National Grief Awareness Day
August 30, 2022
August 30th, is National Grief Awareness Day, a great opportunity and reminder to talk about and normalize
the grief experience. Maybe take a moment to reach out to someone you know who is grieving a loss and let them know you care and that they are not alone, offer support, and just listen. If you are grieving, I encourage you to take some time today to acknowledge your grief and all you have lost. You might also evaluate any
gains from your grief process if that feels helpful. If you feel up to it, consider sharing some of your grief story with a safe person who can listen with empathy or with someone who may benefit from your wisdom, experience, strength, and hope. Don't forget to offer yourself some extra compassion and grace for what
you are going through. It's hard. Grieving is not easy, but it is easier when we are not alone.
If you feel alone, please reach out for support in any way you can. If you need some great ideas for finding
support in your local area and online, please watch the IG live that Rachel from @gooddays.baddays and
I did a couple of years ago on National Grief Awareness Day. You can watch it on the "About" page at
My Grief Connection at the link in the bio (click the menu arrow on the top left). We hope you get some
tips that will help you find support. Feel free to contact me if you need direction with finding resources.
You deserve support, and it's okay to ask for help! You deserve support and it's okay to ask for help!
Also, join the FREE live event for anyone facing loss featuring Angie Cartwright, the founder of the National
Grief Awareness Day initiative, at Facebook.com/AngieGriefTheUnspoken at 8:00 PM EST, August 30, 2022.
Angie will share her thoughts, and feelings on grief and the grieving, and would love to connect with you.
"We don't grieve just the moment our loved one died. We grieve the past, the future, and the now.
Our loved ones are more than one moment in time."
Beauty for Ashes Gathering 2022
Save the Date - October 1, 2022
October 1, 2022, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM CST
Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, Texas 76054
Virtual Option is Available!
Gathering Hope is a collective experience for bereaved mothers, held each October to both
remember our children and honor our unique motherhood. As fellow survivors, they invite you to
join them for powerful speakers, uplifting worship, and a sacred, intimate atmosphere where you are
regarded as a truly honored guest. Inspired by Isaiah 61, we are excited to share this year’s theme,
BEAUTY FOR ASHES. "He has sent me to...bind up the brokenhearted...to comfort all who mourn...to give
them a crown of beauty in place of ashes..."Isaiah 61:1-3. Gathering Hope has hosted an annual
Gathering for miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss survivors since 2015.
This year, they are thrilled to announce that we have THREE different ways where you can
connect with the people who understand you most…other moms.
1. Their first ever FULL DAY CONFERENCE! You will experience worship, be encouraged
by guest speakers, intentionally connect with other women, attend breakout sessions,
meet with specially selected vendors and MORE.
2. Attend Gathering 2022 Virtually. You’ll be able to simultaneously view the worship
session, our speakers *and* gather in breakouts rooms with other attendees, just like
we do at our in-person Gathering.
3. Gather with other loss moms in your area. By streaming the Gathering 2022 worship & speaker
sessions and using the Leadership Kit as your guide, you’ll be empowered to host a Gathering!
How will YOU join them for Gathering 2022?
You matter, Mama. Your baby matters. Your story matters.
SAVE THE DATE and register at www.gatheringhope.org
Visit the Facebook Event at https://www.facebook.com/events/353153200036029
Because Kids Grieve Fall Bereavement Day Camp
September 10, 2022
1500 N. Locust Grove, Suite 100, Meridian, Idaho 83642
Check-In at 8:45 AM
Camp runs from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The day camp is open for any child/teen who has experience a loss of a loved one to register and attend. Camp is FREE and lunch is provided!
It will be a good day for Summer Campers to reconnect and experience a day together. The day will be filled with lots of activities and fun.
For more information or to register call 208-352-2994 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
International Bereaved Father's Day
Thinking of all our bereaved dads today and sending them so much love and support. Today, August 28th
is International Bereaved Father's Day, which falls each year on the last Sunday of August.
While Father's Day in June is celebratory, this observance recognizes all the dads who have experienced
the grief and trauma caused by the death of their baby or child in any way.
