8th Annual Semicolon Tattoo Fundraiser Event
Saturday, September 2, 2023, from 12:00 – 9:00 PM MDT
At Resurrected Tattoo, 610 N Orchard St, Boise, ID 83706
You are invited to join the Idaho Crisis & Suicide Hotline at Resurrected Tattoo for their
8th Annual Semicolon Tattoo Event, on Saturday, September 2, 2023, from 12:00 – 9:00 PM MDT.
The Semicolon symbolizes "The Decision to Continue our Story." Get a "';" tattoo for only $50 to support
a great cause, raise awareness, and meet some great people in the process! Idaho Crisis & Suicide Hotline
is the only statewide 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline in Idaho.
ICSH is a resource for anyone in Idaho experiencing a suicidal or other type of crisis. They accept calls, texts,
or chat communications without regard to age, disability, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation,
or national origin. Please share this post with your friends and family and invite everyone to participate. If you
or a loved one need to talk, call ICSH now. You don't have to be suicidal to call. Someone is always here for
you on the other end of the line.
Call or text 988, or visit www.idahocrisis.org to chat online.
New Grief Book: "I Used To Be _____" by Chuck & Ashley Elliott
"Grief lies, telling us we are alone, but truly, we still need one another. Right now, when we're hurting,
community is more important than ever." -- From "I Used To Be _____" by Chuck & Ashley Elliott
Pre-order the book wherever you buy books, then complete the form at www.chuckandashley.com so you'll
receive the pre-order bonuses (get the audiobook & a small group discussion guide) on August 15!
All form submissions must be done by 11:59 pm on August 14, 2023.
Also, you can save 40% when you pre-order from bakerbookhouse.com.
The book is also available to pre-order on Amazon https://amzn.to/3QaMWIV or Audible https://amzn.to/47bRAfF.
(If you order through the Amazon affiliate links, you will support the mission of MGC at no extra cost to you. .)
The path forward includes exploring the unseen elements of grief. With this book, pastor Chuck Elliott
and counselor Ashley Elliott light the way to a better future. Sharing biblical advice and proven mental
health techniques, they help you learn how to fully feel and face your grief, hold onto your faith, and
develop healthy ways to see yourself, your life, and your loved ones. They offer coping strategies for
when moving forward seems impossible and guide you toward building new thinking patterns that
will result in true healing and growth. Learn more about the book "I Used To Be _____" and
how to navigate loss and find your path forward at www.chuckandashley.com.
5th Annual Ride For Jared
September 16, 2023 at 11:00 AM MST.
Registration Starts at 9:00 AM MST.
High Desert Harley Davidson (2310 East Cinema Drive, Meridian, ID 83642)
One way you can help with suicide prevention and awareness is to participate in a local or national event.
Those in the Treasure Valley of Idaho will have several opportunities to participate in different
prevention and awareness events that we will share on MGC. One great event is the 5th Annual
Ride for Jared, to remember the spirit of Jared Spero, who died by suicide in November 2017.
All vehicles and riders are welcome to attend the ride on September 16, 2023 at 11:00 AM MST.
The ride will begin at High Desert Harley Davidson. All other proceeds will benefit the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention and the Idaho Crisis and Suicide Hotline.
50% of proceeds will be donated to a fund for Jared's daughter, Kaylie.
For additional information please contact Tina at 208-996-9601 or email@example.com
To make a donation and/or to register, visit: https://rideforjared.com/
Hustle Hope Not Dope: 2nd Annual Event
Hosted by Caldwell Recovery Center LLC
Saturday, July 22, 2023, from 12:00 - 5:00 PM MT
Indian Creek Plaza, Caldwell, Idaho
What is Hustle Hope Not Dope, you ask? It's an event to bring awareness about addiction to
our community, to bring resources and make the available for people to learn about them, to
have a sober event, a family event and to show others that no matter what you dream is,
it is absolutely achievable to turn it into you full time job and something you love.
Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1679831825779762/
or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Monika at 208-880-3303
or Katarina at 208-599-6794.
Death Café Boise
Dry Creek Cemetery, 9600 Hill Rd, Boise, ID 83714
Enter off Old Hill Road and park by the cemetery office
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM MT
Join the Death Café Boise for their next gathering outside in the evening at Dry Creek Cemetery
(9600 Hill Rd, Boise, ID 83714) from 7:00 - 8:30 PM MT on Wednesday, July 12, 2023. The Death Café
provides an opportunity for an open conversation about death. Facilitators will guide the process.
