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July 20, 2024

Being There for Someone in Grief 

with Marianna Cacciatore

Virtual, Free, 10-11:30AM AZ Time

In life, loss and grief are certain. Every day we encounter people who are struggling because something or someone significant in their life is gone. We want to help these people, and we wonder what to say or do that would be welcomed, kind, and useful. In a culture that has often taught us to bypass or ignore our grief, this skill does not come naturally. However, as we learn to tenderly face the sorrows and joys of our own life, compassion, humility and the art of generous listening begins to grow within us. With attention and practice, we become a trusted companion to someone in grief.

In this class Marianna Cacciatore will use poetry and teachings from her book, Being There for Someone in Grief, to help us acknowledge the many losses encountered in everyday life, and become more present when we find ourselves in the territory of grief.

Register Here

September 19, 2024

Effective and Enduring Suicide Bereavement Support

Virtual 6-7:30PM AZ Time

It is said that for every suicide, 135 people are affected, creating a continuum of people affected whether long-term or simply by being exposed to the knowledge of the traumatic event. Grief and mourning for those impacted by suicide have unique reactions due to the coexistence of trauma, the increased stigmatization and risk factors that can arise, and other such nuances. 

 We invite you to come learn about these variables as well as what helpful and lasting actions you can take to support those bereaved by suicide.

Presenters: Chandel Beck, Jennifer Titley-Rubio 

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Past Events

June 13, 2024

Using Creative Arts Expression as a Supportive Tool for Grief

Virtual 6-7:30PM AZ Time

Art engagement and the creative process can be beneficial for everyone, at any age. Creativity, in its many forms, is an important way that all human beings express themselves, integrate elements of their lives, and make meaning of their experiences. In this session, participants will be introduced to expressive arts and art therapy and their potential as a resource to support each person’s unique grieving process.

Dr. Carlock will provide a brief overview of art therapy and some situations when seeking out a professional art therapist would be indicated. She will also cover some general ways individuals can utilize creativity and personal art expression on their own, as a therapeutic tool. This type of creative expression is accessible to anyone because there’s no training in fine arts needed. The focus is on self-expression and how the process of engaging in a creative activity helps the body and mind rather than striving for aesthetic goals. Several ideas for personal engagement to support grieving will be shared.

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May 16, 2024

“Where Words Fail, Music Speaks”

Virtual 5-6PM AZ Time

Music touches every aspect of our life—mind, body, and spirit, and promotes overall wellness. In a therapeutic setting music may help to alleviate the physical, emotional, and mental stress that accompanies serious illness.

This session will be led by four musicians who have spent years playing for hospice patients and their loved ones. The presenters will share insights from their training and work as to how music can benefit the grief patients experience as they near end-of-life and the grief journey their loved ones face. The musicians will play or share music that they have found beneficial to patients and families dealing with grief. We will also have the opportunity to share our own experiences and reflections during a brief small group breakout session. Please join us for this engaging evening of the healing power of music in grief and loss.

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May 11, 2024

Supporting those Experiencing Infertility and Miscarriage

In-person 10-11AM

At Literacy Connects

200 E Yavapai Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705

Donation-based

  Join us for this workshop based in learning how to provide compassionate support to those experiencing infertility and miscarriage. 

April 13, 2024

What Can Horses Teach Us About Being There for Someone in Grief?

In-person, 9AM-Noon

Located at TROT   

  Join us for this in-person experiential workshop where the horses at TROT will help us explore what good grief support looks like through gentle, guided pasture encounters. 

This donation-based workshop has a suggested donation of $35
Space is limited to 20 participants
No riding involved, close-toed shoes required

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December 16, 2023

Awe, Grief, and Grounding 

10-11:30 AM MST.

A collaboration with Aging and the Arts – Creative Encounters in Awe Walking.

Sponsored by UA Innovations in Healthy Aging.

