Understanding Your Grief: Men's Support Group
Hosted by Eric's House this virtual men's support group will meet on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 PM EST, from
June 1st through July 27th (6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, no meeting 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, & 7/27.) Members will
empower one another to find the courage to face the most broken and lost places within themselves, and strive to discover acceptance. Email Greg Eckerman at email@example.com to determine if this is the right group for you.
Cost for this Men’s Group will be $45, reading materials and a journal.
For more information visit: https://www.ericshouse.org/event/men-growing-through-our-grief/2021-06-01/?fbclid=IwAR34wWl0Eq1GGCEmQC5SreHeGnSEQXntCc6AyKqWEMchYF_ZSB7ca0ouyQU
Guest Blog by Amy Collett
Meditation as a Coping Strategy: How to Revitalize Your Body, Mind, and Spirit
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Experiencing loss, excess stress, undue financial strain, changing family dynamics, and countless other external forces can be extremely challenging, especially during a pandemic. While starting up a hobby or creating new at-home routines can help ease the negative thoughts and emotions and monotony, an alternative to combating these stressors is meditation. Incorporating meditation into your life can help encourage calm amid pandemic chaos. But the benefits can extend well into the future, too. Dive deeper into meditation (and how to DIY at home) here with My Grief Connection.
Emerging research suggests that meditation is beneficial for both your body and mind. Of course, people who have been meditating for years have already felt the difference that daily practice makes in their lives. Want to know more about why you should choose meditation?
Meditation Shows Promise for People with Grief and Depression
Research on mindfulness and meditation suggests that regular practice may play a part in coping with depression and grief. Results are inconclusive in studies so far, but many researchers are spurred to learn more based on their own positive experiences with meditating and prioritizing mindfulness.
Meditation May Help Ease Physical Pain
Studies suggest that mindfulness meditation-based action can improve “chronic pain symptomology.” Participants in one study reported a better quality of life after finishing an eight-week meditation program. The results lasted at least three years, suggesting that any amount of meditation can make an impact.
Meditation Might Relieve Worrisome Symptoms
Though meditation isn’t a cure-all for every ailment, it can help reduce your blood pressure, banish symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and even alleviate insomnia, studies suggest. These physical benefits may reduce the need for some medications – though you should always consult with your physician before changing your regimen.
How to Start (at Home)
You can start meditating at home in a few simple steps. But first, you’ll need a safe, relaxing, and comfortable area to begin your mindfulness practice. To achieve a calmer space, clean and de-clutter it, and let in some fresh air. You don't need a lot of equipment to get started with meditation -- it is recommended that you have a mat or comfortable cushion to sit on. Whether you're listening to a guided meditation or calming music, a soundbar can enhance your mediation sessions by providing high-quality sound.
Meditation for Beginners
Starting out with meditation can feel intimidating, but it can be as simple and personal as you desire. Expert support is ideal, of course, but you can begin with deep breathing exercises to help melt stress away and spend some rejuvenating me-time in a quiet corner of the house.
Positive Psychology suggests beginner-friendly techniques such as breathing, focus, and mantra meditations. But the beauty of this mind-opening activity is that you can make it your own. Of course, if you’re looking for guidance to get to expert-level and really change your life and perceptions, consider seeking professional support.
Where to Turn for Support
Navigating meditation on your own can seem intimidating. Plus, common barriers to truly becoming mindful and entering a meditative state can stop you from making progress. The solution is to collaborate with an expert in meditation and mindful breathing techniques.
You can get one-on-one support, either in person or remotely, to change your approach to meditation. Over time, you’ll find that regular meditation cracks your horizons wide open and exposes you to growth you never thought you could achieve on your own.
Whether you go it solo or enlist the help of a coach or partner, dedicate some of your time to meditation. It can provide you with healing and better coping techniques, whether you're dealing with loss, financial hardships, or pandemic-related stress.
