Sunrise Retreats Holiday Light Display Stroll
December 8, 2021, at 6:00 PM MST.
Local Boise Areas Widows, join Sunrise Retreats as they gather for a casual but "bright" stroll through the
Scentsy Commons Holiday Light display in Meridian, Idaho, on December 8, 2021,
at 6:00 PM MST. Please remember to wear warm clothes and comfortable walking shoes.
Meet them at the event entrance, and look for the Sunrise Retreats banner/flag.
Register at: https://sunriseretreat.org/december-scentsy-lights
Find out more at: www.sunriseretreat.org
Surviving the Holidays Without You - Facebook LIVE Replay
Join My Grief Connection founder, Sara Cobb, and Ashley Jackson, author and caregiver
advocate of Timeless Dream Events on Facebook LIVE replay as they discuss what the holidays
look like for those who may have lost a loved one. This is for all those who need a bit of
encouragement as we dive into the holiday season!
They discuss different ways to cope, realizing that we all grieve differently.
They talk about ways to just getting through the holidays in one piece and with some peace of mind!
Follow them both on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/timelessdreamevents & www.facebook.com/mygriefconnection
Surviving the Holidays Without You - Facebook LIVE
Saturday, November 20th at 2:00 PM EST
Join My Grief Connection founder, Sara Cobb, and Ashley Jackson, author and caregiver advocate
of Timeless Dream Events on Saturday, November 20th at 2:00 PM EST on Facebook LIVE as they
discuss what the holidays look like for those who may have lost a loved one. This is for all those
who need a bit of encouragement as we dive into the holiday season! They will discuss different ways
to cope, realizing that we all grieve differently. They'll talk about ways to just getting through the
holidays in one piece and with some peace of mind!
Follow them on Facebook for the full live at https://www.facebook.com/timelessdreamevents
or at www.facebook.com/mygriefconnection
Lament Service: Who Is Missing?
November 20, 2021 at 6:00 PM MST
Vineyard Boise in the Sanctuary - 4950 N. Bradley, Garden City, ID 83714
The holiday season is a really difficult time for many families who have faced loss.
That is especially felt this year in light of the COVID spread and
deaths in our community. Join the Vineyard Boise for an evening to come together,
weep together, and acknowledge the loss and to lean into hope.
For more information visit: https://www.vineyardboise.org/events
The Kentucky Center for Grieving Children and Families
The Kentucky Center for Grieving Children and Families, Inc. just launched in the fall of 2021 and provides
its community grief services free of charge. Through donations and community support they provide activities
and programs that support Kentucky families as they grieve and heal. KCGCF offers student grief support groups and family/caregiver education and support for youth and families in the following schools in Fayette County, Kentucky. If you are interested in having your child join a grief support group, please contact the school’s
Family Resource and Youth Services Center or email email@example.com.
The KCGCF also works with grieving families to provide community referrals for additional services and
supports, including individual therapy and therapeutic recreation opportunities. The KCGCF offers expert
training in youth bereavement (its hallmarks, trauma-informed strategies for supporting grieving children,
how to support grieving families and encourage resilient parenting). Presentations and training can be
arranged for schools, churches, social service agencies, workplaces, and community groups. In 2022, they
hope to launch free, community-based grief support groups for children and youth ages 4-18, organized by children’s ages. Talk time will be combined with play and other types of creative healing experiences (such
as art, writing, or music). Concurrent parent and caregiver groups will help caregivers understand youth bereavement and offer parenting techniques to strengthen the family as they heal and move forward.
To find out more information or to get involved with KCGCF, visit them at:
Finding Our Way Men's Support Group
Group meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at 6 PM, MST, starting November 16, 2021
Session Dates: 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4, 1/11
The “Finding Our Way” Men's Support Group hosted by Eric's House will meet on Tuesday evenings at
6:00 PM MST, from November 16th until January 11th. You do not have to live in Phoenix to join this virtual support group. This group focuses on the challenge of integrating your loss to define a new version of yourself, find meaning and purpose, and receive and give support to others. It is open to men who have lost a child,
spouse, sibling, parent, or close friend. Members will empower one another to find the courage to face the
most broken and lost places within themselves, and strive to discover acceptance.
EricsHouse Men’s Groups create a safe space where you can risk sharing your loss and pain in the
presence of other men who have their own deep personal experiences of loss – who will not judge
you, presume to ‘fix’ you, invade you, or abandon you.
“Finding Our Way” Group Structure:
- 9 week closed group limited to 12 members.
- Co-facilitated by Greg Eckerman and Ken Slesarik.
- Meetings will be virtual (on-line)
- They follow "The Wilderness of Grief – Finding Your Way," by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.