Join the conversation, and please bring your curiosity, your interest, and your experiences. All are
welcome and invited to participate! Free to attend, and no registration is required. Bring a camp
chair and a water bottle to join us under the giant oak tree in the oldest portion of the cemetery!
For more info on the international Death Café movement, visit www.deathcafe.com
Visit https://www.facebook.com/boisedeathcafe to learn more, or for specific questions for the
facilitators of this event in Boise, email email@example.com
Navigating Grief: Grief Support For Everyone
Cloverdale Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation (1200 N Cloverdale Rd, Boise, ID 83713)
is proud to announce their "Navigating Grief: Grief Support For Everyone" to
those in the Treasure Valley, Idaho Area. They will have 5 sessions of support groups
throughout the year, with a new group beginning every 2 months.
All sessions are free, and everyone is welcome.
Session 3: June 9, 16, 23, 30 & July 7, 14
Session 4: August 11, 18, 25 & September 1, 8, 15
Session 5: October 13, 20, 27 & November 3, 10, 17
All sessions meet from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM MT
Call 208-375-2212 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information & to register for a session.
Good Grief Presents: Exploring Spirituality in Grief
Friday, July 28, 2023 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM MT
True North Yoga, 1512 N. 10th Street, Boise, Idaho
Learn how to connect deeper to the spiritual realm and give yourself permission to lean into your
own intuition, and explore various healing modalities that can be helpful following the loss of
someone you love. These modalities will include a group reiki meditation session, tarot and oracle
cards, intuitive impressions and a discussion on how to utilize these techniques in your daily life.
A guest is welcome to accompany you with your paid registration for additional support.
The cost is $33. Enroll now at www.truenorthyoga.co/workshops
(MGC is not an affiliate.)
International Widows Day
Friday, June 23, 2023
International Widows Day is an annual day to bring global awareness to the violation of human rights and
dignity that widows suffer in many countries after the death of their spouses. The loss of a spouse is devastating under the best of circumstances but the COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation worse over the last several months, leaving many thousands of women newly widowed and cut off from financial and familial support.
There are an estimated 258 million plus widows around the world, and close to 1 in 10 live in extreme poverty.
The United Nations observes this day to draw attention to the voices & experiences of widows across the globe
and to galvanize the unique support that they need. It is an opportunity for action towards achieving full rights and recognition for widows. Widows' rights are women's rights are human rights.
"For many women, becoming a widow does not just mean the heartache of losing a husband, but often losing everything else as well." – Cherie Blair, wife of former Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
For more information about International Widows Day, visit: https://www.un.org/en/observances/widows-day
Because Kids Grieve 9th Annual Fall Bereavement Conference
Because Kids Grieve is presenting their 9th Annual Fall Bereavement Conference on Thursday, September 21, 2023
in the Treasure Valley area (Boise, Idaho) and Friday, September 22, 2023 in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Their mission with this community education event is to provide attendees with the opportunity to understand how grief in children differs from adult grief, and to build skills for meeting the needs of bereaved children and youth.
They offer CEUs for Social Workers, Counselors and Morticians, but anyone in the community is invited.
Learn more or register at: https://becausekidsgrieve.org/2022-fall-bereavement-conference/
Wild Grief Summer Programs for Teens and Families
If you have experienced the loss of a loved one, Wild Grief is available to support you in your healing
journey through the power of nature and peer support. Wild Grief is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,
based in Olympia, Washington, that merges peer support with the healing power of nature. By offering
free, outdoor experiences for teens, young adults, families, and all-ages groups, they help more people
find a place where they can remember, process, and discover a path to healing. Join them this summer
to connect with your grieving peers and the outdoors. Spaces are still open for 2023 their summer programs!
The Backpacking Trips for Grieving Teens, the September 2-4 , 2023, Camping Trip for Grieving Families,
and the Teen and Family Day Hikes have spots available for those interested. The application process is
also open now for the Young Adult Backpacking Trip. All programs are entirely free of charge, and
Wild Grief provides all needed camping and backpacking gear.
Head to Wild Grief’s website to learn more, and sign up today: www.wildgrief.org
Grief and Happiness Alliance Movie Club
Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 9:00 HST / 12:00 PM PDT / 3:00 PM EDT
The Grief and Happiness Alliance hosts its “Movie Club” as a way of facilitating conversations
about grief and mental health through the lens of popular movies and TV shows.
