Healthy Remembrance Memorial Ornament Grief Art Workshop
The holidays are upon us and it is extra important to take intentional time to care for yourself and to remember
and honor the love ones you've lost. Grief always seems to tougher around the holidays, but the chaos and isolation of 2020 is unlike anything we've ever faced. That's why Danica Thurber at Project Grief put together
this Healthy Remembrance Memorial Ornament grief art workshop.
In this workshop you'll learn how to make a beautiful ornament that contains hand-written memories.
The trouble is that the holidays are here, but our lost loved ones not. It can be tempting to either push thoughts
of a lost loved one away, OR sink into the depths of despair. That’s why doing something productive -
making something with your hands! - can be so helpful.
This ornament is made out of a toilet paper roll. Before making the snowflake, you’ll have time to reflect
and write a memory or a letter to your lost loved one.
Watch it and participate for FREE. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/Wzg8oEJQIkQ
If you’re interested in learning more about Project Grief resources
or purchasing a course, please visit with my affiliate link:
After Chloe and Friends Online Summit: The Resilience of Living and Grieving,
FREE from Dec 22 - 29, 2020
Be sure to register to get the link to watch online for free!
Learn your resilience of living and grieving when dealing with the loss that you are facing.
Get practical resources and tools to help you create a life of living.
Register for FREE at: https://afterchloe-com-3eed.mykajabi.com/opt-in-to-summit
The Curious Observer: Understanding the Behavior of Grieving Children Webinar
Join Highmark Caring Place on January 13, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST for, "The Curious Observer: Understanding the Behavior of Grieving Children," which is a part of the FREE Grief Talks Webinar Series.
This webinar will discuss how behaviors can serve as a manifestation of children’s grief. As a caring adult,
you will learn activities and interactions that can support the children in your life through their grief work.
During this webinar, participants will:
1. Learn how behavior (such as play) is a form of communication for children from birth into adulthood.
2. Recognize how behaviors can serve as an expression of a child’s grief.
3. Identify activities and interactions that support children in their grief work.
Register for FREE at www.bit.ly/grieftalkcurious
One of our MGC community members, Melanie Myers, recently shared a poem she wrote to her loving mother, Barbara Heinz, for the one year anniversary of her death due to stage four breast cancer.
She wants touch grieving hearts who feel like she does to let them know that they are not alone. She hopes that her mother is looking down on her with pride that she is using her pain and sorrow to help others.
Thank you Melanie for sharing your heart and a bit of your mom with us!
A Letter to My Angel - By Melanie Myers
I think about you all the time, I often call your name.
I know I couldn't save you but I still feel I'm to blame.
No matter what I try to do, I can not ease the pain.
People say that it will take some time but things will never be the same.
The guilt I felt, the tears I cried the day I watched you pass, I
know if you were here right now you would probably kick my ass,
but as I lay awake at night and think what I should do.
It also makes me realize how much I'm just like you.
You always were my hero, you were always my best friend.
I told you I was with you from then until the end.
You always were the strong one, you knew just what to say.
I lost the biggest part of me the day you passed away.
I feel so lost without you, I know I must go on.
But I don't know where to go from here, now that you are gone.
I held your hand, I dried your tears, did all I could to calm your fears.
But now that you're not here with me, I don't know what to do.
This life is almost to much to bear, now that I don't have you.
With everyday that passes I only miss you.
Silent Night Support
Thursday, Dec 24, 2020, Christmas Eve from 3:00 - 3:45 PM EST
Are you silently grieving a loss? For those missing a loved one this Christmas Eve, all is NOT calm and bright.
Silent Night Support is a virtual meeting to honor and speak of the people in our lives that we love but
can't be with this Christmas Eve.
The loss you or your family is experiencing does NOT have to be due to the death of a loved one.
Please attend if you are grieving a loved one you can't be with for any reason. It could be addiction,
incarceration, or untreated mental health issues, among other unfortunate situations.
This is a non-religious event and all are welcome.
Come to honor your loved one and find a few moments of comfort amongst the chaos.
