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Why Lee’s Story Matters

Meet Lee Carswell. Born in Birmingham and educated in Liverpool, England, Lee is a successful senior manager at the consulting firm of West Monroe Partners in Seattle.  He is tall, lanky and has an easy laugh. This story has little to do with his consulting career.  Instead, he describes a loving family re-constructing their lives… Read more »

Your Gifts Helped the Isaac Family

Years of on and off cancer eventually ended with a terminal diagnosis. In 1997, at the age of 26, Joshua Isaac found a small bump on his hand; his and his family’s cancer journey began. Joshua married her childhood sweetheart, Kim, the same year he was diagnosed with this rare sarcoma. After treatment and with… Read more »

Mattie Learned to Process Grief with Safe Crossings Program

Mattie Bess is not new to grief. She has been embracing it since her father passed away in 2005 when she was just 13 years old. Her mom was concerned she might not be able to give Mattie the support she needed so they got involved with The Healing Center, a grief support community for… Read more »

Camp Erin: A Place for Kids to Just Be Kids

The simple experience of being with other kids who have lost a loved one can be a life changing experience for grieving children. They realize that they are not alone in their grief and through forming friendships and sharing their experiences with each other, they often learn to open up in completely new ways. Camp… Read more »

Depression and Complicated Grief are Two Separate Things

What we often hear about people we know who have lost a loved one, is that through their grief they have fallen into a deep onset of depression. But what specialists are saying now, is that Complicated Grief is its own disorder, separate from depression and therefore needs its own treatment. One of the primary… Read more »

Honorable People Help Honorable Organization

Bob McCleskey, CEO of Sellen Construction has raised $50,000 so far from the building industry in the Seattle area to honor one of their fallen. Here is the letter Bob sent to his colleagues: I need to ask you a favor. I very rarely reach out to my peers in the industry for anything, but this… Read more »

Grieving Students: What’s Your Role as a Teacher?

As a teacher you are a very important person in children’s lives, so when you encounter a grieving student you may wonder exactly what your role should be. While there is no fool-proof method for helping a child through this difficult time, there are some things you can do to make their time at school… Read more »

We Want to Improve Your Health!

A study by UnitedHealth Group and the Optum Institute finds that volunteering is linked to better physical, mental, and emotional health! The survey of more than 3,300 U.S. adults reveals that 76% of U.S. adults who volunteer say volunteering makes them feel physically healthier, and 78% report that volunteering lowers levels of stress, which results… Read more »

Childhood Grief is Complicated

Every person certainly grieves differently, as does every child. So often, it becomes all too easy as a parent or adult close to a child to unintentionally overlook the child’s struggles with life as well as death. Children are the greatest observers and the greatest absorbers. They notice many of the little things that adults often… Read more »

Giving Helps Us Heal

My name is Marci, and I am not only the Development Director at SCF, but a long-time volunteer at Camp Erin-King County. As I prepare for my 10th year as a big buddy at Camp Erin, I reflect on how much I have gained by giving back. My father died when I was 12 and… Read more »