They welcome new and previous Men’s Group members. If you have suffered a tragic loss and are struggling
to figure out how to survive, please contact Greg (firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-734-3423) to learn whether
this group might be right for you. Pre-registration is required! If someone you know is struggling with his
loss, please gently encourage him to contact Greg, and visit www.ericshouse.org for details.
Kid 2 Kid Birthday Party: A Celebration of Our Loved Ones
November 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM MST
459 Shoup Ave, Twin Falls, Idaho, 83301
Because Kids Grieve invites all children ages 6-17 to join in a celebration of their special loved one who
has died and honor their birthday. The Kid 2 Kid Birthday Party is the kickoff for Children's Grief
Awareness Day on November 18th as we honor and celebrate loved ones. The in-person party begins at 12:00 PM MST, on November 13th, and includes lunch. Birthday Cake will conclude the party at
2:00 PM MST. CRAFT ACTIVITIES include: Illuminating HOPE—Creating a Butterfly of Hope, Honoring
your loved one by planting flower bulbs in the BKG Memorial Garden, Holding on to Hope Art Activity
& Sharing with others memories of loved one. All activities are FREE.
To register call 208-352-2994 and leave a message,
or email email@example.com to RSVP that you’re coming.
Memories in Music
November 27, 2021 at 4:00 PM PST / 7:00 PM EST
On Saturday, November 27th singer/songwriter Michael Waite will offer a Memories in Music virtual event, live at
4:00 PM PST / 7:00 PM EST on the Clear Mourning website. This will be a sweet time to gather as a family to celebrate what you’re thankful for and bring back warm holiday memories. Using the Language of Memory in his unique and tender way, Michael will help you express your grief and celebrate your love, giving new meaning to your memories as he plays and sets your song, with your story, just for you. You can Request a song in honor/memory of your departed loved one by November 20th so that Michael can sing to you on November 27th.
RSVP at https://clearmourning.org/events/memories-in-music-w-michael-waite/?mc_cid=8b90cd2082&mc_eid=867eaafcac
El Día de Muertos / Day of the Dead
El Día de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a a joyous tradition from pre-hispanic times that has
become a beautiful day of commemoration and remembrance of deceased loved ones. Celebrated
mostly in Mexico and parts of South and Central America, Day of the Dead has also become
increasingly popular in many communities around the world.
It is a special day set aside to assure that people are not forgotten and still remain present in our lives.
It is a day to pause our grief and mourning and celebrate the departed with activities they enjoyed,
food, drink, dancing, dressing up, and singing. Through these ways we continue and embrace our
relationships with the ones we love and miss.
Do you celebrate Día de Muertos? If so share in the comments the ways you commemorate your loved ones.
All Saints' Day - November 1, 2021
All Saints' Day is a sacred feast day celebrated the day after All Hallows' Eve on 1st of November by
Anglicans and Roman Catholics. It is an opportunity for believers to remember all saints and martyrs, known
and unknown, who lived lives of holiness throughout Christian history. Many bereaved offer cemetery and
grave rituals such as the placing of flowers, burning of candles, leaving of remembrance tokens and the offering
up of prayers or blessings at the graves of loved ones on All Saints Day.
Many believe the veil between the land of the living and the dead is thinnest at this time of the year.
What do you think? Do you celebrate All Saints' Day?
If so, what do you do to let your loved ones know you are thinking of them?
November is Worldwide Bereaved Siblings Month
Please take some time to reach out to someone you know who has lost a sibling(s), acknowledge the loss
and show them that you care. The loss of a sibling often causes deep pain and heartache that nobody
can imagine who has not gone through it themselves. Sibling grief is often misunderstood and
marginalized and siblings are sometimes called 'the forgotten mourners."
The focus of the loss is usually on the parents, child, or spouse of the deceased, and rightly so, but the
siblings may feel like their grief is overshadowed by the grief of other family members. Siblings suffer tremendously when they lose one another, especially so if the death is sudden or out of order. Often times
surviving siblings feel survivor's guilt, abandonment, loss of innocence, family dysfunction, somatic
symptoms, fear and anxiety when their brother or sister dies. Sibling relationships often hold deeply
complex, rich attachments, so when one dies the other is often left feeling untethered and like they have
had a limb amputated. Their memory keeper and life witness has suddenly disappeared forever.
Often our siblings hold truer knowledge of us than anyone else, perhaps even ourselves. With the
death of a sibling the shared history they had, and hoped for future they wanted to have with them is
lost and that creates a great deal of uncertainty, insecurity and anxiety, and that usually goes
unacknowledged and misunderstood by others.
There is a saying that rings true that, "When a parent dies, you lose the past.
When a child dies, you lose the future. When a sibling dies, you lose the past and the future."
This November make an effort to connect with someone you know who has lost a sibling…even if it was years ago. Let them know you’re thinking about them and how sorry you are for the pain of their loss.
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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