If you would like to participate in the family-friendly grief activity that will be demonstrated,
please have the following available:
Small candle - electronic candles are better for young children
A clear glass jar candle holder
Clear modge podge
Tissue paper in different colors
A photo of the loved one (optional)
Words cut from a magazine that honor the loved one
Take care of yourself, find a moment of comfort and share your loss with others who can hold it with you this Christmas Eve. This special event will be hosted by Beth Tyson, MA, a psychotherapist, grief and trauma
specialist, and "motherless mom". She created Silent Night Support because she wants to offer you a
space to express your grief and connect with others on this tender night.
To learn more about Beth Tyson, Trauma Care please visit her website www.BethTyson.com.
Please register now to save your spot at https://tinyurl.com/silentnightsupport
The Longest Night in the Longest Year
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 5:00 PM MST / 7:00 PM EST
Join Pastor Carol Betts and others to acknowledge and give voice to the
many losses we have experienced in 2020 for this virtual, live event,
hosted by New Albany UMC.
Blue Christmas Service
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:30 PM MST
504 E Dewey Ave, Nampa, ID 83686
Recognizing that this season may be difficult for many, the staff at Nampa College Church has created a Blue Christmas Service, Monday, December 21. 2020 at 6:30pm. This service of lament, liturgy and remembrance invites us to reflect on the pain, the loneliness and sadness we may feel during Christmas time and offer it to God for healing and transformation. This service is not just for those who have lost loved one in this year.
This service is also for those who have faced difficulties with health, a job loss, financial setbacks, and situations that may have caused pain, confusion and fear. You are invited to come as you are, come with
your burdens and your concerns, and come knowing that God hears the cries of our laments.
This service will follow the COVID recommendations in place at Nampa College Church of the Nazarene.
Covid Memorial Service
All are welcome by Grace Fellowship to attend a special online
Covid Memorial Service to remember and honor the loved ones lost due to
Covid-19. This is open to everyone, no matter who you are or where you are.
Visit the Covid Memorial Wall to view stories and submit your own stories.
Join the service on Dec 13th at 6pm CST / 7pm EST / 5pm MST / 4pm PST.
The Facebook event can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1801096373379112
Woman Uses Life Experiences to Help Others Dealing With Grief - WREG News Story
Check out this great TV news story that aired today on the WREG in Memphis, TN
about the "Hope in the Holidays" webinar My Grief Connection founder, Sara Cobb
was blessed to participate in last weekend.
This great event was wonderfully hosted by Maya J. McNeary of The Grief Plus Hope Journey.
I feel so grateful and honored to have been included in this hope-filled outreach to those who
are grieving during the holidays, along with the other amazing sibling loss survivors who are
also sharing their stories to help other grievers find hope, including Andrea A. Moore of
From Grief to Grind & La'Keshia Allen from A Sibling to Love.
Watch the video and read the article here: https://tinyurl.com/helpdealingwithgrief
Sara J. Cobb,
Blue Christmas / Noël Blue
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM MST
Blue Christmas (sometimes called The Longest Night) in the Western Christian tradition, is a day in the Advent season marking the longest night of the year. On this day, some churches hold a service that honors people that have lost love ones and are experiencing grief. This worship service is traditionally held
on or around the longest night of the year, which falls on or about December 21th, the Winter Solstice.
The service often includes opportunities for expression of grief, pain and lament as well as an
opportunity to focus on the promise of hope.
In collaboration with the West Island United Churches, the ORA Loss & Living Program is presenting their
Blue Christmas / Noël Bleu virtual program. They invite you to enter this meditative space where grief, loss
and hope can be expressed freely and without judgment.
