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Family Activities to Support Grieving Children

Family Activities to Support Grieving Children

By Rachel Melhorn, LCSW, Family Bereavement Services Manager Conversations About Grief (CAG) are a series of educational programs hosted by Full Circle professionals. Tune in to this CAG to learn about ways you can support your grieving child through challenging emotions.  In light of COVID-19, our CAG…

Grief & Loss During the Holidays

Grief & Loss During the Holidays

This year, our Hands on Healing family groups created this What’s Your Grief remembrance activity — a simple, yet meaningful way to explore the complex feelings around the loss of a loved one and a wonderful way to create a special piece to remember loved…

Staying Connected Through Social Distancing

Staying Connected Through Social Distancing

By Carrie Schaeffer, LCSW, Perinatal Bereavement Services Manager “We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives…

Mindful Movement to Support Grieving Children

Mindful Movement to Support Grieving Children

By Rachel Melhorn, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist For many children, movement (bouncing, running, fidgeting, skipping) is a natural state of being. Many times, when we ask kids to “pay attention,” what we are really saying is “stop moving,” but physical movement has such a positive…

Coping with Isolation While Grieving

Coping with Isolation While Grieving

By Maryse Eubank, M.Ed At times, grieving individuals often find themselves intentionally self isolating. The choice may be made for a variety of reasons such as the fear of breaking down in public, the realization that many previously enjoyed activities don’t seem as important anymore or…

Family Grief Support: Hands on Healing

Family Grief Support: Hands on Healing

What is Hands on Healing?  Full Circle’s Hands on Healing (HOH) groups support children ages 3-17 and their adult caregiver who have experienced the loss of someone significant to them. In HOH, we incorporate art-based interventions to support children and families in exploring their feelings all…

12 Ways of Giving

12 Ways of Giving

It’s been a challenging nine months, and we couldn’t have done it without you. You supported us after we canceled all three of our in-person fundraisers and moved all of our grief support programming to a virtual format. We invite you to join us for…

12 Days of Giving!

12 Days of Giving!

Will you join us for the 12 Days of Giving?  We are excited to kick off our 12 Days of Giving celebration on Giving Tuesday – Tuesday, December 1. Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their…

We Need to Know You Remember Them

We Need to Know You Remember Them

By: Allyson England Drake, M.Ed, CT I often am asked, by caring friends and family members, about the best ways to support an individual who is grieving the death of a loved one. I have a variety of practical answers, of course — like start…

Community Circle

Community Circle

Coming in early 2021! We’ve missed seeing you this year, and we are so grateful for your support. As a small token of our appreciation for our most generous donors, we want to invite you to hear about Full Circle’s programming, outcomes from 2020, and…

Grounding Techniques to Support Grieving Children

Grounding Techniques to Support Grieving Children

By Rachel Melhorn, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist Here at Full Circle, we talk a lot about “big feelings.” When we use this term, we are referring to grieving children’s struggles with emotional regulation. This may look like an extended tantrum, uncontrollable crying, fit of anger,…

Journaling for Healing

Journaling for Healing

By Britt Cowart, LCSW, Grief Services Director Grief journaling is one way of allowing ourselves the space for genuine healing to take place, whether we’re ready and willing to express ourselves to others or not.  Due to the copious amount of research suggesting that grief journaling…

Supporting Emotional Regulation in Grieving Children

Supporting Emotional Regulation in Grieving Children

By: Rachel Melhorn, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist  Grieving children often feel a range of emotions from sadness and anger to jealousy or fear. When a child is “dysregulated” they may be tantruming, highly anxious, or “checked out.” All of these are reactions to big and…

Suicide Loss: Upcoming Webinar

Suicide Loss: Upcoming Webinar

This month, Full Circle will be bringing awareness and providing resources as we lead up to International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day on Saturday, November 21, 2020. This day is meant for survivors of suicide loss to come together to find connection, understanding, and hope…

In the Company of Misery

In the Company of Misery

By: Jamala Arland When my son, Jasper, died, so many women reached out and shared their stories of pregnancy and infant loss. Some were peripherally in our lives, mostly only through social media, and so we had no idea. Some were close to us and…

A Father’s Grief

A Father’s Grief

By: Adam Carpenter In November of 2017 my life changed forever. My wife and I unexpectedly lost our first daughter at 23 weeks gestation. The pain and emotions that I was feeling were stronger than anything I had ever felt before. I was terrified that…

Conversations About Grief: Grieving A Miscarriage

Conversations About Grief: Grieving A Miscarriage

By Carrie Schaeffer, LCSW, Perinatal Bereavement Services Manager Conversations About Grief (CAG) are a series of educational programs hosted by Full Circle professionals. In this week’s conversation, Carrie discusses grief after miscarriage. This CAG explores the feelings related to miscarriage and the impact that it has on…

Remember Your Baby After Pregnancy or Infant Loss

Remember Your Baby After Pregnancy or Infant Loss

By: Carrie Schaeffer, LCSW, Perinatal Bereavement Services Manager One of the many things that make pregnancy and infant loss so painful and bewildering is that there are not many memories and mementos left behind as there are when a person who has lived a longer life…

12 Ways We Remember Our Loved One

12 Ways We Remember Our Loved One

Celebrating 12 Years of Full Circle When my sister-in-law died, many family members were with her in those final moments. To honor and remember her, we like to gather together every year around that anniversary. Usually, my husband’s brothers and their families pile into our…

Celebrating 12 Years of Full Circle

Celebrating 12 Years of Full Circle

Thoughts from our staff, board members, and community members I was introduced to Full Circle by someone who had worked with me during my time at Dominion. As I learned more and “had the tour,” I realized what an important organization this is for so many.…

12 Quotes About Grief

12 Quotes About Grief

Celebrating 12 Years of Full Circle “Grief is the price we pay for love.” – Queen Elizabeth II “Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is…

Conversations About Grief: Grounding Techniques for Grieving Adults

Conversations About Grief: Grounding Techniques for Grieving Adults

By Stacia Macklin, LCSW, ACSW, Clinical Director Conversations About Grief (CAG) are a series of educational programs hosted by Full Circle professionals. This CAG, generously sponsored by Homelight, shares ways to reduce feelings of overwhelm and anxiety in adults and teens. Stacia will lead you through 5 Grounding…

12 Resources Worth Sharing

12 Resources Worth Sharing

Celebrating 12 years of Full Circle 1.  What’s Your Grief An online community that provides hope, support, and education to anyone wishing to understand the complicated experience of life after loss. 2.  Still Standing Still Standing Magazine has been the world’s leading online voice in…

A Month of Remembrance

A Month of Remembrance

At Full Circle, we know that every grief journey is different. We support grieving families, we raise awareness about the grief process, and we provide a safe place throughout that process. Grief has no time limit or schedule. We have seen COVID-19 change the world,…

Ways to Support Grieving Children During This Global Crisis

Ways to Support Grieving Children During This Global Crisis

By Rachel Melhorn, LCSW, Family Bereavement Services Coordinator We recognize the challenges many parents are facing as they are tasked with closures to businesses and schools. Below are some tips to support children who are grieving during this challenging time.  Please do not hesitate to…

Remembering Your Loved Ones on Special Occasions

Remembering Your Loved Ones on Special Occasions

By Stacia Macklin, LCSW, ACSW, Clinical Director Conversations About Grief (CAG) are a series of educational programs hosted by Full Circle professionals. This CAG will explore ways to honor and remember your loved ones in meaningful ways on special occasions. In light of COVID-19, our CAG program will…