Articles tagged with: Grieving


Grief Support for Bereaved Youth and Families _ Josie's Place

The Forgotten Mourners

Grief Support for Bereaved Youth and Families _ Josie's Place

Every child grieves the loss of a loved one differently. Children have been referred to as the "forgotten mourners" because their grief process is often eclipsed by the adults around them.

"Randy, a sophomore in high school, was 14 when his dad died of colon cancer. This is how he describes the experience of grieving the death of his dad:

It's been six months since my dad died. I haven't told my friends how I feel. I just smile and make everybody laugh so they don't know how much it hurts. I don't talk to my mom because I don't want her to feel worse. Once I did, but she got all teary. I felt like crying too. No way am I going to cry. " – excerpted from Article on Grief by the Dougy Center

Josie's Place in San Francisco is modeled after the Dougy Center in Portland Oregon. They help children and youth work through feelings and questions regarding death, sickness and grief and offer training for volunteer facilitators. Twice a month, they hold free grief support groups for families coping with loss and sometimes offer school-based support.

Their Mission

Josie's Place is founded on the belief that all children deserve the opportunity to grieve in a supportive and understanding environment.

• We believe that grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one.
• We believe that individuals have the inner ability to heal himself/herself.
• We believe that the grieving process is unique for each individual, both in terms of intensity and duration.
• There is no "right" way to grieve.
• We believe that understanding, compassion, caring and acceptance aid families with their grief process.

Josie's Place Community Night

Join the Josie's Place community for an evening of food, talent and art. Make connections, find friends, offer support. Get involved by taking to the stage, sharing your art and bringing your favorite dish!

Saturday, March 1, 2013
First Unitarian Universalist Society of SF
1187 Franklin Street (at Geary Street), San Francisco

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Sonnet 89 by Pablo Neruda "When I die"

Words written to his wife in the event of his death.

When I die, I want your hands on my eyes:
I want the light and wheat of your beloved hands
to pass their freshness over me once more:
I want to feel the softness that changed my destiny.

I want you to live while I wait for you, asleep.
I want your ears still to hear the wind, I want you
to sniff the sea's aroma that we loved together,
to continue to walk on the sand we walk on.

I want what I love to continue to live,
and you whom I love and sang above everything else
to continue to flourish, full-flowered:

so that you can reach everything my love directs you to.
so that my shadow can travel along in your hair,
so that everything can learn the reason for my song.

(Original in Spanish)
Cuando yo muera quiero tus manos en mis ojos:
quiero la luz y el trigo de tus manos amadas
pasar una vez más sobre mí su frescura:
sentir la suavidad que cambió mi destino.

Quiero que vivas mientras yo, dormido, te espero,
quiero que tus oídos sigan oyendo el viento,
que huelas el aroma del mar que amamos juntos
y que sigas pisando la arena que pisamos.

Quiero que lo que amo siga vivo
y a ti te amé y canté sobre todas las cosas,
por eso sigue tú floreciendo, florida,

para que alcances todo lo que mi amor te ordena.
para que se pasee mi sombra por tu pelo,
para que así conozcan la razón de mi canto.

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Spiritual Coaching / Companionship

Spiritual Companionship

Spiritual Companionship offers safe, honest communication, where we are met with compassionate listening and questioning as we navigate life’s challenges, grief, anger and trauma. We are guided to “empty our cup” and seek an improved expression of Truth & Love.

Private sessions with a Spiritual Companion are a means to rediscover our virtues the spiritual qualities - we possess within: Love, Hope, Peace, Trust, Restorative Justice, Joy, Contentment and more.

About Graceful Mournings

We offer personalized services for memorials, celebration of life ceremonies and grief support during many of life’s transitions: loss of a loved one, health, pets, work, and relationships.

We are an independent nonsectarian association of Interfaith Ministers and Celebrants, providing support to people of all cultures and beliefs, by offering services promoting peace, hope, optimism and health.

For more information please review the website. You may contact a spiritual companion in your area to discuss schedules and fees for sessions.

About Lucinda

Lucinda is an ordained, Interfaith Minister, offering Spiritual Coaching & Companionship sessions based upon spiritual principles. She is a workshop facilitator, and founder of, Wedding Officiants and, an association of professional Interfaith/Interspiritual Celebrants.

Lucinda is not a therapist and does not provide counseling services.

Spiritual Coaching Sessions

Coaching sessions provide an opportunity to explore a variety of skills or techniques to promote emotional healing and rediscovery of one’s true purpose, sometimes called “authentic self”.

Some topics in our session might include:

  • How to “Honor Spirit”:We explore a variety of ways to promote daily reflection, stillness, meditation & reverence.
  • Positive Communication:We learn how to replace shaming and blaming with personal responsibility and respect. Developing a language of spiritual qualities that inspires and encourages self and others becomes a loving way to deepen our relationships.
  • Healthy Boundaries: With regard for restorative justice, and reparation we learn how to co-exist with others, peacefully. We replace the tendency to “argue, separate, alienate or divide” by creating well-defined boundaries to protect our time, health and energy, in a respectful way.
  • Forgiveness:We all make “learnings” (mistakes) and with spiritual companionship & coaching we recognize the opportunities for personal growth, forgiveness, and renewal of commitment for personal excellence. We develop greater self-confidence with humility – a willingness to learn, free of self-judgment.

Please contact Lucinda Martin to schedule a Complimentary one hour session.

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