When I Miss You

‘When I Miss You’, by Cornelia Maude Spelman, is a book that we sometimes read in our bereavement groups at Ryan’s Place. Although this book is not directly about the death of a loved one, it helps children to identify, and learn how to handle the...
The Importance of Memories

The Importance of Memories

This weekend I was fortunate enough to attend my uncle’s funeral with other family members.  I recognize that not everyone at this time in history is able to attend their loved one’s funeral, let alone with other family members present.  During our...
Fatherless Father’s Day

Fatherless Father’s Day

This Sunday, June 21st is Father’s Day, while many families will be celebrating Dad with backyard cookouts, gifts, golf, or fishing trips, others will not be celebrating. In 2019 Ryan’s Place provided grief support to over 800 children, of those 800 plus children, 11%...
Pillowcase Drawing

Pillowcase Drawing

Unsettling dreams and nightmares are common after the death of a loved one. It is also “normal” to have heightened fears during waking hours.  When someone we love dies we may fear that someone else close to us will die next. Adults can...
Make It Monday – Mindful Breathing Wand

Make It Monday – Mindful Breathing Wand

Mindfulness: the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something; a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic...
Journaling Prompts

Journaling Prompts

For me, journaling has always been a cathartic way to put my thoughts and feelings into words.  Writing over the years has helped me to process my grief, anxiety, and feelings of helplessness.  Words are powerful. Putting them onto paper, or onto a computer screen,...