“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen.
Perhaps the most important thing we can ever give each other is our attention.
A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.”
~Rachel Naomi Remen
WinterSpring’s response to COVID-19: First and foremost, WinterSpring is not closed. We are here for you – we have simply moved online. We continue to provide grief companioning and support, while following all mandates and recommended efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing. WinterSpring Staff are operating remotely and all phone calls and emails are monitored daily. One to one peer support is available upon request and we are in the process of shifting to an online video model so that we may resume our group meetings.
WinterSpring is all about togetherness, we are all about sharing stories and sharing space. This doesn’t change – only for now, the space does. We’ve shifted from physical space to virtual space and we’re doing everything possible to make sure it is a space that still feels safe and comforting to you. A space that still feels like WinterSpring.
Announcements & Resources:
- Our Covid-19 Announcement 3-13-20
- WinterSpring is Here For You: Our Email Newsletter 3-28-20
- We are posting regular updates on the WinterSpring Facebook Page
- Grief and Covid-19: Saying goodbye in the age of social distancing (American Psychological Association)
- Supporting Children and Teens When a Family Member is Dying in a Hospital or Care Facility (The Dougy Center)
- When Your World is Already Upside Down (The Dougy Center)
- Responding to Change and Loss (National Alliance for Grieving Children)
- Respondiendo Al Cambio Y Pérdida (National Alliance for Grieving Children):
- Covid-19 Resources for Grieving Children: Covid-19 Resources and Updates (Good Grief)
- How Teenagers Can Protect Their Mental Health During Coronavirus/Covid-19 (UNICEF)
- How to Cope with Bereavement During the Covid-19 Pandemic (Psychology Today)
- Understanding Grief in the Age of the Covid-19 Pandemic (VeryWellMind)
Create a chain of support (a support chain activity provided by The Dougy Center):
Even with physical distancing, we still have people we can count on during difficult times. To remind us of this support system, here’s an activity for you—and for the kids in your life.
Each link in our chain of support helps make the whole chain stronger. What kind of support do you need and who can help you? If you have a printer, you can download this sheet and use it to make your own chain. Or you can use strips of paper you have on hand and glue them together to make a chain. On each link, write a person, animal, or activity that gives you support and helps you feel better when you’re sad or life feels challenging.