Posts by Teresa Bartnicki

World Suicide Prevention Day

Out of approximately 312 families currently in our program, 54 families attend The WARM Place due to the loss of a loved one by suicide. In other words, one in every five families at The WARM Place are impacted by suicide. That is a staggering number. The numbers highlight the responsibility The WARM Place has…

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A Community of Support – NAGC Symposium 2018

Several WARM Place staff members recently had the opportunity to attend the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) Symposium, which was held in San Antonio, Texas, during the last week of June. The symposium is held every year to allow children’s grief agencies to come together and exchange knowledge, ideas and best practices for providing…

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A Place for Young Adults to Grieve

Did you know The WARM Place provides grief support groups for young adults ages 19-25 who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life? Mostly comprised of Gen-Xers and Millennials, this fast-paced group frequently has difficulty finding support when they need it. In the age of ever-changing technology and the rise of…

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When is it Time to ‘Close’? – Part II

This is Part II of a blog series about ‘closing’ at The WARM Place – What does it mean to close? When is it time to close? and What happens after I close? You can read Part I of the series here.  One of the most frequently asked questions at The WARM Place is “How…

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What Does it Mean to ‘Close’? – Part I

This is Part I of a blog series about ‘closing’ at The WARM Place – What does it mean to close? When is it time to close? and What happens after I close? Sometimes in grief, the most difficult feelings to work through are feelings of “unfinished business.” One of the biggest sources of unfinished…

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Be an Advocate for Grieving Young Adults

Did you know that the WARM Place has a special support group for young adults, ages 19-25? For many, the time between the ages of 19-25 is commonly referred to as the “age of possibility” (Munsey, 2006). This is a time in many people’s lives where possibilities are endless and optimism reigns. Young adults are…

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Going Back to School with Confidence after a Death Loss

The start of EVERY new school year is such a significant time for children and teens. They don’t typically look back at their childhood or teen years and say, “In 2017…this happened.” Instead, they are more likely to say, “When I was in the 6th grade…” It’s no wonder that children and teens look toward…

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Navigating Grief as a Young Adult

As the director of the Young Adult group at The WARM Place, I share a special kinship with the 19-25 year-olds grieving the loss of a loved one. I was 22 when my brother died. I remember vividly the day that my younger brother called me and asked me to come home as soon as…

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What If I Told You Father’s Day was born from Grief?

The first recorded observation of Father’s Day in the U.S. was much different from today’s modern holiday of TV ads, Dads with Donuts, phone calls, barbecues, sending cards and purchasing gifts and cool gadgets. The first observation was meant to be a special day of remembrance primarily accompanied by sadness and grief. It was an…

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