This past couple of years have been laden with, trauma, loss, and grief. So many hearts are heavy and hurting
as 2022 is beginning. As hard as 2021 has been it may
be difficult for many who have lost a loved one to be excited for the calendar to change and to have to face a new year without the person(s) they miss so deeply.
The transition to a new year can be so hard when you
are grieving. It can be a harsh reminder that your loved one(s) won't see another year and it may feel like you
are leaving them and/or their memory behind. These
may be very difficult feelings to carry, and it's okay
if you are struggling to process it all. Please be kind
and compassionate with yourself and with those you
know who are grieving. Wishing tender mercies and the
courage to keep moving forward to all who need
encouragement in the coming year. ❤️
Connection Is The Cure
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Ford Idaho Center Arena - 16114 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, ID 83687
FREE ADMISSION, No tickets required
Doors & resource booths open at 5:30 PM
On-stage event begins at 6:30 PM
All are welcome to attend this mental health awareness and suicide
prevention concert event featuring Alex Boyé: Connection Is The Cure on
Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at the Ford Idaho Center Arena.
For more information visit: https://www.connectionisthecureidaho.org/
Blue Christmas Service - College Church of the Nazarene - Nampa, Idaho
December 21, 2021
College Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho, invites you to join them in entering a safe, sacred space together to reflect, remember, extend hospitality and stand in solidarity with one another.
Long-Term Survivors of Suicide Loss Summit
July 21 - 24, 2022
The Long-Term Survivors of Suicide Loss Summit, taking place July 21 - 24, 2022 in
Cleveland, Ohio, provides those who have lost a loved one to suicide several years in the
past or more a unique opportunity to share their experiences, and benefit from constructive
new insights on how to healthily continue their grief journey over time. Those whose loss is
less recent (typically five or more years ago) are encouraged to attend, as the summit will
offer a different perspective than for those whose grief is more recent.
Through workshops, expert-led discussions, and social activities,
participants will engage with topics including:
• the different stages of grief • how to break the silence within families • using art, writing, and physical activity to process feelings over time • the intersection of trauma and long-term suicide loss • the positive aspects of volunteering • suicide and military culture • the relation of spirituality to suicide loss • sharing about suicide loss in the digital age • facilitating support groups for the newly bereaved • turning pain into purpose • the need for self-compassion • coping with long-term grief and depression • and more
The Long-Term Survivors of Suicide Loss Summit is the only conference of its kind, and one that promises to offer participants invaluable strategies to reflect, grow, and continue to heal.
Register at: https://afsp.org/long-term-survivors-of-suicide-loss-summit
Holiday Grief Support Online Summit with After Chloe and Friends
December 22 - 24, 2021
All are invited to join host Melo Garcia along with 30 of her friends and colleagues in the grief and loss
community at the 6th Annual Holiday Grief Support Online Summit with After Chloe and Friends.
My Grief Connection founder, Sara J. Cobb, is honored to be involved in the discussion on the Faith & Grief Panel.
The summit will cover all types of loss and give you support to get through the holidays.
Join the waitlist for this FREE summit, available from December 22 - 24, 2021.
Register to attend HERE
Art Your Grief Classes with Emily Dilbeck
January 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2022 from 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM PST
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: January 9, 16, 23, 30 , 2022, Sundays 3:30 - 4:45 PM PT on Zoom, 75 minute sessions,
$120 for the class. 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.
Private Sessions: You can schedule private Art Your Grief sessions if that’s more your jam. 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 (or you can continue creating).
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
The Longest Night Service
Tree City Church Boise Campus: 3852 N Eagle Road Boise, ID 83713
December 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM MST
The service is titled, “The Longest Night” because so often the glow of
Christmas lights, holiday cheer, and Advent candles can feel unreachable to
those surrounded by loss or grief. The longest night of the year, winter solstice,
takes place on December 21st. This service is a safe space for those who are
struggling to feel the joy and light of this holiday season due to loss of any kind.
