Ceremony of Remembrance

DSCN2905Our annual Ceremony of Remembrance is September 21st from 1-3pm at The Valley School in Seattle. All members of our adult groups are encourages to attend.

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.

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A Spectacular Night of Celebration and Giving

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!

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Day Camp and Summer Children's Groups

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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

 

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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 jeannel@healingcenterseattle.org  or call (206) 523-1206.

 


Volunteer for our 2014 Gala & Auction

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WHY: Help us raise funds for The Healing Center’s grief support programs
WHEN: Shifts available Friday, June 2oth through Sunday, June 22rd
HOW: For more info on volunteer shifts and to sign up – click HERE!

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 jenp@healingcenterseattle.org 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.


Top 3 Reasons We Loved The 2014 May Day Walk

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!

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East West Bookshop Reading: Join Us April 26th

Please join us for an afternoon poetry reading from The Widow’s Handbook at East West Bookshop. The event will be Saturday, April 26th from 4:30-6 p.m., followed by our quarterly potluck at The Healing Center from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

 

As with all Healing Center potlucks, we’ll have volunteers to play with the kids so adults can have some time to themselves. It’s a two-minute walk from the East West Bookshop so stop by! Contact Cindy at cindyb@healingcenterseattle.org to RSVP to the potluck.

 

See below for details:

 

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May Day Walk 2014 – Register & Donate Today!

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WHEN: Sunday, May 4th, 12:30 – 4PM
Sign in starts at 12:30pm
Walk starts at 1:00pm
Picnic and kids’s activities start at 2:00pm
WHERE: Gas Works Park
WHY: To raise money for The Healing Center’s grief support programs
HOW: Register here to join the 2014 May Day Walk and raise funds for The Healing Center,
click here to donate!

08_Silly Jane, Alexander & Mattie_closeupMay Day celebrates the coming of summer and new beginnings, and The Healing Center is excited to celebrate this holiday with our friends, families, and community. The May Day Walk is an event to raise funds to grow our grief support programs which serve widows, widowers, children, and young adults who have experienced the premature death of a spouse, parent, or sibling.

We hope you will join us for a fun-filled day! Please encourage your friends and family to join us as we raise funds to support our healing programs. Register or donate today to support The Healing Center!

If you need any help, or have any questions about the online registration or donation process, contact Jen Power, Development Coordinator, at jenp@healingcenterseattle.org or (206) 523-1206 x15.

Thank you to our May Day Walk Sponsors!

Amaryllis Level – $5,000

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Pictures with Santa at The Healing Center!

What: Pictures with Santa
Where:
The Healing Center
When:
Sunday, December 8th, 1-4pm
Why:
Because Santa at The Healing Center is way better than Santa at the mall!
Cost:
Donate as you can ($50 donation encouraged)
RSVP: If you can, please tell us you’re coming – we’ll have cookies saved just for you : )

Come and have pictures with Santa in a calm and supportive environment, away from the crowds and the bustle of the malls.

Along with St. Nick photo ops and high quality pictures printed onsite, there will also be tours of The Healing Center, holiday refreshments, and plenty of space for children to play while you wait for picture time.

 

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I’m not really Santa, but Santa really will be at The Healing Center!


A Holiday Message from The Healing Center

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It’s starting to seem like in recent years on November 1st, people are putting away the halloween ghosts and goblins and immediately bringing out the jingle bells. With the holiday craze starting so early, so does the stress and pressure that comes with it. For those who have lost a loved one it can be a season of amplified grief, pressure to “do it all”, and a revival of holiday memories that now are bittersweet -making holiday traditions hard to face.

To calm you from the storm we’ll be posting tips and suggestions on Fridays on our blog as well as little reminders along the way on our Facebook page. If you’d like more support, consider attending out Surviving the Holidays Workshop led by Jeanne Lowman and Marshall Peabody on November 23rd from 1-5 PM. This will be followed by our November Potluck at 6 PM. Click here for more information.

Soaring Spirits International is also a good resource that offers support during the holidays. Consider “liking” their Facebook page to see their daily Holiday Hope Tips that will be posted through January 1st.

Please remember through these ups and downs that you are not along. Let your Healing Center community support you and remember that you can support others in your Healing Center community.

With love,

Your Healing Center Support Team