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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Honoring Dad this Father’s Day

Though significant dates hold a special place in our memories and hearts, there is added pressure with how to celebrate on these specific dates. When grieving, it may be hard to determine how to celebrate, or even if you feel ready to celebrate. With Father’s Day approaching, this could elicit many feelings. Even if you…

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Twenty-Three Years In the Making

September 1998 was the year my world would change. My dad died of a heart attack. My sister and I had experienced the death of a loved one before, but none like this. The WARM Place was introduced to us from my school counselor at the time, and we had no idea of how impactful…

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Grieving Through Transitions and Milestones

Over the course of this last year, milestones were uniquely celebrated. Many gatherings were held virtually or in a drive-thru format. (Even The WARM Place hosted Drive-thru Family Nights!) Some households were forced to isolate from others for periods of time, and events were rescheduled. Though our world has had to be inventive with ways…

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Memories With Mom

“To the world you are a mother, but to your family you are the world.” Mother’s Day is a special day to honor and celebrate the mothers and mother figures that have made an impact in your life. Honoring and celebrating your loved ones after a death can bring a flood of different emotions. The…

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Using Strength as Your Shield

Grief isn’t something you just “get over”. It is learning strength and bravery in a new way. In difficult times we rely on our strengths to protect us and help us maneuver the rough parts in our lives. When we are feeling extremely sad, angry, fearful, or just plain overwhelmed, it is easy to lose…

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Stepping into Spring

With spring’s arrival, flowers begin to bloom, weather becomes warmer, and winter fades away. Spring is often seen as a new beginning and a time to remove the old and make room for what is new. That can sometimes be difficult for a grieving family. It’s important with grief to continue to keep your loved…

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Four Activities to Help Process Grief and Memories

Preserving and discussing memories about your loved one may feel like a difficult task based on how you grieve, how your child grieves, and how you grieve together as a family. The following activities ignite discussion and reflection about beloved qualities missed in our loved ones. Spend some time as a family or individually reflecting on your…

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Nurturing Grieving Hearts this Valentine’s Day

Many associate Valentine’s Day with chocolates, greeting cards, flowers, and stuffed animals. Though this holiday is a reminder to spread love to those you care about, this holiday can be exceptionally difficult for grieving families. Just like any holiday or significant date, grief thoughts and feelings can make it feel nearly impossible to self-regulate throughout…

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You Can Climb Mountains

Ringing in the new year may have been something you have been looking forward to for many months. As we anticipate what this new year may hold, it can bring a mixture of emotions. Many families have shared that they are grateful to have 2020 in their rearview mirror and feel hopeful for the future.…

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