This service is not intended to be a service of healing, but an acknowledgment
of the hole grief leaves in one’s heart while simultaneously remembering
that we worship a God who is with us, even in the darkest of times
Kids Ministry for ages Birth - Kindergarten available during this special service.
For more information visit: https://tinyurl.com/longestnightDec21
Let's (NOT) Talk About It Podcast - Season 2, Episode 6
Left Behind: A Story of Murder Suicide
Sara Cobb is, unfortunately, no stranger to death and grief. Her oldest brother, Stephen, died as a child
when he climbed up a power pole. He was electrocuted while his younger brother, Skyler, helplessly
watched. Skyler was never the same after that. Decades later, Sara received a call that Skyler and his
fiancée had died in a murder-suicide. This unimaginable tragedy led Sara to learn about grief counseling,
mental health and trauma in order to help others. She formed the first-ever support group for
murder-suicide survivors -- a club no one wants to belong to, as she puts it.
The episode is available to listen to on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
Follow Let's (NOT) Talk About It on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/LNTalkaboutit
Visit the Let's (NOT) Talk About It website at: https://letsnottalkaboutit.com/
The Longest Season Service
Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 PM CT
The Longest Season Service is a free, ecumenical offering of the Center of Addiction & Faith
via Zoom on Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 PM CT. All are invited. Some call it Blue Christmas
or the Longest Night. For people with history—long or recent—of grief, trauma, depression
or loss, the holidays are not “the most wonderful time of the year” as Andy Williams has
been insisting since 1963. In the Western Christian tradition, many denominations hold a
special service to support those for whom the holidays hold a mixed bag of emotions.
This special service will contain elements of worship, gratitude, prayer, music, sharing and
the healing light of hope. Usually held at the time of the winter solstice, December 21st,
the traditional service coincides with the feast day of Saint Thomas the Apostle, who struggled
to believe in Jesus’s resurrection. Attendees are encouraged to bring a candle, which we will
light together at the end of the ceremony to introduce our grief and loss to the light of healing.
Register at: https://tinyurl.com/longestseason
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) Worldwide Candle Lighting
December 12, 2021, at 7:00 PM in All Four Time Zones
One of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) most beloved events of the year is the touching
TCF Worldwide Candle Lighting remembrance. At 7 PM in each time zone, on the second Sunday of each December candles are lit in loving memory of children, siblings, and grandchildren gone too soon. Hundreds of special candle lighting programs are held around the USA (and internationally), TCF will again be having a Virtual Worldwide Candle Lighting program, held in all four USA Time Zones (Pacific, Mountain, Central, and Eastern) at 7 PM.
Sign up in order to view it at:
Please join millions around the globe to honor those loved ones gone from our sight
but never our hearts, that their light may always shine.
Preventing a Crisis: Straight Talk on Youth Mental Health & Suicide
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM MST
Northwest Nazarene University Brandt Center Auditorium
623 S. University Blvd. Nampa, Idaho 83651
Due to recent deaths by suicide among our Canyon County students, we need to have a serious conversation
with parents and guardians about youth mental health including anxiety, depression, and suicide.
This adults-only conversation will highlight prevention and intervention resources and strategies.
Dealing with Grief During the Holidays
December 10-11, 2021
Do you say yes to invites when you want to say no?
Do you struggle with saying your loved one died by suicide?
Does the death of your loved one make you feel powerless?
Do you struggle with seeing holiday decorations?
The holidays are just around the corner, and this can be a challenging time for many;
especially for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Peggy Green has created a powerful and timely virtual event that is FREE for all to attend. Dealing with Grief During the Holidays
is a free, two-day virtual summit designed with you in mind. On December 10-11, you'll
receive the tools and strategies that you need to cope with the pain of the loss of your loved
one throughout the holidays. This summit is a blueprint for dealing with grief during
the holidays and how to survive your suicide loss.
This will allow you to say no instead of yes.
You will no longer struggle with accepting how your loved one died.
You will take back your power.
You will understand the importance of memories of your loved one.
To gather more information and to register please visit: https://www.theegriefspecialist.com/summit
Watch a preview video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teO2Co7xIR
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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