Losing a loved one often feels like the end of the world. It doesn’t have to be. We hope these ideas with help you during this difficult time.
1. Reach out to a friend or family member
Family and friends can be your pillars of strength at a time like this. Talking to them about your grief and planning activities together can help alleviate the emotional pain and help you learn to live your life without the person you lost.
2. Write in a Journal
Letting your feelings out through a journal can help calm your mind and provides an outlet when you have trouble expressing feelings verbally. Experts advise writing your thoughts, feelings and even daily activities when in an emotional turmoil. Writing is beneficial in a variety of situations because it helps us to organize our thoughts, provides an outlet and the physical act of writing helps us heal.
3. Listen to music
Music has the power to heal. Period.
4. Go for a walk – outside if possible!
Simple things like taking a walk can help you take things off your mind, while providing a physical outlet and release for the stress you are experiencing. Walking outside has the added benefit of connecting to the earth and grounding ourselves. Grief can often make us feel disconnected from everything around us. Walking outside and taking deep breaths will also help you sleep better which in turn will help you feel better.
5. Write a letter to the deceased or to someone else experiencing grief
It has been found to be cathartic if the person experiencing grief writes a letter to the person they lost. Although the person that died will never see it, it is a way for the person grieving to express the things they didn’t have a chance to say when their loved one was alive. However, this can be a very difficult process and not everyone experiencing grief is ready for this task.
6. Play with a pet
If you are an animal person, chances are some furry friends would give you much relief than any of these other tips! Fret not if don’t have one, visit a friend who owns a pet or the local pet shelter. There are some furry hands waiting to lend you much needed support!
7. Take a bubble bath
At times of high stress, we often forget to take care of ourselves. A simple indulgence like a bubble bath can help refresh you inside out. Add some essential oils or fragrances to soothe you.
8. Read, watch movies or television
Consuming media content often distracts you from what you are doing, filling your mind with new thoughts. Use this effectively by reading or watching what you enjoy the most.
9. Attend a grief support group
Women’s Center of Greater Lansing offers support groups. Contact us for more details!
10. Talk to a counselor
Grief is individual, nobody experiences it the same way. Letting your feelings out to a counselor can help you deal with the unique problems that you face while grieving.
Wow, I’m still shaking. This has never happened to us. It’s still a little hard to wrap my brain around it.
Just when you think you’re doing this work and nobody really notices or cares, along comes two people who have noticed what we do and value our work in their community; they noticed our successes; saw our challenges; got up close and personal and talked with women they referred here for services and even a couple of our interns.
And made a decision.
With a string attached.
These wonderful people who wish to remain anonymous (I believe because they are the kind of people who do not want public accolades and just want their generosity to make a positive impact on our community) made a contribution that they will match dollar for dollar your contribution up to
How cool is that? The impact of their contribution will help sustain and grow the Women’s Center in so many ways. It will help us to:
make some needed repairs to the buildings
increase our programming
reduce expenses by refinancing our mortgage
update our computer programs and equipment, and ~
add an additional staff person to help with marketing, public relations and managing our social media.
Like I said, I’m still in awe at the possibilities this has presented for the Center.
We need YOUR help to maximize this incredible gift.
That’s where the string comes in. We need your gift by December 31, 2013 to take full advantage of the offer. These wonderful people see the needs the Center has, the value in our community and want us to be able to make the changes now to create a more sustainable financial future.
Will you help by making a donation today?
Click on the donate button. In the Company line write “matching gift”. Thank you.
On behalf of the board of directors, staff (Patsy & me), our interns and volunteers and especially the women we serve, thank you for your generosity.
We wish you a wonderful Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice or whatever you celebrate!
Executive Director &
Chief Hope Officer
Are you starting to feel the winter chill too? Many of the women who come to the Center don’t have coats, boots, or other stuff to keep them warm. This is where YOU come in! If you have coats, boots, hats, gloves, scarves, or any other warm stuff you can donate, please drop them off at the Center anytime Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.
We are also still taking donations of interview-worthy clothes for our Professional Clothes Closet. We especially need blouses, shoes, and purses.
Your donations make a huge impact on the people who receive them. Thank you for supporting the women we serve!
This Sunday, September 22 from 2-5pm we are hosting an art glass show by Julie Haan. Julie has been creating inspired works of glass for more than 20 years. Using a combination of engineering, design concepts and intuitive creativity, Julie expresses her artistry in stained glass, kiln-formed art glass and mosiac mediums.
Her unique approach brings color and form together to create pieces are both beautiful and functional. In 2012 she established JHAAN Studios so that she could devote herself full-time to her passion for glass and her desire to share her creations more broadly. Julie is living our mission of helping women realize their potential. Please join us for food, fun and fantastic art. RSVP to 372-9163.