It serves as a day of remembrance, hope, healing, and a time to deal with the enormous pain associated with
such a loss. In addition, it calls out stigma against grieving fathers in general as they sometimes grieve
differently from their partners. They are often pressured to be strong and don't feel free to express their
grief openly. But fathers grieve deeply too and should be allowed to grieve in their own way.
International Bereaved Father’s Day, launched in 2010, was created to raise greater awareness about parents
living after child loss – and allow people to remember the child or children they love and miss openly.
We acknowledge all the grieving dads out there. Whatever feelings today evokes for you are valid.
Art Your Grief Classes with Emily Dilbeck - September 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: Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25 from 3:30 - 4:45 pm PDT/ 5:30 - 6:45 pm CT on zoom $120
Sunday Class: Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27 from 6:30 - 7:45 pm PDT / 8:30 - 9:45 pm CT on zoom $120
Wednesday Class: Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 from 8:30 - 9:45 am PDT / 10:30 - 11:45 am CT $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
Saturday, Sept. 24 from 5-6:15 pm PDT / 7:00 - 8:15 pm CT - $36
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
Coaching Suicide Awareness eSummit 2022
September 10, 2022
Coaching Those Affected By Suicide
In support of the World Suicide Prevention Day, Coaching Suicide Awareness (CSA) will hold their
2nd annual eSummit on September 10, 2022. This year’s emphasis will be on helping people who have been affected by suicide. The event is free to all and offers coaches 7 CCEUs for ICF and CCNI continued education.
Register at: https://coachingsuicideawareness.com/esummit-2022/
Grieve Well: Understanding Grief Webinar
Monday, September 19, 2022, at 7:00 PM EST
Did you know that there are healthy ways to grieve? The first step is to understand this painful but important
part of life. During this presentation from GrieveWell you will learn about grief and the effects it has on one’s physical and emotional health. You will receive information and resources to help you move through your grief journey in a way that leads toward healing. This presentation is for those who are mourning the death of a
loved one, those supporting someone who is grieving, or for those who want more information about grief.
Register for GrieveWell webinars at GrieveWell.com/calendar
GriefShare: Loss of a Spouse Seminar
Sunday, August 28, 2022 at 6:00 PM MST
Tree City Church, 3852 N Eagle Road, Boise, ID
Tree City Church in Boise, Idaho is hosting a special 2-hour GriefShare seminar on the Loss of a Spouse
on Sunday, August 28, 2022 at 6:00 PM MST. (3852 N Eagle Road, Boise, ID).
To get more details and register, please call Laurie at 206-890-8930.
FREE Fall Grief Conference hosted by Mourning Joy
September 27 - 29, 2022 via Zoom
Join MOURNING JOY for their FREE Fall Grief Conference scheduled for Sept. 27, 28, & 29, 2022 with Sonja Camden, CPGC, MSSW, as the keynote speaker. Sonja Camden, Founder & President of Mourning Joy, along
with the Board of Directors, invites you to join Sonja for a FREE 3-day power-packed conference, all from
the comfort of your home via Zoom. A professional comprehensive power point is provided, with each
2-hour session filled with a different topic, yet still specific to grief and how to move forward towards
restored hope. Each day will end with an opportunity for Q&A and a time of sharing.
Reserve your seat soon by emailing at: email@example.com
You will receive a reply upon registration with an ID for daily drawings.
Follow @mourning_joy on Instagram and visit: https://mourningjoy.net/ for more details.
FREE 3-Day Healing After Suicide Challenge
August 22nd - 24th 2022
Have you ever told yourself, “I’m not ready?” Or have you asked yourself, “Will this pain ever go away?”
Perhaps you are taking care of little kids, so finding time to add “grieving” to the never-ending
“to-do” list seems impossible. But what if you could take the mountain that we call “grief” and climb it with
baby steps instead of feeling like you had to “move on” as quickly as possible? What if you could find the
support you knew deep down inside you want and need? How would that help your grieving process?
This is an excellent opportunity to find out! You are invited to take baby steps in your healing after
suicide loss by joining my friend Crystal Partney, founder of Scattering Hope & Owl and Thistle,
for the Healing After Suicide Challenge this month from August 22nd - 24th 2022.
