Grief + Loss

“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

Dempsey Center Resources

The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult human experiences, and grief often involves intensely painful feelings. The Dempsey Center offers the following services to help people who have lost a loved one to cancer:

  • Grief Counseling: Short-term grief counseling sessions are available with oncology counselors
  • Grief After Cancer Loss: An eight-week educational support series for adults who have lost a loved one to cancer, held 3-4 times a year
  • Evening of Remembrance: An annual event to celebrate the lives of people who died from cancer
  • Grief Programs: Occasional workshops focusing on grief and bereavement.

Please contact us for more information.

Space to Breathe

Space to Breathe is a five-day adventure-based program designed for teenage caregivers ages 12-18 who have a parent or a sibling living with cancer or who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer. This program involves a three-day wilderness expedition and a variety of challenge-by-choice experiences including a day of high-ropes. Space to Breathe provides 24 spaces for new and returning campers and typically operates in late July or early August.

Wilderness expeditions vary each year and operate out of Camp Kieve in Nobleboro, Maine. Each program is coordinated and run by the Youth and Family Services Coordinator with safety in mind. Expeditions are led by a co-ed team of adults including at least one licensed mental health counselor and an experienced and credentialed trip leader.

Legacy + Life Reflections

Legacy and Life Reflections is available to patients living with advanced or metastatic cancer.

Legacy and Life Reflections includes:

  • Professionally-guided and recorded interviews, exploring life history, cherished memories, deepest values, and lessons learned that you wish to share.
  • A digital version of the interview, which may also incorporate favorite photographs and songs.
  • A blank journal and suggestions for further reflection.

To learn more, email Patti Sands, LCSW at [email protected].

Other Resources

Websites

How to Cope with Bereavement During the COVID-19 Pandemic, a good read with some concrete suggestions from Psychology Today

The Need for Self Compassion in Grief, a great article from the website What’s Your Grief

We Don’t Recover from Grief and That’s Okay, another great post from What’s Your Grief

Being There: What to Say and Do in the Aftermath of Loss, an article about supporting someone else in grief from Option B

Podcasts + Webinars

How to Handle our Collective Grief, a Ten Percent Happier podcast episode with Sharon Salzberg that includes a guided meditation

Why We’re All Grieving – And How to Deal with It, a Ten Percent Happier podcast episode with David Kessler

David Kessler and Brené Brown on Grief and Finding Meaning, grief expert David Kessler on what he’s learned about love, loss, and finding meaning.

Videos

How to Heal By Carrying Your Grief, a TEDx talk by Nancy Berns, author, speaker, and professor of sociology

Modern Grief, a TEDx talk with Sophie Townsend, an internationally celebrated and award-winning producer

Helping Kids Grieve, resources from Sesame Street