June 2013


Compassion for the Caregiver


 As a Bereavement Coordinator, I am honored to work with amazing caregivers. They tell their stories of diagnoses, treatment, and eventual death of their loved (and sometimes not-so-loved) ones. Because they have been so focused on caring for others, sometimes for decades, it is no wonder that in grief, they may have a difficult time identifying how they feel and what they need.
 
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June 21 2013


A Child's View: Blooming and Growing in Your Grief


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​School is out and it is time to play! Everything that was planted in the spring is beginning to bloom. The weather is nice and it's time to relax and have fun! However, for some of you this may be your first summer without your loved one and you're not having that much fun. You no longer have the daily routine of school to keep you busy and you find yourself spending more time thinking about your loved one who has died, and that's okay. To remember your special person, there are a lot of fun activities you can do by yourself, with a friend or a family member.
 
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June 21 2013


Grants Sustain the School Crisis Response Program


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Hospice of the Western Reserve is grateful for continued grant funding for its School Crisis Response Program from The Ridgecliff Foundation ($25,000) and The Pentair Foundation ($5,000). Both Foundations have provided annual support since 2007. This continuity has enabled the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center to develop deep staff expertise and strong, trusting relationships with area schools.
 
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June 21 2013


Consider Planting a Remembrance Garden


Summertime provides us with an opportunity to spend time outdoors. While grieving the death of your loved one, you may want to consider a gardening project.

Working with the earth is a great way to connect with nature, expend energy in a positive way, and create something beautiful. A remembrance garden is a wonderful tribute. It's an undertaking that can be done individually or by the whole family. The garden becomes a quiet relaxing retreat, a space for reflection and remembering.
 
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June 21 2013


Book Review: A Time to Grieve


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In A Time to Grieve, author and grief consultant Carol Staudacher offers a useful companion for the newly bereaved. Each page includes a well chosen quote and a short essay addressing a common grief experience. At the end of each essay is a meditation to help strengthen the reader's resolve to manage that issue in a positive way. The book is organized to identify the phases of grief: Retreating, Working Through, and Resolving.
 
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June 21 2013

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