Calm Waters March 2020 Newsletter
Calm Waters News and Updates
How the Pandemic is Affecting Calm Waters
Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by COVID-19, and our focus is, as always, on the health and safety of our participants and clients, our employees, volunteers, and our community.

In response to the Governor and the Oklahoma City Mayor's request for all non-essential organizations to shelter-in-place, we have enacted the following changes to operations and programs:

WORKING FROM HOME
• The Calm Waters office is closed to the public March 26 - April 16. The staff will shelter in place at their homes and are available by email, office and cell phones from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-Th. For general questions, please email Info@calmwaters.org

VIRTUAL COUNSELING
• We now offer Telehealth Counseling and Consultation appointments! Please email our program director at Heather@calmwaters.org to learn more and to schedule your appointment.

• Friday, April 3, 10 – 11 a.m., our in-house therapists will host a FREE online workshop , “Grief and Loss During COVID-19.” To register and receive the Zoom call in details, visit   calmwaters.org/grief-workshop .

BEGINNING APRIL 6:
We launch NEW private Grief and Divorce Facebook groups for our families to receive resources, activities and community support during their grief journey. These groups will be administered by our in-house program staff and are for current registered support group participants.

• Adult and Teem grief and divorce support groups will meet virtually via Zoom conference calls with breakout rooms for small group discussions. Grief Support groups will meet every other Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Divorce support groups will meet every other Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, email Jordan@calmwaters.org

Calm Waters research-based grief curriculum will continue to be utilized on Facebook and in Zoom calls, providing teens and adults the community support they need to process their loss, including the grief they may be experiencing due to the COVID-19 crisis.
PARENTING THROUGH DIVORCE SEMINARS
• All March and April Parenting Through Divorce seminars are canceled and all registered attendees have been invited to select a new seminar date schedule in May. Each May seminar has 24 seats instead of the usual 36 seats, to allow for physical distancing during the in-person class setting. For more information, email Heather@calmwaters.org

We continue to monitor and respond to our community needs and look forward to virtually connecting with the children and families we serve during this time of physical distancing.

Thank you for your continued support!

– The Calm Waters staff:  Erin Emily , Heather, Jordan and Stacey
Now Offering Telehealth
Calm Waters has FOUR in-house clinicians who are now trained in Telehealth and are ready to meet your family's online counseling and consultation needs.

All you need is a phone or computer with a camera.

Please email our program director at Heather@calmwaters.org to learn more and to schedule your appointment today.
Who Do You Miss?
All of us at Calm Waters are feeling grief about separation from our loved ones, many of whom are immune-compromised. Many of you reading this email are also separated from your loved ones due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Make a gift in honor of someone you miss - and Calm Waters will send them an email or a sterilized letter letting them know you're thinking about them!


  • Please allow a 72 hour turnaround for mailed letters.
  • Gift amounts remain confidential.
  • Donations can be made online or mailed to Calm Waters, 4334 NW Expressway, #101, OKC, OK 73116.
Calm Waters Events
Grief and Loss During Covid-19, Online Workshop
Friday, April 3, 10 - 11 a.m.
Calm Waters will host a free, online workshop, “ Grief and Loss During COVID-19 ” on Friday, April 3, 10 to 11 a.m. to address how the whole family can grieve and build resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This workshop is open to anyone, you don't have to be a current support group attendee.
 
“Right now, grieving families face greater risks of social isolation, and we do not want their grief to be minimized or forgotten during this global health crisis,” said Heather Warfield, LMFT, Calm Waters’ Program Director.

“It is so important to remain emotionally connected during physical distancing, yet the toll of sheltering in place, fears about spreading or getting the virus, and job and education disruption, just compounds each person’s grief journey.”

The April 3 workshop, led by Warfield and Jordan Park, LMFT-Candidate and Calm Waters’ Assistant Program Director, will discuss the grief journey during the COVID-19 pandemic and how individuals can be proactive with new coping skills inspired by the work of psychologist J. William Worden.

Worden’s Four Tasks of Mourning provides a framework to help the healing of a grief journey as the four tasks are addressed in no specific order, at times going back and forth from one task to another.

Register by April 2 at www.calmwaters.org/grief-workshop

Grief and Divorce Support News
Top 10 Self-Care Tips for the Whole Family
Coping with uncertainty and social distancing can be a challenge for the entire family. The Calm Waters therapy team has 10 self-care tips for your family during the Covid-19 crisis.
1. Set a structure and routine for yourself and your family.
2. Acknowledge and allow space for your feelings, verbally express your needs to others, and teach your children how to do the same.
3. Accept this as temporary and validate the difficulty of the unknown.
4. Educate yourself. Research the facts.
5. Focus on positive COVID-19 breakthroughs.
6. Introduce yourself and your family to a new activity or hobby.
7. Organize your life to be proactive instead of reactive.
8. Take positive action to change your environment.
9. Engage in health-building activities such as exercise, yoga, or meditation.
10. Find something positive about what is different.
Planning Your Legacy| Calm Waters
We would be deeply honored if you would remember Calm Waters in your will. For more information, please email Erin Engelke, Calm Waters Executive Director.
Calm Waters Center for Children and Families | 405-841-4800 | Calmwaters.org