Posts by Lisa Nichols

Suicide Awareness also means supporting those left behind

September is National Suicide Awareness Month, and you might notice social media posts about prevention with links to the National Suicide Hotline. At The WARM Place we have almost 100 people currently in our program who are grieving the suicide death of a loved one. That’s a significant number and, sadly, we see the number…

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National Grief Awareness Day 2017

In honor of National Grief Awareness Day, we wanted to bring attention to the importance of what we say to grieving children, family members, friends, and students. Many times, the statements we make to grieving children and teens are designed to make us feel better, not them. For example, it is not helpful to tell…

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Activity Spotlight: The Worry Monster

This summer, The WARM Place was invaded by our newest friend, our very own Worry Monster! The Worry Monster is brought into our groups to help the children identify their worries and fears. Children write or draw their worries on slips of paper. Then they “feed” them to the Worry Monster! Some children say the…

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The Return of Pre-K Group this Fall

The halls at The WARM Place will soon be filled with our littlest grieving hearts. Our Fall Pre-K Grief Support Group starts on September 13th. If you have a grieving child between the ages of 3 ½ to 5, this group may be what you are looking for! We are so excited that this session…

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Finding the Lost Child: NAGC Wrap-up

Last week, more than 450 grief counselors and administrators from all over the US and Canada gathered in Richmond, Virginia for the 21st Annual National Symposium on Children’s Grief, hosted by the National Association for Grieving Children. WARM Place Counselor, Gina Brown, and I were fortunate to attend. The conference is such a moving experience.…

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The 2017 Grief Symposium is coming!

Mark your summer schedule now to attend our 2017 Grief Symposium for School Counselors, Teachers and Administrators. One of the most frequent calls we receive at The WARM Place is from caring counselors and teachers asking how they can help a grieving student at their school. According to the New York Life Foundation, 7 out…

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Grief is Beyond Sadness, Grief is Physical

When their loved one dies, a child’s world changes into an unfamiliar place. Routine tasks become exhausting. The simplest task may seem daunting. They may have unexplained stomach aches and headaches. They may have angry outbursts or intense panic attacks. All of these reactions can lead a child to think they are simply going crazy.…

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How Music Connects Us to the Ones We Love

Music is a powerful way to remember your loved one and feel connected to them again. We use music a lot at The WARM Place. All of our groups begin with several minutes of calming, instrumental music to create a sense of peace and centering. Children’s groups sing songs to learn about their feelings. Teen…

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Why We Choose To Remember

The beginning of 2017 will bring about some very fun events that will benefit The WARM Place. ‘Ride to Remember‘ at Cycle Bar is happening on January 14th and on March 4th  , ‘Race 2 Remember Them‘ will be our first 10k/5k race. The word “remember” is so important to us at The WARM Place. That may…

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Grieving Through the Holidays

It has been said that the holidays will magnify what is good ~and what is missing~ in your life. When you are missing a loved one who has died, every emotion can feel so magnified that you want to crawl into a hole and hide for the next 3 months. First of all, that is…

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