A Night of Language, Grief and Celebration

The Healing Center is proud to promote the release of Alex Gallo-Brown’s poetry book,
The Language of Grief.”  The official release party is this Friday, and any client who attends will receive a copy of Alex’s book, courtesy of The Healing Center and its generous donors.  For more information about Alex and this event, please follow the links below.  Hope to see you there!
DATE: Friday, July 27, 2012   
TIME: 8pm-11pm
LOCATION: Richard Hugo House 1634 11th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122 
Please join us for the official release party for Alex Gallo-Brown’s  “The Language of Grief.”  Tom Pepe and Quenton Baker will be performing.  Wine will be provided.
Info about the reading here:
Invite your friends – it should be a great evening.


Alex is the eldest son of Laurie Brown and Nick Gallo.
Click here for the author’s bio http://www.alexgallobrown.com/about.html

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 www.abigailcarter.com.

DATE: September 30 – October 1

LOCATION: Vashon Island

For More Information: Dani Baker @ dani@healingcenterseattle.org

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 contact@sharetheroadsv.com.

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.

Rock the Holidays Seattle Event: Benefiting the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation

Festive nutcrackers and bright holidays lights will welcome you to Salty’s Seattle! Celebrate the power of community by joining the fun: a silent auction, delicious appetizers, SSLF merchandise, and friends new and old…all right on the water of the Puget Sound at Salty’s Seattle.

Ticket price is $30, come and shop for some unique gifts while supporting a great cause!

Where: Salty’s Seafood Grill Alki Beach 1936 Harbor Ave. S.W.

When: Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 6:00PM

Who: Everyone is welcome…the more the merrier!

Get tickets: Online at: www.sslf.org/events.html

Or mail your check and ticket request to:

SSLF 2828 Cochran St. #194 Simi Valley, CA 93065

Help us spread the message of hope this holiday season by coming out and joining the fun!

Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation is a national network of support for anyone grieving the loss of someone they love–with a special emphasis on those who have been widowed.  SSLF offers a variety of programs intended to connect our members for the  two-fold purpose of providing peer based support opportunities, and connecting the many wonderful organizations that provide services offering comfort for those traveling the difficult journey of grief.