If you're experiencing loss of any kind, or would like to support an individual who's dealing with grief, visit My Grief Connection for helpful resources such as support groups and grief services.
Amy Collett is creator of Biz Well, a website that helps professionals and entrepreneurs build and strengthen their personal brand. When she isn’t helping clients boost their careers or businesses, she enjoys coaching her daughter’s soccer team and training to become a yoga instructor.
FREE Conscious Grief Series: How to Navigate Through Grief to Find Joy, Connection and Happiness AgainRead Now
FREE Conscious Grief Series: How to Navigate Through Grief to Find Joy, Connection and Happiness Again
Hosted by Tara Nash beginning on May 11, 2021.
Sign up to receive two interviews each day for 12 days.
Register at: https://www.conscious-grief.com/
This series of online interviews will cover topics including:
- How grief and anxiety are connected
- Child Loss
- How grief stays with you, but changes over time
- How grief manifests in the body
- Loss of a spouse
- How pets grieve as well
- How grief manifests in romantic relationships
- How movement and body work can help with releasing grief
- Grief involved in fertility difficulties and becoming a parent
...and much more!
Join the Facebook community at: https://www.facebook.com/consciousgriefseries
Connect with Tara on Instagram at @tara_nash_seeker
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
My Grief Connection founder, Sara Cobb, was honored to be interviewed for the Faith & Grief Podcast. In the episode Sara talks about starting mygriefconnection.org, a portal for finding grief resources online and in your community, in 2019 after her own frustrating search for grief resources online. She started MGC while grieving the recent loss of her brother; both of her older brothers died over 40 years apart, one in an accident and another in a murder-suicide. Sara talks about how love and faith, and finding purpose in grief are helping on her grief journey.
*Trigger warning: death of a young child and discussion of murder-suicide loss are topics in this episode.
Listen to the episode at: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4tDjd7cqst2QWxOmatEf85
The Faith & Grief Podcast explores the intersection of faith & grief. Hosted by Shelley Craig,
program director for Faith & Grief. They hope the stories & interviews you hear provide some comfort &
hope on your grief journey. Faith & Grief Ministries is a non-profit that provides grief support
programs across the country in-person and online. Learn more at faithandgrief.org
Denim Day - April 28, 2021
Did you know every 73 seconds, somewhere in the U.S., someone is sexually assaulted? It’s time to stand
up to end sexual assault! A day-long awareness campaign, Denim Day, gives us space and time to
honor survivors of sexual assault, as well as to begin conversations about the dangers of victim-blaming
and victim-shaming. Why do we wear denim? In 1992 an 18-year-old Italian girl was sexually assaulted by her 45-year-old male driving instructor. While he was initially convicted of the crime and sent to prison, the ruling was later overturned by the Italian Supreme Court because the justices felt that because the victim wore tight jeans, she must have helped remove them thereby making the act consensual. The following day the women of the Italian Legislature protested this decision by wearing jeans to work. As news of the decision spread, so did the protests. In 1999, an agency in Los Angeles, CA established the first Denim Day in the US—a tradition that has grown and continued since. Join us on April 28th by wearing denim, for a reason. Help raise awareness that there is NEVER
an excuse for sexual assault and educate the public that sexual assault is NEVER the victim's fault.
Lost, Travel, Found: Turning Pain Into Purpose
From Ashley Jackson, the Founder of Timeless Dream Events comes a raw and riveting story of love, purpose, and discovery. Lost, Travel, Found tells her story of surviving grief, finding herself across the planet, and falling madly in love. Read as she shares the first few decades of her life, working through the unexpected loss of her father, navigating through the world on a solo trip, and supporting her husband through a devastating cancer diagnosis. This book is not just about her care giving journey, it is a story that will remind you how to overcome a victim mentality to become a victor. It will inspire you to dream big and will make hope call your name again.
Will you be brave enough to answer? You won’t be disappointed, let the adventure begin!