Join them for a virtual discussion of Lilo and Stitch on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 9:00 HST /
12:00 PM PDT / 3:00 PM EDT. Watch the movie on your own and then join them for a discussion on Zoom!
Movie Summary: A tale of a young girl's close encounter with the galaxy's most wanted extraterrestrial.
Lilo is a lonely Hawaiian girl who adopts a small ugly "dog," whom she names Stitch. Stitch would be
the perfect pet if he weren't in reality a genetic experiment who has escaped from an alien planet and
crash-landed on Earth. Through her love, faith and unwavering belief in ohana, the Hawaiian concept
of family, Lilo helps unlock Stitch's heart and gives him the ability to care for someone else. (Rated PG)
To learn more and/or register, visit: https://www.griefandhappiness.com/special-events
Luther Heights Bible Camp: GRIEF + REFLECTION RETREAT
August 11-13, 2023
Luther Heights Bible Camp in beautiful Ketchum, Idaho, offers a GRIEF + REFLECTION RETREAT from
August 11-13, 2023. No matter where you are on your grief journey, this weekend retreat will provide
time and space to process personal grief (whether from the loss of a loved one or divorce or life transitions)
in the community of others and space to process individually. With guided meditation, time for personal
reflection, and support from others, facilitators Pastor Barb Condon, Grief & Bereavement Practitioner, and
Tami McLaughlin will help lead a meaningful weekend. Experience the beauty of God's creation in the
Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, connect with a positive community, and participate in new adventures.
This retreat is for those 18+ years old. The cost for the weekend is $140, including all meals. Luther Heights
offers many retreat opportunities for campers of all ages to grow in faith, reconnect, and rejuvenate.
If you have questions about retreats or camps, please contact email@example.com.
Register at www.lutherheights.org/retreats
(Deadline for all registration is 30 days before the start of the retreat.)
Kintsugi Healing Art Group: Embracing Strength and Beauty in Imperfection
The next class series is on Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2023, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM MT,
at South Salt Lake Arts for Life (Columbia Center Opportunity Center, Room 111)
2530 South 500 East, SLC, Utah 84106. There is a $60 supply fee.
Kintsugi is a technique that symbolizes healing and resilience. Has grief, loss, and hardship broken your
heart open? In your brokenness, you are stronger, more precious, and more beautiful. Join Roan Your Boat
for a healing experience using the Kintsugi art process and incorporating mindfulness, writing exercises,
and group support for a healing experience mending those pieces back together with gold.
For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.roanyourboat.org
Grief Refuge Group - Feel Less Alone
The group will meet via Zoom for 4 consecutive Tuesdays, starting on May 30, 2023,
at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PMPT and complete on June 20, 2023.
The folks at Grief Refuge invite you to join a new four-week-long online grief support group that focuses on easing isolation in grief and helping to connect with others to feel more understood. As a participant in the group, you will: get needed support to help cope with loss and manage your grief, feel soothed and comforted to help ease the sense of loneliness and isolation, learn practical ways to handle feelings of hopelessness and despair, gain a framework and understanding for how to understand and navigate your grief journey.
For more details and to register, visit: https://www.griefrefuge.com/less-alone-in-grief
KYMfest (Kind Your Mind) 2023
Saturday, June 10, 2023, at Lakeview Park in Nampa, Idaho from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
KYMfest 2023 the KindYourMind festival is a FREE Community Festival bringing awareness to the
impact of violence and trauma and increasing access to and awareness of healing resources.
The festival offers vendors and entertainment, and encourages ways to 'kind your mind.'
Come out to KYMfest on Saturday, June 10th at Lakeview Park in Nampa, Idaho, from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM!
Some of the vendors that will be onsite for KYMfest:
Memories by Fete
Treasure Valley Transit
Nuestra Gente Wellness
The crafting hustle
Mountain Sky Arts
The Witchy Kitten
Barbara Rose's Sparks of the Divine
And so many more!!
Learn more at: https://kymfest.com/
Helping Children Cope With Ambiguous Loss
Thursday, May 18, 2023, at 11:00 AM ET
Ambiguous loss is pervasive in our lives.
Ambiguous loss is any loss that doesn’t involve a physical death.
It can create symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress.
Please join our friend Beth Tyson on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at 11:00 AM ET to learn
more about helping children cope with ambiguous loss!
