Join us for Portraits of Courage
Save the date and join us for our annual Fall Event, Portraits of Courage. Learn more about The Dougy Center’s work with grieving children and families and the impact of grief on communities of color. Plus enjoy a virtual art exhibit with original photos by Dougy Center participants and volunteers around the theme “Through the Lens of Grief.”
This online fundraising event is Friday, October 16. The pre-cast begins at 4 p.m. and the program begins at 4:30 p.m.
For more information and to RSVP, click here. If you would like to support The Dougy Center as an event sponsor, please contact Rebecca Sturges at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our Portraits of Courage sponsors!
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Tips for young adults who are grieving
This fall, thousands of college students are going back to school (or leaving home for the first time). For many of these young adults, grief can add an additional level of anxiety and uncertainty. Here are some helpful ideas to keep in mind taken from our tip sheet, Don’t be Surprised When…Tips for Young Adults Grieving a Death.
Try to take good care of your physical body. Eat when and what you can, stay hydrated, rest when you’re able, and move your body in ways that feel supportive.
It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed. Ask for help when you need it. Let people know you might not get back to them, and do what you can, when you can.
There’s no timeline for grief. Grief will change over time and you’ll begin to integrate the loss into your life, but you don’t have to “get over it.”
Grief shows up when it wants. Trust that there’s nothing wrong with you, even if you find yourself crying suddenly.
Focus on self-care. And we don’t just mean hot baths, although those are great too. What you did for self-care in the past may or may not work as well when you’re grieving. Be open to new ways of sustaining and nourishing your body, mind, and being.
To learn more from other young adults who are grieving, tune in to these Grief Out Loud podcasts:
Episode 157: Let’s Talk About Loss with Beth French
Episode 158: Growing (Up) With Grief - One Teen’s Story
Episode 155: Gratitude, Guilt, & Grief with Ty AlexanderTop
Weird Things People Say: An activity for kids and adults
When you’re grieving, even the most well-meaning people may say something that’s not helpful or even hurtful. This activity sheet can help you work through those comments, and help acknowledge comments that you’ve found helpful too. Click here to download the full-sized pdf.