Writing Through Loss Workshop – February 10

Writing Through Loss

Friday, February 10, from 6:30-9:30, at The Healing Center.

One of the best therapies for grief is to tell your story. In this workshop, you will learn how to capture those stories with all their difficult emotions and memories and put them down on paper, an exercise that will astonish you with the power it has to heal. Come prepared with a pen and pad and let’s try and harness the incredible opportunity for creativity that grief has to offer.

We hope you can join us for our first Writing Workshop conducted by Abigail Carter, widow, author, mom, and our board secretary (definitely not in that same order at any given moment!)

If you would like to attend this workshop for our community, please rsvp to Lisa in our office by phone (206) 523-1206 (ext. 15) or email lisae@healingcenterseattle.org

To learn more about Abby, please visit her blog at www.abigailcarter.com

Here is an excerpt from her blog under “about me”:  “I grew up in Toronto where I met my husband Arron in 1986. We married in 1990 and then lived around the world – Brussels, London, Boston – before settling in Montclair, NJ where we were happily raising our two kids, Olivia, 6 and Carter, 2 until one sunny September day, when Arron went off to work, later calling me to tell me a bomb had gone off in The World Trade Center where he was attending a trade show. I never spoke with him again.

Thus at the ripe old age of 38, two years after that very fateful day, I began writing down everything I could remember about the two years I had just lived through. In 2005, I moved myself and our two kids to Seattle, WA in order to begin anew. I took a writing course and wrote some more and then by sheer happenstance wound up with my book, The Alchemy of Loss being published.

Like widow(er)s everywhere this is my unintentional life. Perhaps we all lead unintentional lives. I’m beginning to believe so.”

Early Group Tonight and Future Scheduling

Early Group will take place tonight from 6:30-8pm at The Healing Center.

Dani Baker will facilitate the group with Jane and Mary co-facilitating.

Early Group will continue on a weekly schedule through February 16th.  After that, Early Group will revert to its pre-holiday schedule, meeting every other week, so that the schedule in February & March will be the following:

Thursday, February 2

Thursday, February 9

Thursday, February 16

Thursday, March 1

Thursday, March 15

Thursday, March 29

The Healing Center re-evaluates the frequency of this group as new clients join the group.  If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email or phone our Programs Director and Early Group Facilitator, Tom Freeman at tomf@healingcenterseattle.org or (206) 523-1206, ext. 12.

Canceled Early Group Tonight due to Weather Conditions

With the continuation of adverse weather conditions, The Healing Center will be canceling Early Group this evening, January 19th.  Road conditions in many areas remain unsafe with a mix of freezing rain and snow coming down on frozen slush.  In the interest of safety, we don’t want anyone to be driving this evening.

Early Group will resume next week on Thursday, January 26 from 6:30 to 8:00.  This will be the last group that Dani Baker will be facilitating at The Healing Center.  Please RSVP to Tom Freeman at tomf@healingcenterseattle.org or calling directly (206) 523-1206 (ext. 12).

If you would like to see Dani individually, we encourage you to do so.  She can be reached directly at 206-356-5581 or at danibaker105@gmail.com

As you keep yourselves warm and safe, we hold you in our thoughts and in our hearts.

Canceled Groups Wednesday- Too much Snow!

Hello Clients and Client Families–

Seattle Public Schools just announced that due to anticipated adverse weather conditions today, Wednesday, January 18, all school programs are closed and therefore so is The Healing Center.

The link to the SPS announcement is included here.

Healing Center policy is that when Seattle Public Schools are closed, children’s and adult groups at The Healing Center are cancelled.  We want to keep you safe and secure at home, rather than having you risk potential harm out on the road.  As such, our next Healing Club 4-5 will take place Wednesday, February 15 at 4:00 PM.

We’re sorry for this but Mother Nature has the final word.  And as we’ve been told, it’s not nice to mess with Mother Nature.

Stay safe.  Stay warm.  Know that we hold you in our thoughts.

— Tom (& Michele for Adult Creative)

Tom Freeman, MA, LMFT
Director of Children’s Programs
The Healing Center
a grief support community
(206) 523-1206 (Tel)
(206 523-1808 (Fax)

May Day Walk- Save the Date

We are excited to announce that our annual May Day Walk will be Sunday May 6th, 2012 at Gas Works Park in Seattle.

May Day celebrates the coming of summer and new beginnings.  The Healing Center celebrates this holiday with our community, in an effort to raise funds to support grief services for adults, children and families.

Please save the date for this lovely spring afternoon filled with walking, activities, friends, and food! Stay tunes for registration details.

Save the Dates- A Year of Healing

“Happy New Year.”

“Is it?  It feels like the same ol’ same ol.”


A normal exchange for those of us grieving and just trying to get through the day.

The Healing Center would like to make it easier for grieving clients and families by scheduling events throughout the year that bring together a community of people who get it.

In addition to our support groups which can be found on our Calendar, please join us for the following community get-togethers.



  • Mar. 24, 6-8pm    Client & Family Potluck
  • Apr. 28,  6-8pm    Client & Family Potluck


  • May 06,  1-4pm     May Day Walk, 4th Annual Client & Family Fundraiser



  • May 26,  6-8pm    Client & Family Potluck



  • June 23                Detlef Schrempf Annual Auction & Gala benefiting The Healing Center



  • Jul. 28,  6-8pm    Client & Family Potluck
  • Aug. 22               Client & Family End of Summer BBQ at Golden Gardens Park


  • Sept 16                 Ceremony of Remembrance


  • Sept 22,  6-8pm     Client & Family Potluck


  • Oct. 28                   Dia de los Muertos Celebration and Fundraiser
  • Nov. 24, 6-8pm      Client & Family Potluck
  • Dec. 09, 4-7pm      Holiday Client/Family Potluck Party




Weekend Early Group Retreat- February 10, 11, 12

Weekend Early Group Retreat

February 10, 11, 12

Whidbey Island

Please Join us for a weekend Early Group retreat as we explore creative ways to heal our grief through group support, reflection, self-care, massage, sharing of stories and pictures, guided visualization, and other transformational activities. This retreat is specifically for men and women who have had a partner die within the last two years.

Space is limited to 6-8 people.  You will receive a packet of information before the retreat, including a schedule, what to bring, directions, etc.  We hope you’ll be able to join us!

When: February 10, 11, 12

Where: Willow Pond Lodge, Whidbey Island, Washington

Cost: $350 for the weekend which includes food, lodging, group sessions and a massage by a licensed massage therapist. We ask that you reserve your space with a $100 deposit. Scholarships are available.  It may also be possible to get insurance reimbursement for this retreat.

To reserve your space please email our Office Manager, Lisa Ernst(lisae@healingcenterseattle.org). This yearly retreat is made possible by Travis Penn &  Willow Pond Lodge and Lake House, Whidbey Island, WA.