.
If you have questions about retreats or camps, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register at www.lutherheights.org/retreats
(Deadline for all registration is 30 days before the start of the retreat.)
Kintsugi Healing Art Group: Embracing Strength and Beauty in Imperfection
The next class series is on Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2023, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM MT,
at South Salt Lake Arts for Life (Columbia Center Opportunity Center, Room 111)
2530 South 500 East, SLC, Utah 84106. There is a $60 supply fee.
Kintsugi is a technique that symbolizes healing and resilience. Has grief, loss, and hardship broken your
heart open? In your brokenness, you are stronger, more precious, and more beautiful. Join Roan Your Boat
for a healing experience using the Kintsugi art process and incorporating mindfulness, writing exercises,
and group support for a healing experience mending those pieces back together with gold.
For more information or to register, email email@example.com or visit www.roanyourboat.org
Grief Refuge Group - Feel Less Alone
The group will meet via Zoom for 4 consecutive Tuesdays, starting on May 30, 2023,
at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PMPT and complete on June 20, 2023.
The folks at Grief Refuge invite you to join a new four-week-long online grief support group that focuses on easing isolation in grief and helping to connect with others to feel more understood. As a participant in the group, you will: get needed support to help cope with loss and manage your grief, feel soothed and comforted to help ease the sense of loneliness and isolation, learn practical ways to handle feelings of hopelessness and despair, gain a framework and understanding for how to understand and navigate your grief journey.
For more details and to register, visit: https://www.griefrefuge.com/less-alone-in-grief
KYMfest (Kind Your Mind) 2023
Saturday, June 10, 2023, at Lakeview Park in Nampa, Idaho from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
KYMfest 2023 the KindYourMind festival is a FREE Community Festival bringing awareness to the
impact of violence and trauma and increasing access to and awareness of healing resources.
The festival offers vendors and entertainment, and encourages ways to 'kind your mind.'
Come out to KYMfest on Saturday, June 10th at Lakeview Park in Nampa, Idaho, from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM!
Some of the vendors that will be onsite for KYMfest:
Memories by Fete
Treasure Valley Transit
Nuestra Gente Wellness
The crafting hustle
Mountain Sky Arts
The Witchy Kitten
Barbara Rose's Sparks of the Divine
And so many more!!
Learn more at: https://kymfest.com/
Helping Children Cope With Ambiguous Loss
Thursday, May 18, 2023, at 11:00 AM ET
Ambiguous loss is pervasive in our lives.
Ambiguous loss is any loss that doesn’t involve a physical death.
It can create symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress.
Please join our friend Beth Tyson on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at 11:00 AM ET to learn
more about helping children cope with ambiguous loss!
During this event you will learn:
1. The theory and symptoms of ambiguous loss
2. Why we must address it in children
3. How to implement loss awareness practices in your organization or family to prevent
and heal this invisible type of trauma
Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvc-CtrzkuGtWzPZqKTuwyCFF_kw_9xLFS#/registration
Take a Holiday from Grief
Monday, May 15 - Saturday, May 20, 2023
6 pm Central European Time / 5 pm GMT / 9 am PST /12 pm EST
Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed by your emotions in grief? But what if you could take a mini break from it
all and experience more joy, fulfillment, and peace? That's exactly what Sadie Beyl is offering with her 6-day webinar, Take a Holiday from Grief. Over the course of six days, in half-hour sessions, Sadie will guide you to go within and activate a state of ease so that you can find the calm you need to navigate this difficult time. If you're feeling stressed or that your emotions are exhausting, this webinar is for you. You'll learn how to: achieve balance and get a good night's sleep, release the pressure to be okay, stop overthinking, and most importantly, you'll learn how to take care of yourself so you can begin to experience more peace and joy in your life. Don't let grief steal your peace of mind. Join Sadie for this powerful 6-day webinar and take the first step toward healing. For 6 days, you’ll be part of a sacred Zoom space where you’ll be guided to flow into a state of ease and empowerment and experience more of the positive feelings and energy that you want. Take a holiday away from the emotional
roller-coaster. It won't stop the grieving process, but you’ll be able to take a little break from it, leaving you
feeling refreshed and recharged, exactly as if you’d had a mini vacation! There is no cost to join the webinar live each day, but due to the private nature of the sessions, there will be no replays. However, you can sign up for the VIP for the lifetime recordings to watch whenever and as many times as you want! (MGC is not an affiliate.)
