Play-Doh Grief Monster

Many feelings arise during grief, and these emotions are a true expression of where you are in your grief journey. It is important to recognize and learn from those feelings. The first step in dealing with them is to acknowledge and name them. Exploring your feelings allows you to learn healthy ways to express them.…

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Acknowledging Grief in a Pandemic

Grieving during the COVID-19 pandemic can be a challenging time for families. Coping with a death loss is difficult, but grief during this time can be especially hard and perhaps more intense. People have also been experiencing secondary losses including financial hardship, unemployment, loss of support systems, changes in lifestyle, changes to daily routines, and…

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Finding Gratitude in a Pandemic

Before this pandemic, we were going about our lives, the hustle and bustle, going here and there, consumed with being so busy. Perhaps this time of social distancing has afforded us an opportunity to slow down a little. Maybe you have taken time to reflect on things you are grateful for, no matter how small.…

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Creative Ways to Share Your Grief Stories at Home

Sometimes telling our story or expressing our feelings can be difficult. These activities help children communicate with family members in a creative way. As always, we’d love to see and hear how you and your family are doing these activities at home together! Email your photos and thoughts about the activities to dana@thewarmplace.org. Tell Your Story…

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Finding Comfort in Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is upon us… For those who have lost a loved one, it can bring a mixture of emotions. Grief may be felt day-by-day or moment-by-moment. Traditions bind families together for generations. Many families may cling to traditions both big and small after the death of a loved one. Some families find solace…

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How Should I Tell My Child?

“How should I tell my child?” is a question that we hear often regarding the death of a loved one. It is not easy to talk about death, and as adults, it overwhelms us. Imagine how hard it is for children to navigate. Many people struggle with talking about death, even though it is an…

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Choose a Hero

It’s hard to ignore Father’s Day coming up on June 16th. Fathers everywhere will be celebrating their day and honored for their special role. But, how do we celebrate without fathers? You yearn to share the day and to celebrate, but instead you must carry on without him. You remember fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, or other…

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Pre-K Children Express Grief Through Art

We recently finished up another spring Pre-K group at The WARM Place! In addition to our evening groups, The WARM Place provides an outlet for our youngest grievers twice a year, during the spring and fall. These 10-week sessions are specifically designed for children ages 3 ½ -5 years old that are grieving the death…

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That Time of Year Again

A time most parents get excited about and most children cringe — back-to-school marks the end of relaxed schedules, sleeping in, and summer vacations. Preparing for going back to school is a whirlwind of activity. Everyone is examining their checklist: New clothes Backpack School supplies Lunchbox Carpool/bus schedule Back-to-school for a grieving child is more…

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Pay Tribute This Father’s Day

It is hard to escape holidays in America, almost impossible really, and Father’s Day is no exception. We see the big Father’s Day signs over the greeting card section in the store, the tv commercials of fathers and children playing in the summer sun, and every subject line in our inbox seems to scream “GREAT GIFTS FOR DAD!” If…

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