Posts by Teresa Bartnicki

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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Art Therapy for Grieving Young Adults

Sometimes words are not adequate to express all that we are feeling. This is especially true in grief. When words won’t suffice, creative and expressive arts help us to expand our vocabulary and gain insight into our own inner world. Here at The WARM Place, we strive to provide various ways for grieving young adults…

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Listening is Your Most Powerful Tool

When people are upset, it is natural to want to “fix it”. This is especially true when it is our children. But usually our children aren’t asking us to come up with a solution. They just want us to be there for them. They want us to validate their feelings. They want us to listen.…

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There is No Hierarchy in Grief

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to slip into judging and comparing things? From the time we start learning, we are taught to measure, compare and categorize things. Initially, humans were hardwired to make judgments about everything in their environment for adaptation and survival. As we evolved, we began to carry our judgments…

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