Sign up to the live webinar for free at: https://subscribepage.io/Takeaholidayfromgrief
Mother's Day for Motherless Daughters Call
May 13, 2023
Mother's Day weekend can bring up all kinds of feelings for a woman whose mother has died: sadness, longing, anger, loneliness, confusion, hopelessness, and more. We make room for all of them each year on their annual Mother's Day for Motherless Daughters call. Please join Hope Edelman and Claire Bidwell Smith on Saturday,
May 13 at 1 PT/4 ET for a FREE, virtual Mother's Day weekend event for motherless daughters. Women worldwide will come together in sisterhood and solidarity for 60 minutes of discussion and Q&A, a toast to all your moms, and their signature Circle of Remembrance. This year's topic is "Connecting with the Mother Energy Inside You." Hope and Claire will share ideas for self-nurturing and hear from members of the larger community. Stay for an additional 30 minutes of open conversation at the end to connect with women of all ages and backgrounds who share this profound life experience! Last year's event brought nearly 500 women from dozens of countries onto the screen together. You'll be welcomed as part of a sisterhood no one wanted to join, yet one that can offer you comfort and support this holiday weekend. This event is free and open to women who lost a mother to death at
any age. If you can't make it, be sure to register anyway, as they will send out the replay within 24 hours of
the event. Register, and you'll receive information by email about how to join the event on May 13.
Sign up at at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mothers-day-for-motherless-daughters-2023-tickets-624530606857
Grieving in Isolation Webinar
May 16, 2023 at 8:00 pm ET / 5:00 pm PT
When grieving, it's really important to feel supported. Yet, it's often very difficult to get the support
you need. Sometimes it seems easier to do grief in isolation - not because it's easier to manage hurt and
emotional pain - but because it's easier to not put up with people who disappoint or let you down as you grieve
and mourn. If this resonates with you, please feel invited to a FREE webinar May 16th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.
“Grieving in Isolation” will explore why grief feels so isolating and how to feel less alone. Reid Peterson, creator
of the Grief Refuge App, shares his thoughts on why grief feels so isolation and how to feel less alone in grief.
Grief Refuge want to make sure you have some community as you grieve and they hope you join them on this
webinar to for some comfort throughout your difficult journey. No shame. Just support and some connection.
Please reserve your spot for the webinar at https://tinyurl.com/GriefIsolation
(This webinar will not be recorded to honor the privacy of all attendees)
International Bereaved Mother's Day Ceremony
Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 2:00 PM MDT
Join the International Bereaved Mother's Day Ceremony on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 2:00 PM MDT to honor
Mothers who have experienced pregnancy, infant loss, and child loss hosted by Kelly Hurley. You are welcome
from wherever you are living, as all bereaved mothers will be honored through spoken word, ritual, and music.
Join the LIVE online broadcast through McPherson Funeral Services.
To watch the ceremony, please go to the www.mcphersonfh.com 'Home Page.'
To honor yourself as a loving mother or your beloved baby in the ceremony, please email
the first names to Kelly Hurley at firstname.lastname@example.org before May 5th.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and thank goodness for that!
Mental wellness is being challenged massively with the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and the
climate crisis, on top of everyday stressors. Whether or not we have been diagnosed with a mental illness,
it is critical for us all to manage and support our mental health. It matters so much! We must continue to
talk about mental health, share our stories, raise awareness, educate others, get help ourselves and give
support. Let's #starttheconvo and work to #endthestigma so we can #bethereforeachother in ways that
are real and meaningful. If you are struggling please reach out for support.
Here are some resources to help:
The Crisis Textline offers free, 24/7 crisis counseling, via text. Just text SHARE to 741741 to reach them.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline gives 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress,
prevention and crisis resources. Call 988 for support!
The Depression & Crisis Hotline, offers help at 1-800-784-2433.
Veterans Crisis Line is available at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or Text 838255.
Emotional Health Relief Hotline has caregivers available 10am-10pm MST, 1-833-442-2211.
Idaho Crisis & Suicide Hotline is available 24/7, call 988 or 208-398-HELP (4357).
The Crisis Hotline, Serving Southern and Southeastern Idaho, 24/7, 208-788-3596.
For more mental health & crisis help resources visit: https://www.mygriefconnection.org/crisishelp.html
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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Updated 14 November 2023
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