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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com 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.
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.
Instagram LIVE Event: Conscious Grief
Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 1:00 PM MST/3:00 PM EST on IGTV @my_grief_connection
Join My Grief Connection founder, Sara Cobb as she speaks with Tara Nash, Spiritual Psychologist,
Kundalini Yoga Teacher, and host of the upcoming Conscious Grief Series. Tara will give us a sneak peak of
what the series sessions will cover! Tara will share about the death of her father from a sudden heart attack
when she was 9 years old and her mother's death from breast cancer when she was 21 years old.
Surprisingly, no therapist or coach ever attributed her struggles to grief. These experiences have inspired
Tara to uncover the mysteries and misidentifications of grief and now she has a passion to share the
gifts of grief and why feeling pain can be our super power!
The FREE Conscious Grief Series: How to Navigate Through Grief to Find Joy, Connection and Happiness Again
begins on May 11, 2021. Sign up to receive two interviews each day for 12 days.
Register for the Conscious Grief Series at: https://www.conscious-grief.com/
Catch the LIVE on IGTV @my_grief_connection on Sunday , May 9, 2021 at 1:00 PM MST/3:00 PM EST.
Connect with Tara on Instagram at @tara_nash_seeker
Join the Facebook community at: https://www.facebook.com/consciousgriefseries
Hurt 2 Hope: Heal the Pain of Loss, Grief, and Adversity - By Betsy Guerra, PhD
I'm so proud of my beautiful friend Dr. Betsy Guerra at Better With Betsy on the publication of her
terrific new book, "Hurt 2 Hope: Heal the Pain of Loss, Grief, and Adversity."
Whether you’ve lost a loved one, been through a divorce, encountered financial or health hardships,
or you’re enduring major change, you know grief. If you are hurting, feeling stuck, or looking for a
light at the end of the tunnel, this book is for you.
After suddenly losing her 3 year old daughter in 2013, Dr. Betsy Guerra met excruciating pain and
hopelessness face-to-face. Her grief journey taught her lessons that superseded the knowledge afforded
by her doctorate degree and decades of clinical practice. Ultimately, Betsy found her way to joy,
while continuing to love and honor her daughter.
Combining her background in clinical psychology with her personal experience and unwavering faith,
Betsy developed the most powerful approach to converting hurt into hope. If you want to learn more
about her amazing Hurt 2 Hope program, visit www.hurt2hope.com for more info.
Dr. Betsy's new book "Hurt 2 Hope" would be a terrific gift option for the grievers
in your life, which might include you.
Fionalees - Rise Again
Fionalees wrote "Rise Again" on 17 April 2020, the day her brother
Carlos Alberto Antonio Campbell died suddenly.
Proceeds of sales will go to Cruse Bereavement Care.
Click the affiliate link to purchase the song for just $1.29:
Follow Fionaless on Instagram at @fionaleesmusic
6th Annual Fall Bereavement Conference
Because Kids Grieve will be hosting the 6th Annual Fall Bereavement Conference
on September 25th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
There will be two great presenters that you won’t want to miss! Nationally recognized bloggers
and speakers on topics related to grief and bereavement, Litsa Williams, MA, LCSW-C and Eleanor Haley, MS
of "What's Your Grief?", will be leading this year's discussion and training.
Their extensive background in leadership and grief and bereavement support will
greatly benefit professionals dealing with these issues.
Social workers, Educators and Counselors may earn 5 CEUs by participating.
Join this online event from your home or office computer. The cost is $25.
To pre-register for the event visit https://becausekidsgrieve.org/contact/ and send a message
requesting a registration form and/or additional info at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call them at 208-352-2994.
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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