During this event you will learn:
1. The theory and symptoms of ambiguous loss
2. Why we must address it in children
3. How to implement loss awareness practices in your organization or family to prevent
and heal this invisible type of trauma
Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvc-CtrzkuGtWzPZqKTuwyCFF_kw_9xLFS#/registration
Take a Holiday from Grief
Monday, May 15 - Saturday, May 20, 2023
6 pm Central European Time / 5 pm GMT / 9 am PST /12 pm EST
Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed by your emotions in grief? But what if you could take a mini break from it
all and experience more joy, fulfillment, and peace? That's exactly what Sadie Beyl is offering with her 6-day webinar, Take a Holiday from Grief. Over the course of six days, in half-hour sessions, Sadie will guide you to go within and activate a state of ease so that you can find the calm you need to navigate this difficult time. If you're feeling stressed or that your emotions are exhausting, this webinar is for you. You'll learn how to: achieve balance and get a good night's sleep, release the pressure to be okay, stop overthinking, and most importantly, you'll learn how to take care of yourself so you can begin to experience more peace and joy in your life. Don't let grief steal your peace of mind. Join Sadie for this powerful 6-day webinar and take the first step toward healing. For 6 days, you’ll be part of a sacred Zoom space where you’ll be guided to flow into a state of ease and empowerment and experience more of the positive feelings and energy that you want. Take a holiday away from the emotional
roller-coaster. It won't stop the grieving process, but you’ll be able to take a little break from it, leaving you
feeling refreshed and recharged, exactly as if you’d had a mini vacation! There is no cost to join the webinar live each day, but due to the private nature of the sessions, there will be no replays. However, you can sign up for the VIP for the lifetime recordings to watch whenever and as many times as you want! (MGC is not an affiliate.)
Sign up to the live webinar for free at: https://subscribepage.io/Takeaholidayfromgrief
Mother's Day for Motherless Daughters Call
May 13, 2023
Mother's Day weekend can bring up all kinds of feelings for a woman whose mother has died: sadness, longing, anger, loneliness, confusion, hopelessness, and more. We make room for all of them each year on their annual Mother's Day for Motherless Daughters call. Please join Hope Edelman and Claire Bidwell Smith on Saturday,
May 13 at 1 PT/4 ET for a FREE, virtual Mother's Day weekend event for motherless daughters. Women worldwide will come together in sisterhood and solidarity for 60 minutes of discussion and Q&A, a toast to all your moms, and their signature Circle of Remembrance. This year's topic is "Connecting with the Mother Energy Inside You." Hope and Claire will share ideas for self-nurturing and hear from members of the larger community. Stay for an additional 30 minutes of open conversation at the end to connect with women of all ages and backgrounds who share this profound life experience! Last year's event brought nearly 500 women from dozens of countries onto the screen together. You'll be welcomed as part of a sisterhood no one wanted to join, yet one that can offer you comfort and support this holiday weekend. This event is free and open to women who lost a mother to death at
any age. If you can't make it, be sure to register anyway, as they will send out the replay within 24 hours of
the event. Register, and you'll receive information by email about how to join the event on May 13.
Sign up at at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mothers-day-for-motherless-daughters-2023-tickets-624530606857
Grieving in Isolation Webinar
May 16, 2023 at 8:00 pm ET / 5:00 pm PT
When grieving, it's really important to feel supported. Yet, it's often very difficult to get the support
you need. Sometimes it seems easier to do grief in isolation - not because it's easier to manage hurt and
emotional pain - but because it's easier to not put up with people who disappoint or let you down as you grieve
and mourn. If this resonates with you, please feel invited to a FREE webinar May 16th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.
“Grieving in Isolation” will explore why grief feels so isolating and how to feel less alone. Reid Peterson, creator
of the Grief Refuge App, shares his thoughts on why grief feels so isolation and how to feel less alone in grief.
Grief Refuge want to make sure you have some community as you grieve and they hope you join them on this
webinar to for some comfort throughout your difficult journey. No shame. Just support and some connection.
Please reserve your spot for the webinar at https://tinyurl.com/GriefIsolation
(This webinar will not be recorded to honor the privacy of all attendees)
International Bereaved Mother's Day Ceremony
Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 2:00 PM MDT
Join the International Bereaved Mother's Day Ceremony on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 2:00 PM MDT to honor
Mothers who have experienced pregnancy, infant loss, and child loss hosted by Kelly Hurley. You are welcome
from wherever you are living, as all bereaved mothers will be honored through spoken word, ritual, and music.
Join the LIVE online broadcast through McPherson Funeral Services.
To watch the ceremony, please go to the www.mcphersonfh.com 'Home Page.'