Pre-order NOW to be one of the first to receive their books after June 18, 2021!
First 50 orders will also receive a FREE GIFT!
Pre-order and join the book launch team at: http://timelessdreamevents.com/book-launch/
If you missed the LIVE you can watch the replay of My Grief Connection founder, Sara Cobb, and Lisa Price,
the founder of Grieve Breathe Believe, as they talk about the realities of the grief of child loss, as well as how bereaved parents can find healing and hope after loss. Lisa shares details about the 2nd Annual Bereaved
Mother's Day Virtual Conference she is hosting for mom who have lost a child on Sunday, May 2, 2021.
Watch the LIVE above or by visiting: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CN0WvnWKa5v/...
Lisa Price is a wellness coach for grieving parents, the founder of Grieve. Breathe. Believe., and creator of the
4:13 Method grief support program and community facilitator for bereaved parents cultivating a safe,
yet productive space to rediscover and reconstruct their lives after the death of their child.
Purchase tickets for the 2nd Annual Bereaved Mother's Day Virtual Conference with the coupon code CONNECTION20 to get $20 OFF your registration fees! Every purchase through today, Sunday, April 18th
receives a FREE card deck set of 52-Week Affirmations for Grieving Parents.
Get tickets at: https://www.mygriefconnection.org/events.htm
The Grief Summit: Grief Counseling and Treatment in a Pandemic of Loss
April 29-30, 2021
Today’s grief has been amplified by the trauma, isolation,
and anxiety created by the pandemic.
And a wave of grieving clients is headed your way...
Handle it with confidence after attending the FREE Grief Summit on April 29-30.
BONUS - earn 12 CE Hours. The host, PESI, believes this training is so
important, they are giving it away at no cost!
Register for FREE at: www.pesi.com/griefsummit
Grief Retreat: A Weekend of Healing and Hope, Hosted by the Grief Guru
Friday, April 30, 2021 4:00 PM EST to Sunday, May 2, 2021 1:30 PM EST
Register for the Grief Retreat and experience a weekend of Hope and Healing by the Grief Guru and Facilitator Team. You will be staying in paradise at a beautiful Airbnb home in Bonita Springs, Florida, with a pool and a beach trip. Kelli Nielsen, your host, is thrilled to spend this weekend with you and share her 5 step Grief Relief process. After losing her mom to suicide and then her son to a drug overdose just a year and a half later, she developed this process to facilitate her own healing and now shares these keys to recovery with people around the world.
Bring your confusion, bring your pain and leave with a plan and process for loving your life again!
In-Person Option: includes accommodations, meals and course material. Twin or double queen beds.
Early Bird Price $399. After March In-Person price goes up to $449. Register by the end of March for
Early Bird Pricing. Payment is due in full at time of registration and refunds are not available due to nature
of event. Spots are limited to 10. If you have questions or want to register for the in-person option,
email Kelli at Kelli@thegriefguru.com
Early Bird Price Virtual Option is $149. After March the Virtual Option price goes up to $249.
Payment is due in full at time of registration and refunds are not available due to nature of event.
For more information or to register for the Virtual Option visit https://thegriefguru.teachable.com/p/grief-retreat
Journey to Hope: Virtual Young Adult Grief Support Group (NO COST)
Via Zoom from 6:00 - 7:30 PM, Mondays, June 7 - August 2, 2021
If you or someone you know is a young adult (ages 18-30) who is looking
for tools to help journey through the grief process, please check out the
2021 Virtual Young Adult Grief Support Group, Journey to Hope, from
Highmark Caring Place. This virtual/social setting is designed to be an
educational support group focused on empowering young adults to
learn how to navigate their “new reality."
For additional information or to RSVP,
or call 866-212-4673 or 814-871-6868.
Black Balloon Day
March 6, 2021
Across the United States, on March 6th, families and loved ones remember and celebrate the lives
lost to overdose. This day has become known as Black Balloon Day. Black Balloon Day has become
a national and international event, bringing awareness to overdose deaths.
