DECIDE WHAT YOU CAN HANDLE COMFORTABLY AND LET FAMILY AND FRIENDS KNOW
Can I handlle the responsibility of the family dinner, etc. or shall I ask someone else to do it? Do I want to talk about my loved one or not? Shall I stay here for the holidays or go to a completely different environment?
MAKE SOME CHANGES IF THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE FOR YOU
Open presents Christmas Eve instead of Christmas morning. Vary the timing of Channukah gift giving. Have dinner at a different time or place. Let the children take over decorating the house, the tree, baking and food preparation, etc.
RE-EXAMINE YOUR PRIORITIES: GREETING CARDS, HOLIDAY BAKING, DECORATING, PUTTING UP A TREE, FAMILY DINNER, ETC.
Do I really enjoy doing this? Is this a task that can be shared?
CONSIDER DOING SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR SOMEONE ELSE
Donate a gift in the memory of your loved one. Donate money you would have spent on your loved one as a gift to charity. Adopt a needy family for the holidays. Invite a guest (foreign student, senior citizen) to share festivities.
RECOGNIZE YOUR LOVED ONE’S PRESENCE IN THE FAMILY
Burn a special candle to quietly include your loved one. Hang a stocking for your loved one in which people can put notes with their thoughts or feelings. Listen to music especially liked by the deceased. Look at photographs.
IF YOU DECIDE TO DO HOLIDAY SHOPPING, MAKE A LIST AHEAD OF TIME AND KEEP IT HANDY FOR A GOOD DAY, OR SHOP THROUGH A CATALOGUE
OBSERVE THE HOLIDAYS IN WAYS WHICH ARE COMFORTABLE FOR YOU
There is no right or wrong way of handling holidays. Once you’ve decided how to observe the time, let others know.
TRY TO GET ENOUGH REST — HOLIDAYS CAN BE EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY DRAINING.
ALLOW YOURSELF TO EXPRESS YOUR FEELINGS
Holidays often magnify feelings of loss. It is natural to feel sadness. Share concerns, apprehensions, feelings with a friend. The need for support is often greater during holidays.
KEEP IN MIND THAT THE EXPERIENCE OF MANY BEREAVED PERSONS IS THAT THEY DO COME TO ENJOY HOLIDAYS AGAIN. THERE WILL BE OTHER HOLIDAY SEASONS TO CELEBRATE.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO HAVE FUN
Laughter and joy are not disrespectful. Give yourself and your family members permission to celebrate and take pleasure in the holidays.
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Summer BBQ Potluck at Golden Gardens
August 23rd | 10 AM – 2 PM
Join us for our Annual BBQ Potluck at Golden Gardens. We provide the burgers and hotdogs, you bring the sides!
Come meet other Healing Center friends and families, enjoy some old-fashioned field games, and eat some delicious food.
Please contact our Program Coordinator Mattie (email@example.com) with any questions. Please RSVP so we know how much food to bring.
The Ceremony of Remembrance offers The Healing Center community a unique opportunity to gather and share photos and mementos of their loved one.
You can view a past program here. Please join us for an afternoon of music, poetry and memories.
As we wrap up auction season, we’d like to share with you some of the lovely pictures taken at the 2014 Detlef Schrempf Celebrity Auction and Gala. The Ripple of Giving was truly felt as hundreds gave to benefit the programs of Inspire Youth Project and The Healing Center. Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, or donated items. Your generosity inspires us and the work we do!
Please join the Healing Center for a summer connection for families and friends.
We will meet July 11th and August 8th at 6:30 Pm at Gas Works Park across from the bathrooms for a Potluck and Laughter Yoga Class.
All Ages are Welcome!
Laughter Yoga is unconditional laughing ( you do not need a joke) paired with yogic breathing and meditation. They say that laughter is the best medicine, come and see what it is all about
Email Julie for more information at Julie@connectingthepeaces.com
Please bring a picnic blanket and a main dish or dessert to share with friends.
Come to The Healing Center’s 2 summer children’s groups! All ages will meet together and there will be a parent group offered concurrently. Below are the dates offered:
Weds. July 16th from 4:00 – 5:30pm
Weds. August 13th from 4:00 – 5:30pm
We’re also holding summer day camps! They will be held on Wednesday’s from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Check ‘em out:
July 9th Meet at The Healing Center. Walk to Greenlake for fun in the park and a swim in the pool.
July 23rd Explore Volunteer Park and the Asian Art Museum. Group art project followed by tour of conservatory, climbing the stairs of the water tower, and playing at the playground/wading pool.
Aug. 6th Woodland Park Zoo
Aug. 20th Visit the EMP (Experience Music Project) for a tour, scavenger hunt, and ice cream.
Registration required. Please contact Jeanne for more information and to register firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 523-1206.
We’re partnering with the Detlef Schrempf Foundation & Inspire Youth Project again this year to put on our FABULOUS annual Gala & Auction. We need lots of volunteer help to make sure our auction is a HUGE success – can you give us a hand?
There are many different ways to volunteer – you can find out about and sign up for them HERE. Lend us your energy and enthusiasm, and help us make sure grieving families in your community have the support they need when they need it.
If you have any questions, or need help signing up for a volunteer shift (or two!), contact Development Coordinator Jen Power at email@example.com or (206) 523-1206. If you’d like to learn more about the auction or buy tickets, you can do so here.
Continue the healing, continue the inspiration – continue the Ripple of Giving.
On May 4th 2014, The Healing Center celebrated it’s 6th Annual May Day Walk at Gas Works Park with over 60 participants and 25 volunteers. Here are our top 3 reasons why we loved the day and are excited to keep the May Day Walk tradition going for our Healing Center community. Be sure to check out the pictures below.
1. YOU – Nothing makes us happier than seeing our Healing Center friends and families come together. We believe so much benefit comes from meeting others that have shared the experience of walking through grief. While this year it was under more drops of rain than rays of sun, we are so grateful for all who joined us and those who couldn’t make it but supported their friends and family in other ways. You are our inspiration.
2. The chance to remember – Transitional periods can be difficult – even the transition between seasons. As we move swiftly into spring, we enjoyed the opportunity to do some reflection during the art activities during the Walk. We wrote a message to our loved one on a message flag. We considered what we’d say to them in a private message. We contemplated the meaning of short-blooming cherry blossoms during origami folding. We stood with everyone and felt the words of the poem, “We Remember Them”.
3. Support for our programs – With the combined donations from The May Day Walk and GiveBIG two days later, we received $63,053 from our generous supporters. This doesn’t even include the GiveBIG “stretch funds” that will be applied to our GiveBIG donations soon. These funds mean so much to The Healing Center and our community. They keep our doors open, buy pizza for our weekly children’s groups, make healing client retreats possible, and help to train our dedicated volunteers – all contributing to our overall mission of offering a safe, loving place that honors grief, helping you to move through it and heal. We thank those who fund-raised for us, our wonderful donors, and our $5,000 sponsors, Safe Crossings Foundation, Nintendo, and University District Kiwanis. THANK YOU!