The COPE Foundation

COPE Healing Tip of the Month

From COPE Clinical Director Amy Olshever, LCSW

Grief Emergency Toolkit

The grief journey is travelled along a road filled with surprises: both good and bad, helpful and not so helpful. Are you prepared to deal with the unexpected? Just as you would on any other journey you are about to undertake, you need to pack an emergency toolkit. What should you have in your toolkit? Because everyone’s grief is unique, their toolkits will also be just their own. But here are some guidelines for what to pack:  A safe place—this could be an actual place where you find comfort, like curled up on your couch wrapped in an article of your lost loved one’s clothing or it could be the friend you can run to, who will listen without judging.  Snacks—well maybe not really food, but what nourishes you. For some this is a meaningful book or a piece of music. For some, this might be some comfort food. Maybe eat something that was a favorite of your loved one.  Water—It’s the summer so definitely stay hydrated. But for your toolkit, what is it that brings you back from feeling parched? For some it is helping someone else to help add meaning to your moment. For others it is activity, exercise or a project.

Think about what helps you when you hit a bump in the road. Make your own personal list of what should go in your toolkit. And then remember to use it.

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A grief and healing organization
dedicated to helping parents and families
living with the loss of a child.

 

COPE (Connecting Our Paths Eternally) is a non-profit grief and healing organization dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child.

Since 1999, COPE has connected individuals who have experienced similar losses by providing ongoing emotional, therapeutic and spiritual programs. These include monthly parent and sibling bereavement support group meetings, weekly art and movement therapy workshops, and a variety of special programs for our members mourning a child's passing, as well as the community.

In addition to assisting local families on Long Island, our COPEline (grief hotline) and COPE website have enabled us to also provide grieving individuals outside of Long Island with immediate support and resources and referrals. By providing help and support, COPE enables individuals grieving the death of a child to find strength from within to face the difficult journey that lies ahead.

Dedicated to the spirits of our children who have passed, COPE helps us to Connect Our Paths Eternally, sustaining and building upon the bonds of love and energy that connect us with our children.

- Lillian Julien, President and Founder, in memory of Michelle Julien

- Richard & Judy Berg, Co-Founders, in memory of David Berg

- Patti Greenberg, Co-Founder, in memory of Sharon Gallucci


The end of 2014 marks 15 years since COPE has been a non-profit foundation. Twenty-one years ago, my 20-year-old daughter, Michelle, lost her life in an auto accident.  Shortly after her passing, she came to me in a dream and said, "I'm okay, Mommy. You're the ones who aren't okay and you need to reach out and help each other."   Her message inspired what has become COPE, an acronym for Connecting Our Paths Eternally. “Since the inception of COPE, Michelle’s message has been my ongoing inspiration. Her energy is the driving force within me, and she continues to co-create the path of COPE.

I hope that COPE can be a source of comfort and help you to one day find your way back to life.

Wishing you comfort and peace ,,.
Lillian Julien, COPE President and Founder


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