Camp Courage Helps Kids on Their Grief Journey

Healing from grief is a journey, but it can be made an easier one. This week, a group of children participated in Camp Courage, a grief camp aimed at helping kids process grief. The campers played games, each created a memorial lantern, and learned about ways to cope with their emotions and stress. Kibbi, the Morris-Baker therapy dog, also spent the day with the kids. Interacting with therapy dogs can…Keep Reading

More Grief Support Resources Now Available at Johnson City Senior Center

The death of a loved one—spouse, parent, child, grandparent, other family member, or friend—can be difficult. Morris-Baker’s “Finding Hope” booklet series is aimed at supporting anyone who has experienced a loss. This series, authored by Dr. Troyer, is now available, for free, at the Senior Center to any community member. These booklets can provide comfort, hope, and information about common grief reactions and responses, strategies for helping yourself, as well as…Keep Reading

Because Sometimes We All Need a Piece of Cheese

(Reposted from the Johnson City Press, Community Voices, May 7, 2017 by Shuly Cawood) The problem was the cheese. Recently, I enrolled in an advanced therapy dog class with my little brown dog, Kibbi. The class goes beyond just the typical obedience commands — sit, stay, come. It prepares dogs and their dog handlers to go into public and community facilities — schools, nursing homes, hospitals — and to be…Keep Reading

Sharing Community Resources during the 29th Annual Conference on Aging

Preston McKee shared information on community resources related to grief during the First Tennessee Area on Aging and Disability’s Annual Conference on May 2, 2017. The session, Living with Loss: a Basic Guide for Graceful Giving, was led by Christine Adler, PhD, Psychologist for the Oncology and Hospice and Palliative Care of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Participants explored the range of ‘normal’ grief expression, learned the differences between grief and…Keep Reading

Stress Management and Resiliency Training a Success

Last week, Scott Koon presented Mayo Clinic’s Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART), and we are so grateful for the wonderful group in attendance. It was a pleasure to host the event, and several of you have told us how you have used the material already. For example, one person said he had used one of the techniques to help him relax after seeing a particularly difficult news item on television….Keep Reading