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th[1]One thing that brought joy in my widowhood, was traveling. My friends and family would agree, that it was hard to keep me from driving around the country. I had to keep moving in order to deal with the pain of grief. If these cruises were around at that time (over 20 years ago) you bet I’d be signing up!

Visit The Grief Toodlbox and find out about the 2018 Bereavement Cruise out of Tampa, Florida for a 5-night Western Caribbean Cruise:

 THE 2018 BEREAVEMENT CRUISE

GET YOUR REGISTRATION IN EARLY TO GET
THE BEST PRICE AND CABIN LOCATION. SEE LINKS BELOW!

I HOPE YOU WILL PLAN TO JOIN US.  PLEASE VISIT OUR EVENT WEBSITE TO LEARN ABOUT THE CRUISE AND TO REGISTER.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
CALL:  LIN FINDLAY
315-725-6132

Click the link below to register for the Bereavement Cruise:
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Kids Camp offered through Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation

Do you know a child who is grieving due to a recent loss?   We still have openings for our Kid’s Camp sponsored by Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation!   Our camp is overseen by credentialed and licensed Clinical and Master’s level Social Worker and Psychology staff.  Our camp staff and volunteers are highly trained and specialize in grief and loss.    Kid’s Camp has designed fun, interactive activities for the children, age 6 to 12, to bond and share, play and gain tools to help them with their grief.

For some reason I couldn’t get the link to copy…so please go to the following website for more information. Sorry!

https://crhcf.org/Crossroads-Kids/

A place for grieving children to connect.

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Cropped pictureFrom my experience, as a young widow raising children, this is not an easy answer. First, I had to work through my grief. There’s no specific time limit for grief. It’s when a widow has worked through the stages and has accepted the loss. For me, it took two years before I could see the light of joy again.

I believe the parent must first work through grief to be capable of entering into another relationship. If they don’t, they could have unresolved grief and the children might have compounded grief. However long it takes, widows must work through their grief to then help their children complete theirs.

Once I was in a healthier state of mind and accepted my loss, I then realized my children still had a ways to go. After two years of widowhood, with an 8 and 9 yr. old, I had a marriage proposal. I really had to pray about it. A counselor told me that children can take on average four and a half years to work through grief.

So I put my heart and wants to the side. My children were my top priority and I had to make sure they resolved their grief before I moved on. I had them in support groups and children’s grief camps. I brought them to see counselors when I saw it was appropriate. And I always prayed for God’s direction!

So all my sacrifices and hard work paid off! It has produced the most beautiful joys and rewards. It wasn’t easy! I did remarry once my children were grown and on their own paths in life. My one daughter is married and my other is engaged. They have both been making very good decisions in their lives. Read my book to find out all the details of how the three of us made it through.

A Widow’s Pursuit: Finding Out There’s More to Life Than Grief

 

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New GriefShare groups usually start up in August or September: Click on the picture below and if you have facebook, it will bring you to my facebook page to hear the video. If you don’t have facebook, go to griefshare’s website: www.griefshare.org to get all the information about the organization and find a location near you!
Now is the perfect time to connect with a GriefShare group meeting near you. Many groups are gearing up to start new 13-week cycles. If you are grieving the loss of a friend or loved one, find the nearest group at www.griefshare.orgGriefShare is a weekly seminar/support group. The seminar is video-based, and features leading experts on dealing with your grief. This video will give you a small sample of the kind of help you will find by attending a GriefShare group. On this short clip, you will hear from Susan Lutz, one of 46 grief grief experts featured in the GriefShare program.

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This past year, September 19, 2013, I had the opportunity to speak to a H.U.G.S. (Healing Under God’s Sovereignty) Grief support group in Deltona, FL. My dear friend, Carol Keefer, who facilitates this ministry for grieving parents, arranged a weekly meeting where I shared a message about FILLING THE VOID.

Losing a child is quite different than losing a spouse, however, any void that results from a loss of a loved one, has to be filled with something. The following youtube video is the message I shared with these grieving parents and I’d also like to share it with anyone that has a void to fill during his or her grief.

A Widow’s Pursuit: Filling the Void

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=SHE7ilbwuzs

A special “Thank You” to my friend, Lisa Dolce, for helping me put this together.

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aseasonofgriefsmall[1]Oh Dear! It’s that time of year again….HOLIDAYS…

For some, that means happiness, joy, and sweet memories. For others, it means sadness, grief, and bitter-sweet memories.

The GriefShare organization has an annual event called, “Surviving the Holidays”. This helps in dealing with the intense pain of grief during the holidays. Local churches around the world sponsor these seminars.  Find out where the closest “Surviving the Holidays” is to you. The event is about 2 hours long. It includes a 40 minute video along with some group discussion as you meet others that are dealing with grief during this holiday season.

If you’ve never heard of or been to a GriefShare group, and you’re experiencing grief from a loved one’s death, this may be the perfect time of year to start.

GriefShare is a grief recovery support group where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one. When you go to the GriefShare website, you can enter your zip code to find the closest group to your home.

I strongly encourage anyone who is presently experiencing grief, to seek out a local group. If you’re not ready for a group, another option to consider, is to receive daily GriefShare e-mails for an entire year. There are 365 daily messages that will help and encourage you through a year of the grieving process.

GriefShare is a journey from mourning to Joy!

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My on-line friend, Ferree Hardy, has compiled some wonderful childrens’ grief resources. Please visit her blog,  Widow’s Christian Place for more Christian grief camps.

With summer upon us, have you considered finding a “grief camp” for your children to attend?

Often, your local hospice will sponsor such a thing. Exclusively Christian grief camps for kids are rare, so prayerfully consider what’s available in your community. Children might not seem like they need any help—yet. But if you can help equip them now for later on when they’re ready to deal with it, you’ll be a step ahead.Grief Camps:Camp Erin by the Moyer Foundation. Comfort Zone Camp camps are in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, VirginiaOther resources for grieving children:National Alliance for Grieving Children Many articles about grieving children, and a map you can click on for help your area.New York Life Foundation This website link goes directly to the children’s page, but has lots of other help too

Hello Grief I’ve set up this link to the Hello Grief page of state-by-state resources. Find your state, click on it to discover the available programs.

Olivia’s House in York, PA mentioned in Renee’s comment below

Please remember that children can take many years to work through their grief. I was told by a counselor that on average, it can take children about 4 and a half years. I never forgot what she said and made sure that before I got on with my life in certain areas, I made sure my children made it through their grief first.

Read more about how I helped my children through their grief in my book: A Widow’s Pursuit: Finding Out There’s More to Life than Grief.   

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