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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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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The WARM Place donor – inspiration, one heart at a time…

We are so honored to have generous donors with remarkable dedication, warmth and genuine caring for the children in our Grief Support program!  It is because of these donors that we are able to continue to offer our services at no cost to the families that attend our program.   The donor spotlight today shines on…

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Volunteers Make The Magic Happen!

It’s April, and that means it is officially Volunteer Appreciation month! These days, just about everything has a “day”, or “week”, or even a “month”-  but for us at The WARM Place we look forward to every April as an opportunity to recognize the reason that our program is possible…our VOLUNTEERS! This past Saturday we hosted…

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A Note from Shirley

I first became aware of The WARM Place as a resource for a practicum site while I was attending graduate school. The year was 2000, and I was so excited to learn about with the work that was being done to help grieving children deal with their death losses. At that time, I was in…

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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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Spotlight on Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial

Have you ever heard of a company that invests heavily into community support instead of big advertising efforts?  We have, and we are so lucky to call them good friends of The WARM Place!  The company is Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, and they started supporting The WARM Place in 2016.  Their first project was funding…

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Teens Use Emojis To Talk About Their Feelings

The counselors at The WARM Place are always looking for innovative ways to help teens express their feelings.  Most teenagers want to talk about their feelings but they may be apprehensive or confused about how to share such deep feelings of loss. Recently, one of our groups used emoji’s to talk about their grief experiences.…

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That’s A Wrap!

Our first Volunteer Facilitator Training of 2017 is officially complete! Facilitators are the volunteers who lead the activities and discussions that take place in our grief support groups. A total of 19 facilitators completed this spring training session and we just can’t wait to see how our new additions enhance our already-stellar volunteer groups! Our 22…

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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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