Hope, First Hand Blog

Dear Grieving Parents

Dear grieving parents, I have always admired you. Grieving while parenting means your days are filled with waves of sorrow, moments of unexpected joy and endless other emotions that sneak up on you out of nowhere, all while care giving for humans who depend on you. You take it day by day, moment by moment, […]

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The Backpack

Written by: Pamela Bills, LPC Many grieving people with whom I have spoken recently have expressed that during this time of pandemic, they feel as if their own grief and loss have been minimized.  When others minimize our feelings, or when we ourselves do so, it can be a natural tendency to “shove it down.”  […]

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Play-Doh vs. Rock

Written by: Jill Thorson, LCSW One of my favorite activities to do with grieving youth begins with an old classic, Play-Doh. I give them a small piece of the Play-Doh and explain the rules: in 60 seconds, it has to look different. Some jump right in. They tear and roll pieces, crafting something elaborate. Others […]

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Supportive Care, Patient Care, Hands of Hope

“Dying is a very personal and humbling experience. Helping to better prepare the client and their family and bring more meaning into their lives is what we do.” These words were shared by one of our many dedicated volunteers, Frances Channon. Frances has been working with Fox Valley Hands of Hope for over 20 years. […]

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Welcome to Our Blog!

“Hope, First Hand” is a blog aimed at inspiring and educating those interested in the work of Fox Valley Hands of Hope. For almost 40 years Fox Valley Hands of Hope has remained committed to providing compassionate guidance and support for the grieving. We have the distinct pleasure of meeting a multitude gracious, brave, and […]

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