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!
International Widows Day is Tuesday, June 23, 2020
International Widows Day is an annual day to bring global awareness to the violation of human
rights and dignity that widows suffer in many countries after the death of their spouses.
The loss of a spouse is devastating under the best of circumstances but the COVID-19 pandemic has made
the situation worse over the last several months, leaving many thousands of women newly widowed
and cut off from financial and familial support. There are an estimated 258 million widows around the
world, and close to 1 in 10 live in extreme poverty.
The United Nations observes this day to draw attention to the voices & experiences of widows across the globe
and to galvanize the unique support that they need. It is an opportunity for action towards achieving full
rights and recognition for widows. Widows' rights are women's rights are human rights.
"For many women, becoming a widow does not just mean the heartache of losing a husband, but
often losing everything else as well." – Cherie Blair, wife of former Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
David's Hope Pregnancy Loss Ministry Support Group
David's Hope Pregnancy Loss Ministry's local Boise, Idaho area support group
for those who have experienced infant loss, stillbirth or miscarriage, will be restarting on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 6:30 pm. It is a 7 week program.
Please call or text 208-899-3676 RSVP and for more information on the location.
Office Phone: (208) 899-3676
The Healing From Grief and Loss FREE Online Series
Hosted by Andrea Milner, June 22, - July 5, 2020
Top experts guide you on your journey to find strength, comfort and joy again.
Register for FREE at: https://healing-from-grief-and-loss.heysummit.com/
Art For Your Grief Journey: Going Beyond Words To Heal
Monday, June 29, 2020 from 12:10 - 1:00 pm (MST)
Hosted by Project Grief, part of the FREE online virtual summit Reimagine: Life, Loss, and Love.
This is a digital event. Beginners welcome!
Learn how creativity can help you externalize the pain inside, and then try
a simple doodling activity for yourself.
Register at: https://tinyurl.com/artforyourgrief
Sibling Loss: The Missing Pieces - Online Event
Saturday, July 11, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (MST)
This event is for the bereaved siblings who are looking for support, tips,
and truths about sibling grief. From Grief To Grind and A Sibling To Love
have joined forces to bring to you this one-day event to provide support,
truth, and honestly about their journey as sibling survivors.
Sibling loss is the most ignored and under-acknowledged griefs there is.
La'Keshia Allen and Andrea A. Moore are here to change that, bring sibling grief to
the forefront, and to show our sibling survivors that they are not alone.
Register and purchase your ticket at www.fromgrieftogrind.co
3 Tips for Talking to Children, Adolescents, and Teens about Traumatic Grief
When it comes to talking with adolescents and teens about the loss of a loved one,
many adults are unsure what and how much to say. This webinar explores how to
communicate with adolescents and teens about death and loss in an age appropriate manner.
It also covers normal grief responses among adolescent and teens and
identify red flags that may indicate maladaptive grief.
Watch the FREE replay at: https://tinyurl.com/3tipstraumaticgrief
Sunrise Retreats Summer Pop Up Retreats and Virtual Classes
Sunrise Retreats has had to postponed their 2020 retreats due to safety reasons, but know that it these
intimate weekends are a source of hope and nourishment for so many. So, they came up with some ideas of
who the Sunrise Retreats can still connect safely with their community. They have planned a series of
Pop Up Retreats this summer for widows and widowers Please RSVP!
More info can be found here https://sunriseretreat.org/summer-pop-up-retreats
Morning Stroll and Lunch to Honor International Widows Day
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10 AM – 12 PM at Kathryn Albertson Park
Healing Wellness In Life After Loss Class
Starting Tuesday, July 7th ( 10-11:30 am or 6-7:30 pm)
6 week live online webinar delivered in the Zoom format
Classes will be recorded if you are not able to attend class
$29 registration fee (HSA and Flex Accounts may be billed)
*This is not a grief support group. This is an educational wellness class taught by
Marni Henderson B.S., credentialed Health Educator, and HeartMath Practitioner.
Register at: https://www.coalescediscovery.com/classes/discover-life-again/
Walk the Labryrinth at Julies Kleiner Park and Lunch
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 10 AM – 12 PM
Paddle the Pond Summer Pop Up Retreat for the Widowed
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 time TBD
Paint in the Park Summer Pop Up Retreat for the Widowed
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM at Kristin Armstrong Park
Healing After Sudden Loss of Spouse
On Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm (PST) / 6:30 pm (MST) you are invited to a
candid interview with EricsHouse Director of Administration, Marisela Marquez,
on "Healing After Sudden Loss of Spouse." She will share her journey about suddenly losing her spouse,
just four months after losing her father,her path to healing, and how she is moving forward with her
grief as a widow and as a mother. This event in FREE.
Once you register, you will receive a zoom link invitation for the session.
Sign up at https://www.ericshouse.org/events/
The New Funerals: A Virtual Town Hall Discussion
You are invited to a FREE digital event, Tuesday, June 23rd at 1pm EST!
"The New Funerals: A Virtual Town Hall Discussion," hosted by Farewelling, as part of
Reimagine Life, Loss & Love Worldwide Virtual Festival.
Farewelling co-founders Elizabeth Karansky (funeral director, thanatologist & death doula)
and Karen Bussen (internationally recognized events expert)will host this open conversation about how funerals are being transformed, by restrictions related to current events, but also
by evolving attitudes around tradition, religion, and other factors. They will open up space
to your experiences and opinions and will share resources and inspiration.
Register at https://tinyurl.com/thenewfunerals
Grief Out Loud Podcast - Episode 152: Teenage Grief Sucks
When Natalie's dad died suddenly at the start of her freshman year of high school, she searched, but couldn't find what she most needed: a resource written for and by other grieving teens. She decided to create one launching the website Teenage Grief Sucks in March 2020 which serves as a platform for articles ranging from what it's like to go to driving school when you're grieving to tips for how teens can support their grieving friends.
In episode #152 of The Dougy Center's podcast, "Grief Out Loud," host Jana DeCristofaro talks
with Natalie about the teenage grief experience. Listen to episode #152 at
Check out Natalie's website at https://www.teenagegriefsucks.com/
Lean On Me: Where Do We Find Our Support?
FREE webinar in the Grief Talks series from Highmark Caring Place,
"Lean On Me: Where Do We Find Our Support?"
Wednesday, July 1st from 2-3 pm (EST) via Zoom.
This webinar will discuss ways of identifying supports in our own lives and methods
of staying connected with the people and things that we find most important -
even when being together is not an option.
Please register no later thank Tuesday, June 30th. at https://bit.ly/grieftalklean
You'll recieve a Zoom link the evening before the webinar.
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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