Novemberfest Success!

We are pleased to announce that not only did we meet our Novemberfest goal but we exceeded it by $2,000 to raise a total of $27,000!

Thank you so much to our donors, volunteers, and clients  who joined us for a night of German themed fun, and especially to our wonderful sponsors; Nintendo, NW Beverages, the American Dance Institute, The Pampered Chef, Starbucks, Chris Navarra of Prost! and Thomas Soukakos of Vios Cafe!

We hope to see you at our next fundraising event,F5’s S t. Patrick’s Day Dash!

2 Days till NovemberFest

Buy your tickets today; invite your friends; break out the Lederhosen!

Bye Viaduct, Hello Seattle Carmageddon. Wait out the traffic at our NovemberFest next FRIDAY NOV. 4TH, at St. Demetrios Hall in Seattle.  For more Event Info and Registration visit our Event Page.

This homegrown, community event will have all the warm and wonderful characteristics of a Healing Center Auction, without the auction!

Sponsored by our board member, Chris Navarra of Prost!, Nintendo, and NW Beverages, you can expect great German bier and food; a drawing for some fun trips and gifts; and most of all the sense of gratitude and celebration of day to day life that comes from helping grieving adults, children and families.

Invite the adults who have supported your journey, and celebrate The Healing Center community.  Click here to purchase your tickets or a table- NovemberFest.

Save the Date Transition Group Retreat!

Transition Group Retreat will take place the end of September, on the beautiful Vashon Island, led by our Adult Program Director, Dani Baker and our wonderful co-facilitating volunteer, Jane.

This retreat is made possible because of the generous donation of the Betty MacDonald House, by our Board Secretary Abigail Carter, author of  “The Alchemy of Loss: a young widow’s transformation” and blog at

DATE: September 30 – October 1

LOCATION: Vashon Island

For More Information: Dani Baker @

Ceremony of Remembrance Sunday, September 18th

Ceremony of Remembrance TableOur Ceremony of Remembrance  is a special time for our adult community to gather around each other and honor the light that our loved ones have given us throughout their lives.

It is a chance to come together, listen to beautiful music, share stories, light a candle for your loved one, listen for their name as they are acknowledged, and simply to be together in community.
To join us and for more information, please contact our office by calling 206-523-1206 or email Lisa at

DATE: Sunday, September 18

Time: 1:00 pm

LOCATION: The Valley School, 309 31st Ave. East, Seattle, WA 98112


Soaring Spirits – Hope Matters Newsletter June 2011

Days and Counting…
Camp Widow 2011

Is Camp Widow™ for you? Do you “qualify” as a widow? Can support people come too?Camp Widow™ welcomes anyone who has lost a life partner to participate in this program; all ages, men and women, married and not married widows, LGBT widowed, those with any/no faith background, remarried widows and their new partners. No matter how long you’ve been widowed, or how you joined our ranks, you will find a community like no other when you step up to the registration desk at Camp Widow™. We work hard to offer you a variety of resources that apply to any stage of the evolving journey of widowhood.  Your support system is welcome too, as are professionals working in the grief recovery field who would like to take part in this incredible weekend.


JUNE SPECIAL: Register for Camp in the month of June and be entered to win a free night’s stay at our host hotel, the fantastic San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina. Don’t wait, sign up HERE today!


When a friend is in crisis, and you don’t know how to help, there are ways to provide comfort and assistance that they will deeply appreciate. Exactly What They Need is a unique website created by our Sunday blogger, Kim Hamer, that provides practical tips for helping a friend in crisis. Utilizing her own experience, as well as those of many other people who have come into her life since the death of her husband Art in April of 2009, Kim helps you help your friend, your neighbor, your family member. Take a look HERE, and thanks Kim for speaking for those who often struggle to speak for themselves.


Share the Road: Save Lives

Soaring Spirits honors the lives of cyclists who have died in cycling related accidents with our Share the Road ride. This year’s event will be held on October 15, 2011 and will feature a 25 mile city tour, a 50 mile half century, and a 100 mile full century ride through the beautiful fall landscape of Ventura County, California. We are actively seeking sponsors for this event, as well as help in spreading the word to cyclists all over the greater Los Angeles area about this unique opportunity to support the Share the Road message. Each mile will honor a rider who lost their lives, if you know someone who should be remembered, we’d love to hear from you. 

Our goal is to help ensure that cyclists arrive home safely to their families after being out enjoying a healthy, green, and challenging pastime.