Join us at the Health Sciences Innovation Building to learn about awe as it interacts with grief. This workshop will be held in conjunction with The Learning Community for Loss, Grief and Transition. Together we will focus on how we can use awe to ground ourselves and create a project designed to engage our sense of touch.

In this workshop, we will talk about how awe walking can be used to help process grief. We will then take a walk around the health sciences campus and create a texture collage as a way to further ground ourselves in the present moment and introduce a potential tool.

The Health Sciences Innovations Building is located at 1670 E Drachman Street, Tucson, AZ 85721. We will be in room 531 and parking can be found in the adjacent lot.

This event is free, and all materials required for the workshop will be provided free of charge. The workshops are open to all artistic skill levels, and no preparation is necessary to participate.

November and December 2023

Grief at the Holidays: An Online Small Group Workshop Series 

Hosted by Jessica Swift

 We experience loss every day of our lives–some losses impact us more than others. If you are grieving a past or current loss, or you are anticipating a loss, this small group may be for you.

November 21 – Grief 101
November 28 – Grief in the Body and Rituals for Grieving
December 5 – The 3 Rs of Grieving
December 12 – Celebration of Joy

This group is intentionally capped at 10 participants to foster connection and to create a comfortable space for all. 

$100 covers all four sessions.

This group is live online using Zoom.

Register Here

November 16, 2023

A Conversation with Author Dina Gachman

Virtual, 6-7PM MST.

Join us as we talk with the So Sorry for Your Loss author about her experience writing about grief. We will touch on how she has learned to use humor in her healing process, as well as how interviewing others has helped her become less afraid of talking about grief.

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November 16, 2023

Warrior Caregiver

Virtual, 6-7PM MST

Did you know that over 40% of Americans currently care for the health of a loved one? However, many of us do not see ourselves as being a caregiver. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 53% of unpaid caregivers who are employed had to take time off work to care for their loved one. The stress on family caregivers can make it difficult to manage the rest of our lives.  
Karen Kochhar, owner of Right at Home, will bring her years of experience in the field to respond to our burning questions and challenges, discuss best practices that support us in the caregiving role, and help us better understand the types of services that are available to assist us throughout the caregiving journey.  

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October 28, 2023

Poetry and Loss Series, Part 3:

A Writing Workshop with Tucson Poet Charles Gillispie

In-person at Literacy Connects 200 E Yavapai Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705

9AM-Noon

In this 3-hour workshop, Charles will review current research relating to the benefits of writing. The majority of our morning will involve relaying our stories, practicing several writing techniques and methods, and processing our time together. This workshop is for writers and non-writers alike.

This donation-based event is the final of our fall Poetry and Loss series.

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October 19, 2023

Things We’re Longing to Know and Too Afraid to Ask:

Demystifying the Dying Process (Part 2)

 

Two-Part Series- Presented by Tani Bahti (RN, CT, CHPN) and Paige Hector (LMSW).

Virtual, 6:00-7:30PM PST

Center), Tucson, AZAs a person nears the end of their life, they may experience physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual changes. Like birth, our bodies have innate wisdom with the dying process. By normalizing and understanding what happens as we die, we can increase our capacity to face fears and devote our precious energy to making decisions that promote well-being and comfort. This uniquely bold session offers clarity around the dying process to relieve unnecessary burden and to support the individual and caregivers to be fully present on the end-of-life journey.

Hosted by Roots & Roads, Sponsored by PCOA

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October 14, 2023

The Out of Darkness Community Walk

Hosted by The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Location: Gene C. Reid Park Park (Georges DeMeester Performance Center), Tucson, AZ

Check-in Time: 9:00 am Walk Start Time: 10:00 am

A journey of remembrance, hope, and support. This walk unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

 

October 7, 2023

Grief 101 

An introductory course on understanding loss and grief

Virtual, 10-11:30AM PST

This interactive class is designed for people from all walks of life who occasionally find themselves in the company of someone in grief—an adult, child, client, patient, or friend—and want to provide comfort and care. In this class we will convey contemporary information about grief support, as well as teach skills and best practices you will easily remember when the need arises.

