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!








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!



Welcome Our New Executive Director, Cindy Burdell!


We are delighted to welcome Cindy Burdell into the Healing Center family. We hope that if you didn’t get a chance to meet her at the Holiday Potluck, you will be able to meet her in January. Rebecca Soukakos, our outgoing Executive Director, will continue her service with The Healing Center as a board member.

A little about Cindy:

A Seattle native, Cindy Burdell was educated at Mills College and Western Washington University where she earned a B.A. and an MEd., respectively.  After three years of teaching, she left the profession to open a bookstore in the University District in Seattle, which she ran for 8 years.

Cindy moved to Portland Oregon to manage the care of her younger brother, affected with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  She subsequently founded and directed the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington to help other people affected by ALS.  During her 8 years of leadership, the organization grew from a small operation with a $7000 budget and no staff to a full-fledged chapter with a $1.5M budget and 9 staff. In 2008, having accomplished everything she set out to do in Oregon, Cindy began the transition back home to live and work among family and old friends.

After a few years working at the King County Bar Association and Northshore Senior Center, she is thrilled to be able to contribute to such a worthy organization as The Healing Center.

"Nobody's Son"

This week The New Yorker featured an essay written by Mark Slouka, “Nobody’s Son”Print, a piece that looks deep into Slouka’s own grief in the wake of his father’s death.

Although we all will have a time in our lives that we grieve the death of a person dear to us, sometimes it takes a honest portrayal such as this to realize it is a commonality we all share.

One of our goals at The Healing Center is to bring adults and children together who have similar losses so we can support each other. However, as Slouka’s essay expresses, and as grievers know, “in the aftermath of loss, the ones you love will keep you whole, but the journey is yours alone. Whatever you do, whatever you feel, becomes the map.”

We hope you can keep this in mind as we transition into a new year. “Nobody’s Son” outlines one man’s grief story but we all have our own that are ever changing as we experience new things and gain new perspectives. To end with what Slouka believes his father would tell him if he could: “You don’t love me less by living more. Live! Live like you mean it.”

Click here to read “Nobody’s Son”.

A Holiday Message from The Healing Center

Dear Healing Center Friends,29e5a0af7a5d6adf6b9d00310b9583b1

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



Kiwanis Challenge Grant for May Day Walk

We are excited to announce that the May Day Walk 2012 Website has now launched (Registration is Ready), and for the second year in a row, the University Kiwanis Club of Seattle and their foundation is matching the next $5,000 in individual donations.

We thank them for their continued support of The Healing Center, and children’s organizations throughout our community and the world.

The May Day Walk this year will be on Sunday, May 6, 2012, from 1-4pm at Gas Works Park.   Hop on the website: maydaywalk2012.kintera.org, take a look at the event information, and register as a team or individual walker.  If you need any assistance with registering, please email our May Day Walk Chair and Seattle University Intern, Mattie Bess at mattieb@healingcenterseattle.org, or phone The Healing Center, (206) 523-1206.

Proceeds from this Friend-ask-Friend fundraiser will directly benefit programs at The Healing Center.  Your participation is critical to the next family in need of healing.  Please join us and spread the word about how important The Healing Center is to grieving and healing families.

Can’t wait to see everyone on May 6th!

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.

1 Day Till May Day Walk

Sunday, May 1, 2011, 2pm
Gas Works Park

$51,810 Raised To Date

Excitement is in the air as our 3rd Annual May Day Walk fundraiser- benefiting The Healing Center is approaching!  We have launched our registration page and it is now available for individuals, families, and teams.

May Day celebrates the coming of summer and new beginnings. The Healing Center is excited to celebrate this holiday with a community walk-a-thon supporting our healing programs.

Please register for our May Day Walk and share the good works of The Healing Center by asking friends, family and co-workers to sponsor your walk in memory of your loved one, or in honor of your healing journey.

If you cannot attend the May Day Walk, we encourage you to become a “virtual walker,” because every little bit you do, helps The Healing Center support the next grieving adult, child, or family.

We hope you will join us for a fun filled day, and please encourage your friends and family to join us as we raise funds to support our healing programs.

Follow the link below and it will take you to the May Day Walk Homepage.

Do you need help registering or setting up your page?  We are happy to help you add photos, video or your story to make you website complete.  Just contact Rebecca at The Healing Center (206) 523-1206 or rebeccas@healingcenterseattle.org.

Welcome to Our Newly Designed Site!

Dear Healing Center Friends,

Welcome to our new web site! We are excited to make this change with the help of Liz Andrade of CMD+SHIFT Design, our talented volunteers Abigail Carter and Tom Monahan, and The Healing Center staff. We hope that this new format will allow us to support more adults, children, and families who are grieving and to offer additional support to our current Healing Center clients and friends.

Please let us know what you think – and tell your friends. I know that after I was widowed, every time someone I knew heard about someone else who was experiencing grief, I was the person they called. I am sure many of you have had similar experiences. We are the ones who others turn to when they have a friend or family member who is bereaved or about to be bereaved. People consider us the experts and in many ways, that is true. We hope that the new look of our web site will make it easier to support people who are looking for resources, whether or not they live in the Seattle area. Please let us know if you have ideas about improving our website, including links to sites that have helped you, books that you loved, articles, grief support organizations in other parts of the country or anything that will enhance what our site offers.

When we started our first support groups for younger widowed men and women in 1991, websites were absolutely not the way people found support. We have come a long way since that beginning. Twelve years ago, when we were still known as Widowed Young Person’s Support, Diane Brady, a support group member, designed our first ever web site. Thank you Diane, for getting us started. Diane is a long time Healing Center supporter and Visionary Club Member. Today, approximately half of our clients find us through the web.

Again, welcome to this new web site. We will continue to grow it to meet the needs of the people we serve. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Our Healing Center Community continues to grow and change in response to the feedback we receive from our clients and supporters.

Please send us your thoughts about our new look: info@HealingCenterSeattle.org

Take care!