All proceeds from the Share the Road ride will benefit the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation. If you, or anyone you know, would be willing to help…please contact us at

Blog of the Month: Alone Together by Dan Cano

“We are alone, or we are not alone. We are newly widowed or we have been at it a long time. We are very young, or we are considered older. We come from this walk of life, or we come from another. We look similar to each other, or we don’t. We might have previously chosen to be friends, or we might not have. Yet here we are. We are reflections of each other. We share that knowing look in our eyes. We have the ability to touch each other’s hearts, and souls, in a deep and profound way.” Read more…

When Can I Register for my Camp Widow Workshops?

Due to an unexpected (and fabulous!) addition to our workshop schedule, we have delayed sending out registration selection sheets until….this weekend! By Friday June 3 each registered camper will receive instructions for selecting from the great list of choices for this year’s Camp Widow weekend. Take a look at the options HERE, just click on the title of any workshop for a summary and information about the presenter. We will be offering an early morning yoga class, new camper orientation, a chance the meet the founders of several amazing organizations dedicated to serving the widowed community, our Widow Dash 5K, and much, much more.

Thanks for your patience, and get those selection sheets back soon to ensure you are assigned to your first choice of workshops! What? Not signed up yet? Not to worry, there is room for everyone! From June 3 forward, all campers will receive their workshop selection instructions with their camp confirmation e-mail.

We can’t wait to welcome you to San Diego!!

Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation is a 501(c)3 Corporation. Your donations make providing a support network for grieving people around the world possible. With your help we provide peer based grief support for anyone who has lost a loved one, with a special emphasis on widowed people. We aim to create a network of support so large, and so visible, that no one need grieve alone. Thank you for supporting our efforts, because HOPE MATTERS.

May Day Walk Tomorrow- Gas Works Park, 2pm

Dear Healing Center Families —

Our May Day Walk is tomorrow!  Staff and Volunteers have put together the final touches for a beautiful afternoon of community activities. We hope you will join us.

While this is a fund-raising opportunity for The Healing Center, the most important aspect of the event is that our entire community comes together to honor our person who has died and to celebrate our Healing Center community.

Parking is available in the Gas Works Park lot and on the streets surrounding the park. For directions to the park, follow this link: Seattle Parks and Recreation-Gas Works Park.

Here’s a little glimpse of what you can expect:

  • Arrive at Gasworks Park at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 1, to smiling familiar faces greeting you and directing you to our Registration Tables.
  • At the Registration Table, you’ll be provided with a Healing Center May Day Walk t-shirt.
  • You will then be directed to the adjacent Coffee Table where coffee and tea will fuel you for the easy and scenic 1.1 mile walk ahead of you.
  • At the Coffee Table, you will also receive your first clue for the Scavenger Hunt. (First Clue: Walk through the Ten Doors. At the end, you will find your own solid unit of minerals!)
  • Additional smiling faces will then direct you to Tent #1 where you’ll receive your next clue.
  • And on it will go, until you reach the top of Kite Hill where your own personal message to your loved one will be added to our Healing Center Kite, soaring hundreds of feet (okay, may fifty feet) above you.

After the walk, you are invited to a catered picnic (courtesy of Dandelions & Olives, a catering company sponsoring the Walk and owned/managed by our very own Dana Jackson. A smorgasbord of deliciousness will be spread before you: sliders, grilled veggie sandwiches, corndog bites, pb&j sandwiches cut into fun shapes, pasta salad, and cornbread salad. Complete your meal with cheesecake bites, chocolate torte bites, rice crispy treats and a fruit plate, while the kids play organized fun games in the adjacent green space.

We are really knocking ourselves out for this one, and you don’t want to miss it!

Please join us! A happy day awaits!

Looking forward to seeing you there, Sunday, May 1!

Dani, Tom and Rebecca

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

Thank you Vios Cafe and Thomas Soukakos

On February 17, Vios fed the usual crowd of fans while donating 20% of the earnings to The Healing Center.

The lunch crowd included The Detlef Schrempf Foundation’s staff auction meeting.  Dinner rush takeouts were made by the Deasy family and board members Abby and Flip.  Filling tables for the evening were Tom and Kay Monahan, Resa Moore, Christiane Laakmann, Kath McCormack, Cathy and John Swenson.

Thank you all for supporting The Healing Center.  $1000 was donated to support programs for grieving adults, children and families.

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