As with many things with the opioid epidemic, Black Balloon Day began with a family’s loss. Diane and Lauren Hurley began Black Balloon Day in remembrance of Greg Tremblay. Tremblay, a father of four, is the son-in-law of Diane and brother-in-law of Lauren and died of an overdose when he was 38 years old on March 6, 2015.
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic. Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than they are from a car accident or by a gun. Black Balloon Day helps create awareness around the important issue of providing support to those struggling with substance use disorder and their loved ones.
Overdose Lifeline has made a practice to release virtual balloons each year on #BlackBalloonDay
and they encourage everyone to do the same. If you wish to participate and share your loved one’s name
and/or story this year on March 6th, simply follow the steps outlined at https://www.overdoselifeline.org/events/black-balloon-day/
The Overdose Lifeline is a non-profit with a mission to carry the message of HOPE to individuals,
families, & communities affected by the disease of addiction.
Follow them on Instagram at @overdoselifeline and visit https://linktr.ee/overdoselifeline
Healing After Loss 2021 Summit
March 8th - 12th, 2021 at 8:00 AM MST.
The Healing After Loss Summit is a FREE summit for survivors of suicide
loss to connect with experts and professionals who can help them heal,
but anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
The 5-Day Summit featuring 20+ Grief & Wellness Experts, is meant to
help you get next steps, find support, get tools thatwork for YOU &
begin your healing journey. The summit takes place
LIVE inside of the private Facebook Group at 8 AM MST daily.
If you are interested in joining please register to reserve your
FREE spot at https://tinyurl.com/HealingAfterLoss
Gloom to Bloom Coaching is Hosting a March "Grief Tea" Event
March 07, 2021 from 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM EST via Zoom.
"Grief Tea" is a safe community space for grievers.
Each month gathering opens with a discussion question to jump start conversation.
No need to share if you're not feeling up to it!
It is a place to laugh, cry, listenand reflect.
Bring on the cozy vibes with your favorite warm beverage and join us.
Register at https://cjclarizio.wixsite.com/gloomtobloomcoach/event-details/grief-tea-group-march
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Nampa, Idaho Grief & Loss Support Group
Starting on Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM MST
First United Methodist Church (GPS room/portable),
2717 12th Ave. Rd., Nampa, ID 83686
Group will be held on the following dates:
March 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th
April 1st, 8th, 15th, & 29th (NO CLASS Thursday April 22nd)
May 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th
This group is in person so attendees will need to wear masks and agree
to appropriate social distancing to participate (Keeping 6 foot distance
from others). Due to Covid-19 safety precautions the number of people
allowed into the group is limited to the same 10 people, all of whom
will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms.
This is a "closed group" meaning that there are no drop-ins and you
will need to pre-register. For more details or to pre-register, please email
Bonnie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to leave a phone number where she can contact you to determine
if this group is a good fit for you.
Coping With Guilt When You're Grieving Webinar
March 16, 2021 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST
Guilt is one of the most common emotions to experience after loss, but it can be the result of good people being much too hard on themselves. Although sometimes there really is something worth feeling guilty about, guilt can also result from good people being much too hard on themselves. We can sometimes expect way too much of ourselves and beat ourselves up when we don’t fulfill those expectations. It’s important to notice this kind of thinking when it occurs, because it can stand in our way of healthy grieving. In this webinar, Dr. David Feldman
will discuss common ways we can be way too hard on ourselves after a loss, along with tips about how to be kinder to ourselves. Presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®, this webinar is free
and open to the public. Continuing education credit is not available.
Register at https://www.taps.org/webinar/2021/grief-and-guilt
Learn more about all that T.A.P.S. offers by visiting www.taps.org and/or email Institute@taps.org
or call at 800-959-8277 (TAPS) with any questions.
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