Category: Staff Articles

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 

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 

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 

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 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 

Grief & Bereavement for LGBTQ+ Youth

Grief & Bereavement for LGBTQ+ Youth

By Rachel Melhorn, LCSW, Family Bereavement Services Manager In supporting LGBTQ+ youth through grief and loss, it is important to remember the unique experience of these individuals. While it is not unusual for all youth who have experienced a loss to feel alone, a lack 

Managing Anxiety and Fear During the COVID-19 Crisis

Managing Anxiety and Fear During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Stacia Macklin, LSCW, Clinical Director During this COVID crisis, we are all having to process and navigate change, uncertainty, new expectations at home and work, information (and predictions and opinions!), and increased emotional and mental drain. This can all be heightened and intensified when we 

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