Weekend Edition: July 21, 2013

General / General : Litsa Williams


You know the drill.  Sunday.  Weekend Edition.  Stuff we saw, loved, and hope you love too.

A Friendship Seat Memorial for Zoe

friendship seat

Via a comment on our blog I discovered the Angel Zoe Kindness Project, an incredible project in memory of a little girl name Zoe, that
was started this year on Zoe’s 7th birthday.  The project itself is inspiring, so you should check out what they did.  But what also jumped out was a “friendship seat”  dedicated in memory of Zoe at Point Chevalier school.  I had never heard of a friendship seat before, but apparently they are a growing thing at schools.  It is a bench where a child can sit if they are feeling lonely and another student or a counselor will come sit with them.  Such a neat concept and what an appropriate memorial for a little girl who has left a tremendous legacy of kindness in the world.  Check out the pics!

My Gift of Grace

Sooo, I couldn’t not share this when I stumbled on it.  It is a totally creative, out-side-the-box thing to do to improve conversations about life and death.   I absolutely love that we have come far enough in our conversations about end of life that this is a project getting some real backing on kickstarter.  I will be honest, a game about death and dying seems to me like a tough sell, but I couldn’t love more that there are people giving it a shot!

My Gift of Grace – A game that helps people talk about death from The Action Mill on Vimeo.

Documenting Grief as a Photojournalist: Why We Do What We Do

As we are very interested in photography and its connection to grief and healing, this was a unique article from the perspective of a photojournalist.  There can be much criticism of media exploiting tragic event, so this was an especially interesting glimpse into the experience of a photojournalist documenting the grief.

What I’ll Tell My Daughters About Cory Monteith’s Death

We figure there are probably more than a few mom’s out there this week who have been talking to their kids about Cory Monteith’s death.  If so you may be able to relate to this interesting post from the perspective of one mom preparing to tell her daughter’s, who were at sleep-away camp when Monteith died.  Check out her post.  If you are looking for some advice on talking to kids about Monteith’s death, you can also check out this post on how to talk to kids about Monteith’s death.

How Writing Heals Wounds- Of Both the Mind and Bodytime magazine writing

Interesting article from Time’s health blog on the research behind writing to deal with difficult and traumatic events.  We are great proponents of writing for coping with grief, and though the research shows this can be very helpful for most people who are seeking ways to express their emotions, we were interested to learn that pushing people to write about traumas who are not inclined to share emotions can actually be counter productive.  Not to mention who would have thought that writing could have an impact on healing wounds (like, physical wounds!!) or reduce viral load in HIV patient!  Check out the article for a great discussion on the benefits of writing. 

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3 Comments on "Weekend Edition: July 21, 2013"

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  1. Jethro Heiko  July 31, 2013 at 11:28 pm Reply

    Thanks for the mention. We are more than giving the game, My Gift of Grace, a shot. We are deadly serious. We are closing in on our goal and this is not a risky proposition. Please back our project and ask your readers, family and friends to do the same. The tide is turning, I mean come on look, Hallmark understands a lot about trends in culture and they see that how we understand death and dying is changing, https://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21580157-hallmark-cards-show-new-candour-about-terminal-sickness-american-way-death.

    Our game is a part of that and also helps continue to expand the conversations and the opportunities.

    Thanks again and please do back our project, bit.ly/mygiftofgrace

    Jethro Heiko, the Action Mill

  2. Kiri (The Angel Zoe Kindness Project)  July 24, 2013 at 4:32 am Reply

    Gosh, got a surprise to wake up on Monday and see this in my inbox. Thanks for including the Angel Zoe Kindness Project and the friendship chair. I think the chair was a great way for the kids at Zoe’s school to remember her and think about their feelings about friendship and loss.
    I have read and pinned so many resources from your site and find it really helpful.
    Keep up the great work.

    • Litsa  July 25, 2013 at 9:06 am Reply

      Of course — thanks to you for starting such an inspiring project in memory of Zoe, and for introducing us to the friendship seat concept. We love both!! Also, thanks for pinning our posts and glad you have found them helpful!

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