Finding Joy in Grief

Do you remember life without grief? It may seem like a dream. Have you felt loneliness, anger, betrayal or bitterness? How are you handling trials that come your way? Many grievers are asking, “Can I experience joy while presently grieving”? It takes a lifetime to grieve the death of a loved one, but during your…

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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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A Grateful Goodbye

On September 5, 2017, Shirley Bowen, the executive director of The WARM Place, announced her retirement at the end of October after nearly two decades of service to grieving children.   “It has been my pleasure to lead The WARM Place as the executive director for the last six years.” says Shirley. “In my 17 years of being associated with…

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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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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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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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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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Volunteering is a Gift

Volunteers are just ordinary people with extraordinary hearts. They offer the gift of their time to listen, to help, to inspire, to build, to grow, to learn. They expect no pay, yet the value of their work knows no limit. They know the unexpected joy of a simple hug. They plant tiny seeds of love…

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Family: Engaging in the work of Grief together….

“Families can not only survive but thrive, if they allow their unique experiences of grief to knit them together and heal as one.” Dr. Christine Hibbert       Even though death is inevitable, with the death of a loved one comes a stream of emotions. Grief is necessary, yet it is synonymous with pain.…

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Making a List…

DID YOU KNOW, on average, we serve 340 children at any given time?  As you can imagine, we go through a ton of hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and craft supplies.  But do you know why The WARM Place has things like Ziploc bags, cake mix, stuffed animals, and gift cards on their Wish List?   DID…

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