Ryan's Place Blog

Wellness Wednesday: Grief & the Holidays

Easter isn't the first holiday that comes to mind when we talk about grief and the holidays, but it can be jarring with all the talk of spring, rebirth, and new life. Different special days or holidays are experienced differently by those grieving, depending on what...

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Make-It Monday: Easter Egg Wreath

Holidays after a loved one has died are never easy, and Easter is no exception. This year may be especially difficult due to social distancing and having to stay at home without extended family for safety and health reasons. Being physically apart from loved ones this...

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Family Fun Friday – Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Did you know that fresh air and sunshine can have a very positive effect on depression and many of the other difficult feelings that come along with grief? Social distancing does not mean you cannot spend some time outside each day. This Family Fun Friday we encourage...

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Wellness Wednesday: Grief & Anxiety

Grief is a complicated process. It changes and evolves, no two days are the same.  Due to the trauma of death and grief, you may feel anxiety.  You may think "Something painful and unbearable happened, what will keep it from happening again"? Anxiety and...

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Make-It Monday: Book of Thoughts

As we all enter another week of social and physical distancing there are likely a lot of different thoughts and questions going through your head, as well as that of your child or teen. Children, teens, and adults all have lots of thoughts, questions, worries, and...

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Family Fun Friday

In these crazy times of social distancing, many people are turning to movies to help pass the time. What is great about movies, especially movies made for kids, is that they often address grief and the subsequent emotions in a way children can understand and relate...

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Wellness Wednesday: Self Care

We are living in a stressful time in history, making it extra important that we practice self-care as we’re grieving.  The “normal” emotions experienced during grief: anxiety, loneliness, sadness, and anger may be heightened during this time.  It’s easy to be hard on...

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Make-It Monday: Worry Monster

The spread of COVID-19 not only is bringing concerns about health and safety but also a great deal of uncertainty. This uncertainty can lead to a lot of worry, stress, and anxiety that is new and uncomfortable. Families may be wondering when, if at all this year, kids...

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Hope for the Holidays

Our 2017 Holiday Letter was recently sent out and this year we shared the story of an impressive and articulate young lady named Chelsea. Chelsea started coming to Ryan's Place when was 7 years old after the death of her father Darrel who died in a motorcycle...

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Rules At Impact: How to Survive Early Grief

At Ryan's Place, we are considered the "experts" in grief, but we may not always have the answers and yet many times one finds us while looking for answers and support soon after the death of a loved one. We found this "self-care" infographic at Refuge in Grief, a...

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