To honor yourself as a loving mother or your beloved baby in the ceremony, please email
the first names to Kelly Hurley at email@example.com before May 5th.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and thank goodness for that!
Mental wellness is being challenged massively with the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and the
climate crisis, on top of everyday stressors. Whether or not we have been diagnosed with a mental illness,
it is critical for us all to manage and support our mental health. It matters so much! We must continue to
talk about mental health, share our stories, raise awareness, educate others, get help ourselves and give
support. Let's #starttheconvo and work to #endthestigma so we can #bethereforeachother in ways that
are real and meaningful. If you are struggling please reach out for support.
Here are some resources to help:
The Crisis Textline offers free, 24/7 crisis counseling, via text. Just text SHARE to 741741 to reach them.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline gives 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress,
prevention and crisis resources. Call 988 for support!
The Depression & Crisis Hotline, offers help at 1-800-784-2433.
Veterans Crisis Line is available at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or Text 838255.
Emotional Health Relief Hotline has caregivers available 10am-10pm MST, 1-833-442-2211.
Idaho Crisis & Suicide Hotline is available 24/7, call 988 or 208-398-HELP (4357).
The Crisis Hotline, Serving Southern and Southeastern Idaho, 24/7, 208-788-3596.
For more mental health & crisis help resources visit: https://www.mygriefconnection.org/crisishelp.html
NAMI Walks Idaho
Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 12:00 PM at Ann Morrison Park, in Boise, Idaho.
Participate in NAMI Walks and support the mental health movement in Idaho!
NAMI Walks is a free 5k(ish), run/walk/stroll on the beautiful Boise Greenbelt, with an opportunity for fellowship and advocacy in support of a great cause
- Register for free, gather your team, and earn NAMI swag with each level of fundraising.
- Represent your organization. Dress up, bring your signs, and help us de-stigmatize mental illness!
- Honor and support your friends and family dealing with mental health issues.
- Support NAMI programs and services in YOUR community. Every penny raised stays in Idaho!
Join them on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 12:00 PM (Noon) at Ann Morrison Park, in Boise, Idaho.
Register today at www.tinyurl.com/NamiWalksID2023
Denim Day - April 26, 2023
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 26th 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.
Learn more at www.denimday.org
FREE ONLINE SUMMIT: AWAKEN YOUR SOUL’S JOURNEY: BEYOND GRIEF a 100% FREE ONLINE VIRTUAL SERIES
Begins on May 3, 2023
Have you had a big loss in your life? Are you suffering from grief? The truth is, when you are able to move beyond your grief and start living your life by honoring your past and finding your way in the unknown you can transform your life! I want to provide you with the information and the tools that you need to help you step into a life of excitement, joy and purpose! Join host Angela Clement and 26 life changing experts for this 100% FREE online
grief summit called: Awaken Your Soul’s Journey: Beyond Grief - Finding Your Way in the Unknown
In this FREE online daily series, you’ll:
Learn how others have moved beyond their loss to create a life of purpose and joy
Discover how you can move forward in your life in a positive way
Learn ways to release pain to make room for more joy
Learn different modalities of energy healing that can help
Understand how to process your emotions in a powerful way
Obtain new understandings of the spiritual aspects of healing from grief
Start living life more fully
Gain the confidence to fully step into your future with hope and inspiration and so much more.
When you are in grief, having the wisdom, tools, inspiration, mentorship and community to live a
life you love is more important than ever!
Now with the help of these experts, you can move beyond your grief to build a new life you love.
Register today at: https://healingenergy.world/
FREE - Healing After Suicide Loss: From Suicide Loss To Purpose
5-Day Interview Series: May 8 - 12, 2023
Do you feel like you’re moving in the right direction on your suicide grief journey, and now you’re wondering…
what’s next? You may know you want to find your purpose but need more motivation. Or perhaps you feel lost
without your loved one, stuck in your grief, and don’t know where to start. I understand - when you lose your
loved one to suicide, you don’t have the time or energy to scour the internet to search for support and advice to
help you find your inner peace. That’s why I am eager to tell you about my friend Caro Brookings’ upcoming
interview series. She has brought together 25+ top experts, authors, and support providers from the suicide grief
and loss space who will share how YOU can rewire your brain and discover your purpose. Our founder, Sara J. Cobb,
is so grateful to be part of this FREE 5-day interview series, and can’t wait to share her wisdom with you!
From Suicide Loss To Purpose starts on May 8. Don’t miss out!
Sign up to save your seat at: https://signup.fromsuicidelosstopurpose.com/sara
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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