Grief Support

Virtual Circle of Lights

April 21, 2020

The Circle of Lights takes place each year on the Country Club Plaza on the Tuesday before Memorial Day. This much-beloved Kansas City Hospice tradition includes lighting more than a thousand luminaries surrounding the J.C. Nichols Fountain. Usually each April we send information on requesting a luminary to be placed in honor of loved ones.

The time for our annual Circle of Lights is approaching. However, the necessary social distancing required to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus requires that we adapt our tradition.

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Treating Complicated Grief with EMDR

March 16, 2020

by Jacque Amweg, LSCSW, LCSW, CT, Clinical Social Worker & EMDR Therapist at Kansas City Hospice The death of a loved one is one of the most distressing experiences you…

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What Do I Say Now?

March 12, 2020

What Do I Say Now? Tips on How to Respond When Someone You Love is Grieving by Beth Houghton, LCSW, Grief Support Specialist at Kansas City Hospice
It can be hard to support a grieving person when you are at a loss for words or feel there is nothing that can be said or done that could possibly bring comfort. Or perhaps you are grieving someone you loved dearly and are on the receiving end of insensitive comments, or worse yet, no acknowledgment of your loss at all.

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Maybe It’s Okay to Be Weak

March 9, 2020

“Maybe it’s okay to be weak” by Guest blogger Alisha Bozarth brings us her perspective on why it’s okay to not be okay all the time. “Being strong in the biggest battle of my life is like asking a marathon runner to curl 20 pound weights while he runs. It’s too much.

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Reflections of a hospice chaplain

March 4, 2020

Reflections of a hospice chaplain: Winning the fight of being dormant.

Today, I am void of the volume of peace that I would like to have. I know many of us have experienced losses and various sorts of emotional, relational, spiritual, physical and other hurdles that may  rob us of peace and connectedness.

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Preparing Young People for a Memorial Service

October 16, 2019

by Lisa Templeton-Farmer, Director of Grief Services, Kansas City Hospice Deciding whether young people will attend a memorial service or funeral depends on age, the family and the young person’s…

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Raw grief feels like drowning

October 4, 2019

by Alisha Bozarth Adapted with permission from Raw grief feels like drowning. I’ve never drowned, but I can imagine the panic. The inundation. The fight as your body merely…

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Head for the Cure supports Solace House

August 9, 2019

by Lisa Templeton-Farmer, Director of Grief Programs at Kansas City Hospice and Solace House. Head for the Cure events are community-powered fundraisers bringing the fight against brain cancer. Join us…

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