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I Want You to Know Who I Am
So many people pass through our lives throughout our lifetime. Some barely register on our radar, others leave deep imprints upon our lives and hearts. Only some make us feel like we are truly known, and allow us to know them as well. But how much do we really need to know about someone to feel as though we know them?
This month Pat shares with us her take on what it means to be known, and discusses how a person can be known to us even without sharing many details about their past and experiences.
In John's article, he will share his take on the well known quote about "a time to weep..." John invites us to share his view that the times for joy and sorrow are meant to be experienced in our own time and freely, without fear of judgement.
We hope that these articles will resonate with you as we enter this new year.
Coming in as our most popular newsletter to date, we wanted to give you another chance to catch it in case you missed it the first time around. Click here to view the full newsletter here.
October 5th, 2013
Congratulations are in order...
Our very own Pat Schwiebert was honored on Thursday, October 3rd by The Association for Death Education and Counseling® (ADEC) receiving an ADEC Service Award. The criteria for being selected as the award winner included:
Excellence in service to ADEC as demonstrated by: consistent committee participation and other high-quality efforts to benefit the growth and development of the association.
Contributions to the activities of the association as demonstrated by: innovating association programs, conducting workshops, assisting with conferences, serving the association.
Pat has been an active member of ADEC for the past 20 years. We are proud of her accomplishments, and inspired by her continuing involvement in so many groups.
Congratulations from all your staff and coworkers!
January 8th, 2013
Changes at Grief Watch
As of the first of the year, Grief Watch has moved out from under its parent company (Metanoia Peace Community) and is now its own entity, Grief Watch Inc. Our office manager and co-author of Tear Soup, Chuck DeKlyen, has been promoted to Executive Director. Pat Schwiebert, founder of Grief Watch and author and creator of many of our most popular items, has happily moved into the role of Creative Director and President of the Board of Directors. We are looking forward to seeing what is in store for this new year.
For most of you, the changes will not be noticeable, however a mailing will be sent out to hospitals, etc. in the upcoming weeks with our new Tax ID number. If you are in need of it sooner please send us an email and we will get it sent to you, firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 28th, 2012
Following the tragedy that took place a couple weeks ago, an outpouring of Tear Soup was sent to the Newtown Community. We started to receive phone calls and emails from people all across the U.S. wanted to share Tear Soup with those in Newtown. As of today we have taken orders from Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Texas, Florida, New York, Maine, and more. In total we have shipped more than 500 copies of Tear Soup so far, with a plan to send more than 200 in the next week.
The majority of calls have been from people who received Tear Soup from a friend or family member following the death of a loved one, and the age of donors has ranged from Kindergarten classes, to great-grandparents, to a 12 year-old girl who wanted to fundraise to send 100 books and exceeded her goal.
We have also been mentioned in a few news articles and news interviews. We thought we would share a couple of them with you:
Grief Watch, Tear Soup and Sandy Hook - from the Huffington Post
Candles and tears: Portrait of a grieving town - from CNN
Gift Bags to Help Healing in Newtown - from Good Day Maine
Santee girl to send books that help kids cope with grief to Newtown, Conn. - KGTV channel 10 News, San Diego
Our director also shared her thoughts in an article for our website:
They Will Be Changed - But Will We? - by Pat Schwiebert
Holidays are difficult times for those who are missing someone. The following dates are for those who would like to set time apart from the holiday busyness and remember their loved ones with others who are also grieving. Being with others who understand is a good thing. The holidays can be hard, but you don’t have to do it alone. All services are at the 18th Ave. Peace House, located at 2116 NE 18th Ave, Portland Or 97212. All gatherings are at 7pm and are open to the public.
Monday December 3, 2012 - Parents of Murdered Children. Informal gathering at 7:00pm. Meeting from 7:30-8:30 p,m. Memorial program begins at 8:30 followed with light refreshments and social time. Call (503) 656-6039 for more information. http://www.pomc.com/portland/index.htm
Monday, December 10, 2012 - Brief Encounters (offering support to parents of pregnancy and infant loss) Formal program begins at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments and social time follow. Call (503) 699-8006 for m ore information www.briefencounters.org
Thursday, December 13, 2012- Suicide Bereavement Support. Formal gathering begins at 7:00 pm followed with refreshments. Call (503) 200-0382. www.sbsnw.org
September 9th-12th, 2012
Our director, Pat Schwiebert, and her husband, John, are currently attending the 17th International Conference on Violence, Abuse & Trauma in San Diego. If you happen to be attending as well, be sure to stop by their booth to say a quick "hello" or to peruse some of our more popular items.
August 8th, 2012
We hope you all are enjoying your summer. We just wanted to alert you that the Grief Watch office will be closed on Friday, August 17th. With only two of us manning the office we try to schedule to be gone on different days, but on rare occasions our trips overlap... May all your travels, this month and always, be safe and enjoyable.
January 27th, 2012
Benefit Concert for Grief Watch & The Dougy Center
February 18, 2012, The Old Church
In February 2011, Portland songwriter and performer Lincoln Crockett and his wife Alicia lost their baby, Joseph Phoenix, shortly after childbirth. As they and their four year old son grieved they were buoyed by friends and family who introduced the family to two priceless resources: Grief Watch, a resource for dealing with loss, and The Dougy Center, supporting grieving children and families. These organizations not only give support to grieving families and children right here in Portland, OR, but from all over the country. Both groups provide invaluable information, knowledge and experience on how to grieve, how to heal, how to live again after the kinds of losses and tragedies people fear most.
The purpose of this benefit concert is:
1) to raise awareness of these fantastic, national-caliber resources right here in Portland, and
2) to support their important work. As the Crockett’s shared their loss they realized that people around them are grieving, often alone, for lost babies, children, siblings, friends, parents and lives; almost NONE of them know about the help that is available from Grief Watch and the Dougy Center.
December 22nd, 2011
Hello. We just wanted to take a quick moment to let you all know what our office schedule looks like for the next couple of weeks. Happy Holidays!
December 22nd - Office closes early, about noon
December 23rd and 26th - Office closed
December 27th through 29th - Normal office hours
December 30th - Office closes early, about noon
January 2nd - Office closed
January 3rd - Back to normal office hours
November 9th, 2011
The holidays are approaching quickly, and with them come the inevitable thoughts of loved ones who are no longer with us. While the memories can leave us longing for one more day with those who have died, they also give us the opportunity to look back on the good times and to cherish the time that we did have with our departed loved ones. We hope that you all take time to treasure the past and to savor the present this holiday season.
We are planning to reestablish our free monthly e-newsletter within the next few weeks. The first issue will focus on grief during the holidays. Those who have shown interest in the past have been automatically added to the list of upcoming recipients. If you wish to receive our newsletter and have not already registered, feel free to join by entering your email in the ‘Sign Up for Our Newsletter’ box near the bottom of this page and hit ‘Subscribe.’
September 20th, 2011
The long awaited launch of our new website took place today! We know that there will be little glitches and typos that need to be fixed, as with any new website, but we hope that they are minor. We'd love to hear your feedback. Please explore our site and send your thoughts to email@example.com.
We'd like to send special thanks to Media Drink for all of their tireless work to make our dreams for a more interactive and user-friendly website become a reality.
September 6th, 2011
School is back in session. August was busy with all of us trying to cram in last minute summer vacations with our kids before it was back to the normal school year grind. While we will miss the extra trips and time with our families, it is always nice to have the office a little quiter and calmer without the addition of all of our kids taking turns to visit.