Register for this FREE event at: https://tinyurl.com/bleunoel
Sunrise Retreats - Holiday Lights Stroll at Scentsy Commons - 15 Dec 2020
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 6:30 - 7:20 PM MST
Scentsy Commons at the Main Entrance, located at 2901 E. Pine Meridian Idaho, 83642
Join Sunrise Retreats for their December Widow Connect event on Tuesday, December 15th for a Holiday Lights Stroll at Scentsy Commons. Bring your favorite warm beverage and get into the festive spirit by walking through hundreds of lights bundled up in your favorite sweater! Enjoy a casual stroll through the bright lights that
cover more than 450 trees and stretch over 43 miles.
Find out the details here: https://buff.ly/2K1Eg7N
Surviving the Holidays After the Loss of a Loved One
Dr. Betsy Guerra of Better With Betsy is going to share HOW to honor your loved ones during the
holiday season in her FREE Webinar, "Surviving the Holidays After the Loss of a Loved On",
Tuesday, December 15th at 8:00 PM (EST).
Join her as she shares how she survives the holidays and learn:
How to prepare
How to honor the loss of your loved one
Register for FREE at www.hurt2hope.com/webinar
GriefShare at Nampa First Church of the Nazarene - Begins 17 Jan 2021
601 16th Ave South, Nampa, Idaho 83651
Have you recently lost a loved one? GriefShare classes will begin on Sunday, January 17, 2021. Classes will be meeting during the Sunday School hour (10:00-11:15 AM) upstairs in the sanctuary in room S255.
This is a 13 week video/discussion series with a workbook led by Don Ludwig and Marsha Rogers.
Please pre-register by contacting the Nampa First Church office at 208-466-3549 or
Marsha Rogers at 208-989-1098, or online at www.griefshare.com
Group Facilitators: Don Ludwig and Marsha Rogers, (208) 989-1098
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting on the 2nd Sunday in December unites family
and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons,
daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon.
As candles are lit on December 13th, 2020 at 7:00 pm local time around the world, hundreds of thousands
of people commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.
Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the annual WCL, a gift to the
bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of
light as it moves from time zone to time zone.
TCF’s WCL started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance and has since swelled in
numbers as word has spread throughout the world. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held,
and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes, as families gather in quiet
remembrance of children who have died and will never be forgotten.
You can join in with the TCF virtual worldwide candle lighting memorial service on
Dec 13th for EST, CST, Mountian & PST Zones.
Register now to attend the candle lighting at 6:45 PM for each time zone: https://tinyurl.com/TCFcandle
Nampa Public Library Offers FREE Virtual Behavioral Health Counseling Services
Nampa Public Library members can now a sign up for secure and FREE virtual counseling with
Natalie Millett, LPC, NCC, from Treasure Valley Compassionate Therapy, LLC. This is for ages 18 and older.
The Be Well Nampa project is funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) through
the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award.
In order to fulfill grant requirements, this opportunity is for residents of Nampa, Idaho only.
For more information and to make an appointment visit: http://nampalibrary.org/counseling/
You can also call 208-391-3141 or email email@example.com to request an appointment.
Addressing Grief with Art Therapy
Join UAB's Alys Stephen's Center for this month's FREE 'Virtual Mental Health Monday' on
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm CST / 7:00 pm EST.
Guest speakers, Drs. Patricia D. Isis and Christianne Strang, will share their professional
insight into addressing grief with art therapy.
Register at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1630199340475597/
Treasure Wellness Counseling and Training Center Grief & Loss Support Group
In this group you can share with others who are struggling. You will be supported in activities
which help you reflect on your grief. You will have the opportunity to learn techniques to help cope
with the feelings which accompany the loss. You will be encouraged to discuss feelings and learn effective
ways to express your loss. This is an open group with walk-ins welcome. If it is a holiday,
please call 208-515-7661 to confirm that the group is being held that day. They do not charge a fee
to participate in this group. Donations are accepted and appreciated, however are NOT required.
The Meridian group meets in the conference room at the Meridian, Idaho location of Treasure Wellness Counseling and Training Center on Tuesdays from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. When entering the main doors to the building, go
straight through the door in the back right of the lobby area, down the hallway and the room is through
the last door on the left of the hallway.
2176 E. Franklin Rd. Suite 100, Meridian, Idaho 83642
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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