Voices of Care

When Grieving a Loved One Who Has Died From Substance Use

Posted on January 3, 2019 by Erin Uzarski, MS

People grieving the loss of someone who has died from substance use need a safe space to share freely without fear of judgment. ...

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Finding Sparks in the Darkness

Posted on December 19, 2018 by Ellen Frankel, LCSW

In both the external darkness of the season, and our internal darkness as we grieve, we can search for sparks of light to lead us to a place of hope and healing. ...

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10 Tips for Coping With Loss During the Holidays

Posted on November 20, 2018 by Sandra Yudilevich Espinoza, Ph.D., LICSW

If you have lost a loved one, recently or more distantly, you may approach the holiday season with anxiety and dread. What follows are suggestions for coping with the holidays as you wonder how you will get through them without your loved one. ...

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3 Ways to Support Grieving Teens Who Use Social Media

Posted on November 14, 2018 by Samantha Alanis

Posting to social media is one of the ways grieving teens may choose to remember their person. These platforms can be a great outlet for connecting, empowering, advocating and remembering if they have proper support and oversight. ...

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Living With Grief: Learning How to Survive After Loss

Posted on October 29, 2018 by Frank Comparato

Fairly soon after this new life became a reality, I realized that survival is all about taking steps in the right direction. Sometimes it’s one step forward and two steps backwards or sideways, but it’s all about just taking that next step forward. ...

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Writing About Grief to Cope with Life as an Adult Orphan

Posted on October 9, 2018 by Susan Mineo

It's impossible to prepare for losing one's parents, and I am forever changed after losing both of mine. I am an orphan at 59. When I look in a mirror, it is a stranger looking back. I am forever, in my very soul, changed! ...

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Why I Volunteer at Camp Stepping Stones for Grieving Children

Posted on June 13, 2018 by Claire Conway

As a special needs preschool teacher’s assistant at the Riverside School in Danvers, MA, I work each day with a myriad of children, all with different abilities and personalities. All of them make me smile. I am drawn to helping children learn and experience joy in their everyday lives, so volunteering with Camp Stepping Stones was a natural fit for me. ...

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The Heart of the Village: Supporting Each Other in Grief

Posted on June 12, 2018 by Ellen Frankel, LCSW

It takes a village to raise a child. This old African proverb is at the heart of Camp Stepping Stones, a one-day retreat offered by Care Dimensions for children and adults who are grieving the death of someone close to them. As families gather together, a village is created where memories, stories and hearts are shared, both literally and figuratively. ...

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Son, Mom Pay it Forward at Grief Camp

Posted on June 12, 2018 by Anne Williams

I was only nine years old when my Dad died suddenly. It was terrible. I loved my Dad very much and I miss him every day. My Mom suggested that we both go to Camp Stepping Stones but I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I got to Camp the first things I noticed were lots of kids and families, a basketball court, and arts and crafts tables. The volunteers were very nice and they helped us get into different groups, depending on our age. ...

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Old Enough to Grieve: Supporting Children After Loss

Posted on June 1, 2018 by Danielle Buzanga, CCLS, LCSW

Death is often considered a “taboo” topic in our society today. People don’t like to talk about it. Especially with children. Adults will often strive to protect children from anything upsetting or potentially painful. But the fact remains that most children will be impacted by loss at some point during their childhood ...

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