Join the FREE 3-Day Healing After Suicide Challenge Today! Hope and healing await you!
Register for FREE at: https://bit.ly/3SuDJcY
3 Proven Ways to Let Go of Your Guilt After Suicide Loss
Do you wonder if your feelings of guilt will ever go away? Are you constantly ruminating about the
“should haves” and “could haves”? Do you feel guilty for wanting to heal and move forward? If you can relate to any of the above… I have good news for you. Suicide Bereavement Coach, Caro Brookings, has developed a 3-part framework to let go of your guilt after suicide loss, and she will explain it in detail in a
FREE 60-minute live masterclass. It’s called 3 Proven Ways to Let Go of Your Guilt After Suicide Loss.
Sessions are available on August 5th at 11 AM PST or 6th at 5 PM PST.
You’ll find out how to release your feelings of guilt, so you too can find inner peace and joy – no matter
how long you have been bereaved by suicide! Caro has been using her framework to support her clients
who have gone from being stuck in their thoughts of guilt to moving forward with their lives.
In this masterclass you will learn:
- The 3 biggest mistakes you’re making whilst trying to let go of your guilt
(and how they are keeping you stuck)
- How you can move forward (and take your loved one with you)
- How to forgive yourself (because your loved one’s suicide is NOT your fault)
- The BEST way to find inner peace and joy (so you can fully live the life you still get to live)
-Caro's proven 3-part framework to let go of your guilt after suicide loss that gives you permanent transformations without having to constantly try really hard
… and much more!
This free live masterclass could change your life! So come with an open mind, a notepad, and a desire
to TAKE ACTION! Because remember… time alone doesn’t heal all wounds. And if that isn't enough,
everyone who shows up LIVE receives a free surprise gift!
Register at: https://support.suicidebereavementcoaching.com/masterclass
Camp HOPE for Kids
October 8-9, 2022
Camp HOPE is a Wisconsin-based free weekend bereavement camp, open to grieving youth ages 5-18.
Adult family members are welcome to join our adult camp, which is hosted at the same time as the youth camp. Registration for Camp HOPE this fall (October 8-9th) is now open! There is no cost to attend.
Through playing, sharing, and being together in a camp setting with peers and staff who know the pain, the children and teenagers realize that the emotions they feel are a normal part of grief.
What is happening to them happens to others everywhere, and at Camp HOPE, their pain is understood and shared.
Campers will be captivated by the picturesque setting of the campsite, which
features individual cabins, dining, and shower facilities.
Each camper will be housed in small groups of similar-aged campers with three or more volunteer
counselors. The camp is a 400-acre wildlife refuge with a 45-acre private lake that provides each
camper with ample opportunity to enjoy nature.
The Wisconsin Lions Camp is within easy driving distance from all parts of the state.
Camp HOPE rents the Wisconsin Lions Camp (3834 County Road A, Rosholt, WI) in central Wisconsin,
two miles east of Rosholt and sixteen miles northeast of Stevens Point.
Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Camp-HOPE-for-Kids-151221138299947/?hc_ref=SEARCH
For more information or to register, visit: https://www.camphopeforkids.org/
KYMfest 2022 - This Saturday, August 6, 2022
We hope all you locals in the Treasure Valley can join us for the FREE 'KindYourMind' Festival is
Saturday, August 6th at Lakeview Park in Nampa, Idaho, from 11am-7pm.
Our founder Sara Cobb will be there representing My Grief Connection at our information booth.
Spread the word to your family and friends about this awesome community event, and stop by the
My Grief Connection booth to say hello!!!
All are welcome to join this community centered, free family event, KYMfest brings our community in and
human service resources together. KYMfest partners with those who view human beings as naturally kind
and connected and are working to shift toxic norms and create better ways of being. The festival hosts
workshops, demonstrations, speakers, music, performances, vendors, food and activities for all ages.
This event brings together family-oriented resources in the Treasure Valley that aim to reduce violence,
heal trauma, and support people through life transitions.
To keep up to date on information about this event, visit: https://kymfest.com/
and follow @kindyourmind on Instagram and For You Network on Facebook.
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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