The COPE Foundation

COPE Healing Tip of the Month

From COPE Clinical Director Amy Olshever, LCSW

The transitions of the earth’s seasons are filled with dynamic energies – the subtle shiftings, the visible changes, the feeling of anticipation, the curiosity about what will come to be. September 22 marks our transition into Fall. Similarly, we experience transitions in our lives. When adversity befalls us, we are thrown into an unplanned transition. The good news is that the force of life that spurs us on is resilient beyond imagination! With the support of others and a nurturing and caring approach toward ourselves we can keep our resilience strong as we move along a healing path to a renewed life. We like to have a certain level of structure and predictability in our daily lives, and we come to depend on that because it allows us to create order and routines and to function well within them. There is no prescribed time schedule for transition. Ultimately you do it in your own way and in your own time. If you feel stuck at a certain point and this is adding more distress to your life, then it is wise to get help with that. As you learn to live with your pain, your movement forward becomes stronger and stronger. You may have stalls and setbacks along the way but the option to start up again and carry on never expires. Have patience with your process… and yourself!


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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 2012 marks 13 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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COPE 2014 COPE Walk 12

Sunday, September 14, 2014
Long Beach Boardwalk
Long Beach, NY

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Grief Quest, A Book by COPE Founder, Lillian Julien
griefquestcoverA portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go toward funding COPE.