This class will enable you to effectively build upon your knowledge and skills when participating in future TLC classes that specialize in various types of losses.

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September 21, 2023

Restoring Our Humanity with End-of-Life Decision-Making (Part 1)

Two-Part Series- Presented by Tani Bahti (RN, CT, CHPN) and Paige Hector (LMSW).

Virtual, 6:00-7:30PM PST

End-of-life decision-making may have complex physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial impacts for the individual and the caregiver. Each person’s situation is unique given their values, needs, fears, and hopes for what they want at the end of their life. This session goes beyond advance directives and what is traditionally known as advance care planning. We’ll discuss some of the communication barriers and focus on specific strategies that we can use to embrace authentic person-centered care firmly grounded in the informed choice that reflects the individual’s goals and wishes.

Hosted by Roots & Roads, Sponsored by Casa de la Luz Hospice

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September 15, 2023

Poetry and Loss Part 2: 

Being There for Someone in Grief with Marianna Cacciatore

Virtual, 11AM-12PM PST

In life, loss and grief are certain. Every day we encounter people who are struggling because something or someone significant in their life is gone. We want to help these people, and we wonder what to say or do that would be welcomed, kind, and useful. In a culture that has often taught us to bypass or ignore our grief, this skill does not come naturally. However, as we learn to tenderly face the sorrows and joys of our own life, compassion, humility and the art of generous listening begins to grow within us. With attention and practice, we become a trusted companion to someone in grief.

In this 2-hour class Marianna Cacciatore will use poetry and teachings from her book, Being There for Someone in Grief, to help us acknowledge the many losses encountered in everyday life, and become more present when we find ourselves in the territory of grief.

This free, virtual event is the second in out three-part Poetry and Loss series this fall.

Register Here

August 26, 2023

Poetry and Loss Series, Part 1:

Poet Laing F. Rikkers on Grief, Writing, and the Natural World

Virtual, 10-11AM PST.

 After the sudden loss of her sister, Laing F. Rikkers sought solace from nature and creativity. She wrote and published her first collection of poetry Morning Leaves, with the intention of helping others navigate grief. Her goal now is to share her path to help others learn new ways to care for themselves, heal from their losses, and create meaningful connections with the natural world.

This free, virtual event is the first of our fall Poetry and Loss series.

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July 18, 2023

The Normally Aging Brain

Brought to you by The Center for Neurosciences Foundation

As we age, so does our brain. Come spend an hour at this free community presentation learning about the changes happening in the normally aging brain and what you can do to maintain your brain health. From 1-2PM.

Located at Dusenberry-River Library, 5605 E River Rd UNIT 105, Tucson, AZ 85750 

No registration required.

June 23-25, 2023

AGING: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

A weekend workshop for women 65 and over

Located at Redemptorist Renewal Center

7101 W Picture Rocks Road, Tucson, AZ 85743

COST: $795 (Room and Board Included)

Please contact Anne at annetaylorlincoln@gmail.com (520-591-9177) 

or Char at charlenetosi@gmail.com (810-423-1533) if you have questions or want to register.

May 20, 2023

Each Brain Matters Community Educational Symposium

Sponsored by The Center for Neurosciences Foundation

Learn about a variety of neurological conditions. The 3-hour morning session from 9AM to noon will highlight a few of the neurological problems managed by practitioners at Center for Neurosciences. This program is aimed at a general audience and open to all community members, including patients, their families, and healthcare professionals. Enjoy a light breakfast and leave with a take-out lunch.

Located at the Center for Neurosciences – 2450 E River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718

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May 18, 2023

The Spirituality of Grief with Rev. Dr. Fran Shelton

Hosted by Compassion & Choices

A conversation with the author. The book honors the complex nature of grief and offers simple comfort: We are not alone, and there is no one right way to grieve.

Virtual via Zoom – 3PM Eastern Time

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