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2021 Live Your Dash Luncheon

2021 Live Your Dash Luncheon

Full Circle is proud to present our annual Live Your Dash Luncheon Thursday, April 29, 2021. The luncheon is themed after the poem titled “The Dash” by Linda Ellis. Part of Ellis’ poem reads: “I read of a man who stood to speak at the…

Meet Live Your Dash Winner: Talley Baratka

Meet Live Your Dash Winner: Talley Baratka

As the founder of Impact 100 Richmond, Talley has never met a stranger. “Talley is a dear friend and our volunteer work together is some of the most rewarding, engaging, and enlightening time I have spent on this earth. We have laughed, cried, and learned so…

Meet Live Your Dash Winner: Caroline Neal

Meet Live Your Dash Winner: Caroline Neal

After ten years as a social worker in Chesterfield County, Caroline saw firsthand the vast needs of those in the foster care system. She saw a great need in the community and took action realizing even then, a small gesture could have a tremendous impact.…

Meet Live Your Dash Winner: Bonnie Price

Meet Live Your Dash Winner: Bonnie Price

In 1993, Bonnie was an emergency room nurse at St. Mary’s and saw a tremendous gap in how victims of sexual assault and domestic violence were treated when they came to the hospital. She knew there had to be a better way to treat these…

Meet Live Your Dash Winner: Amy Black

Meet Live Your Dash Winner: Amy Black

“Art can heal.” Those words are a perfect example of why Amy is one of this year’s Live Your Dash Award winners. Amy Black is the Owner and Operator of Amy Black Tattoos and the Founder and President of the Pink Ink Fund. Amy is…

Live Your Dash 2021 Award Winners

Live Your Dash 2021 Award Winners

Each Spring, Full Circle hosts a luncheon themed after the poem titled “Live Your Dash” and awards a select few in the Richmond area who are truly making a difference in our community. We’re excited to introduce this year’s Live Your Dash Award Winners who…

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…

10 Tips for Caregivers During COVID-19

10 Tips for Caregivers During COVID-19

By: Carrie Schaeffer, LCSW Caregiving for a loved one who is ill or frail is a full-time job that can be stressful under the best circumstances. Now, during the COVID19 crisis, caregivers are finding themselves coping with the daily needs of their loved one and dealing with…

Grief Across Developmental Stages

Grief Across Developmental Stages

Conversations About Grief (CAG) are a series of educational programs hosted by Full Circle professionals. Children grieve in a variety of ways emotionally, physically, behaviorally, and spiritually and often re-grieve at various milestones throughout their lives. This grief can impact them mentally, socially, and academically. As…

Helping Professionals Supporting Grieving Childen and Families

Helping Professionals Supporting Grieving Childen and Families

By Rachel Melhorn, LCSW, Family Bereavement Services Manager Conversations About Grief (CAG) are a series of educational programs hosted by Full Circle professionals. This conversation is an informative workshop for anyone working with children who have experienced a death of a loved one. Rachel shares hands-on ideas…

Supporting Those Grieving an Overdose Loss

Supporting Those Grieving an Overdose Loss

By: Stacia Macklin, LCSW Five years ago, Full Circle recognized that a growing number of families attending our general loss group were grieving the death of a loved one due to accidental drug overdose. In 2015, the number of youth impacted by accidental drug overdose deaths…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…