Boise Death Café
January 10, 2023, at 6:00 PM MST
Boise Public Library in Collister Center (4724 W State St, Boise, ID 83703)
The Boise Death Café provides an opportunity for an open conversation about death. Facilitators will guide
the process. You are invited to join the conversation and bring your curiosity, your interest, and your experiences. All are welcome and invited to participate! Free to attend and no registration required. Cookies
and tea will be served! The next meeting of the Boise Death Cafe will be on January 10, 2023, at 6:00 PM
at the Boise Public Library in Collister Center (4724 W State St, Boise, ID 83703).
For more in the international Death Cafe movement visit www.deathcafe.com
For specific questions for the facilitators of this event in Boise email firstname.lastname@example.org
December 26, 2022 to January 1, 2023
Kwanzaa is a seven-day, non-religious celebration honoring African heritage in African American culture and takes place from December 26th to January 1st. The name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning "first fruits of the harvest." During the week of Kwanzaa, families and communities come together to share a feast, to honor the ancestors, affirm the bonds between them, and to celebrate African and African American culture. Each day they light a candle to highlight the principle of that day and to breathe meaning into the principles with various activities, such as reciting the sayings or writings of great black thinkers and writers, reciting original poetry, African drumming, and sharing a meal of African diaspora-inspired foods. The table is decorated with the essential symbols of Kwanzaa. All Seven Principles of Kwanzaa are inspiring, uplifting, positive, and centered on traditions of the African harvest season.
1. Umoja: Unity - To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
2. Kujichagulia: Self-Determination - To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves,
and speak for ourselves.
3. Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility - To build and maintain our community together and make
our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and solve them together.
4. Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics - To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses
and to profit from them together.
5. Nia: Purpose - To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order
to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
6. Kuumba: Creativity - To always do as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our
community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
7. Imani: Faith - To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders,
and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Let the light of Kwanzaa bring peace to your heart & home.
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Healing Through the Holidays After Suicide Loss:
Tips For Navigating The Holiday Season Your Way
This video interview is hosted by Carolin Brookings, a suicide bereavement coach, and
features her interview with Sara J. Cobb, founder of My Grief Connection
Key Points From This Chat:
- Find out how you can go through the Holiday season without your person
- Understand how you can honor yourself and what your self-care routine can
look like during the Holidays
- Hear tips to help you navigate the festive period while you're grieving
Caro Brookings is a Certified NeuroCoach and suicide bereavement coach. She uses brain-based, science-backed methods, as well as drawing from her vast experience, to support her clients in finding inner peace and
even joy again - for good. Connect with Caro at https://suicidebereavementcoaching.com/
Sara J. Cobb is the Founder of My Grief Connection, a hub of grief resources and a growing support community.
My Grief Connection aims to empower grievers to find resources, connect to community, and grow hope, by
guiding them toward their personal healing path. Sara felt called to connect fellow grievers with resources to
find hope and healing after loss following the tragic deaths of her two older brothers, 43 years apart – one by
a freak accident and one in a murder-suicide. In the fall of 2021, she returned to university to pursue a Master's
of Science in Counseling Education with a focus on Clinical Mental Health Counseling in grief, crisis, and trauma. Sara is also the co-leader of a virtual support group for survivors of murder-suicide loss.
Connect with Sara at https://www.mygriefconnection.org/
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The Longest Night Service
Tree City Church, 3852 N. Eagle Rd., Boise, ID 83713
Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at 7:00 PM MST
The constant refrains we see about the holiday season's happiness, and getting together with family and
friends, remind many people of what they have lost. So often, the glow of Christmas lights, holiday cheer, and Advent candles can feel unreachable to those surrounded by loss or grief. The death of a loved one can make us
feel alone amid the celebration and joy. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness; we need to
know that we are not alone.If you haven't heard of it before, Blue Christmas is sometimes called The Longest
Night in the Western Christian tradition. This service is traditionally held on or near the longest night of the
year, December 21st, the Winter Solstice. It honors people who have lost loved ones and are experiencing grief
or loss of any kind. Usually, it includes opportunities for expressing grief, pain, and lament, as well as a
chance to focus on the promise of hope. This service is a safe space for those who are struggling to feel the joy
and light of this holiday season due to the loss of any kind. This service is not intended to be a healing service,
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 and longest of nights. For those in the Boise, Idaho
area, you are invited to join Tree City Church (3852 N. Eagle Rd., Boise, ID 83713) for their Longest Night
service on December 21, 2022, at 7:00 PM MST. Kids ministry will be available for ages birth thru grade 4.
Learn more here: https://treecitychurch.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1503744
Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group
NAMI Wood River Valley is offering a virtual Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group on the
First Tuesday Every Month, 5:30 - 6:30 PM MST.
Zoom Code: 831 8174 7084
The Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group is a judgment-free, safe space for those who are mourning
the loss of a loved one to suicide. Participants have the opportunity to meet and engage with other
Survivors, share their stories, and integrate grief as part of their daily life.
For more info, visit: www.namiwrv.org
Candlelight Service of Remembrance with Kara Grief
December 8, 2022. at 7:00 PM PST
All are invited to join Kara Grief for a meaningful evening of remembrance where personal sharing on the themes
of Memory, Hope, Love, Courage and Community come together with live music and culminate in a special candle lighting ceremony to honor loved ones who have died. For those joining online, please feel free to use a standard
or electronic candle as part of the closing ceremony. This hybrid service is open to all. The Candlelight Service
of Remembrance service will take place at First Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto, CA (1140 Cowper Street.)
December 8, 2022. at 7:00 PM PST and will be Live-Streamed via Zoom. This hybrid service is open to all.
Register to attend the Live-Stream at: https://kara-grief.org/events/2022-candlelight-service-of-remembrance/
Handling the Holidays FREE Virtual Online Gathering
Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at 7:30 PM CST
Grieving? Wondering how to handle the holidays? Join the folks at Faith & Grief Ministries for their virtual "Handling the Holidays" online grief support gathering. Please share and invite family and friends to join
in these discussions. Support gatherings are offered at no cost to participants.
RSVP at the link in bio @faithandgrief or at: https://www.faithandgrief.org/events/
Kids2Kids Boise December Meeting
Join Because Kids Grieve for their Kids2Kids Boise December Meeting on the topic of "Surprise, Shock,
and Denial," on December 20, 2022, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at A New Beginning Adoption Agency
(8660 W. Emerald St., Suite 142, Boise, Idaho 83704).
This FREE evening includes a dinner, guardian/parent break out group & children/teen break
out group, both involving theme related activities and interactions.
To register visit www.becausekidsgrieve.org.
For more info about the program, please contact April Lopas at 208-318-8359 or Cheryl Haney 208-409-6680.
Healing to the Max Holiday Grief Support Groups
The holiday season can be daunting when we are bereaved by a traumatic loss by suicide.
Healing to The Max has scheduled extra sessions in their compassionate communities of support to help
as you navigate this complex experience of grief before, during and after the holiday season.
CONTACT: Jill Cowan at 306-955-7306 to register for a session and get the FREE ZOOM LINK.
To find out more about all Healing to the Max has to offer, visit: https://healingtothemax.org/wp/
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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