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Newsletter Stories

Volunteer Spotlight: Hector’s Journey

In the connected world of grief support, there are individuals who shine like radiant threads, weaving compassion, dedication, and resilience into the lives of those dealing with loss. Meet Breana Crenshaw, a glowing example of someone who not only brought professional expertise but also a heart deeply touched by personal loss when she joined Bridges of Hope in the fall of 2021...

Building Resilience through Hope, Hooves, & Healing

The Lambright family has faced unimaginable challenges since the tragic loss of their beloved mother, Reshana Lambright. Shana, as she was affectionately called, was killed in a devastating Amtrak/car collision on Remount Rd on October 30, 2021. With the children aged 13, 10, and 6 left to navigate the complexities of grief, Deangelo, Delia, and Montrel found solace and support through the Stepping Stones Grief Support Program, a transformative experience provided by Bridges of Hope.

Celebrating Breana: A Beacon of Hope and Healing

In the connected world of grief support, there are individuals who shine like radiant threads, weaving compassion, dedication, and resilience into the lives of those dealing with loss. Meet Breana Crenshaw, a glowing example of someone who not only brought professional expertise but also a heart deeply touched by personal loss when she joined Bridges of Hope in the fall of 2021...

Leading the Way: Novie Payne

An Interview with Novie Payne: "It can be difficult to hear some of the details of how someone’s loved one died. Our loved ones live on in our hearts, so sometimes recalling a cherished memory can make us laugh out loud or simply smile in remembrance of them. Also, I admire how resilient kids are. When they have a strong support network and an organization like Bridges of Hope to help them navigate the grief process, they can heal and...

Waves of Grief: A Reflection on Life, Loss, Healing & Hope

I will never forget sitting on an airplane in my early twenties, reading my newly discovered copy of Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet. His words bold in my memory, “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes...

Finding Hope One Step at a Time

Meet Tyrell, a brave 13-year-old boy who had to face the unthinkable - the death of his beloved mother after she underwent a kidney transplant and fell ill. With his life suddenly uprooted, Tyrell found himself shuttling between his aunt's and grandmother's homes, struggling to cope with his overwhelming grief. In the wake of this devastating loss, Tyrell and his family found solace in...

Leading the Way: Chris Wells

Every organization has dedicated leaders, but Chris Wells takes it to a whole new level. Chris has been leading grief groups at Shannon's Hope Camp for nearly 30 years! "By giving young people the space to be sad, have fun, make friends, and be in the healing wonder of nature, we not only help them learn important lessons, we learn some, too."

Making a Difference: Marlena Hamm

Every camp has a huge impact on the children. The way they come to camp shy and quiet, to then mostly being able to share their story is remarkable. The impact the candlelight ceremony has leaves an imprint on my heart each time. If I had to pick one moment that I felt I personally made the biggest difference, it was sitting outside the cabin in the middle of the night with a little girl who couldn’t sleep -  her mom had died of drug overdose. My stepdad is an addict, and overdosed many times. So while I couldn't fully understand how she felt, I could relate to a lot of what she felt and even understood why she felt a sense of relief that it was all over.  After listening to her for quite awhile, she was able to go back to bed and get a good night’s sleep...

A Fall Full of Hope

As the seasons change, so can our grief. So, we've designed a fall full of activities to empower you & your family to connect & grow. Mark your calendars and plan to join us this season! And as the newest member of the Bridges of Hope, I look forward to meeting you soon.

September...

Standing in the Gap: A Legacy of Compassionate Care

Standing in the gap is a great way to describe most of what was done here at the Hospice Cottage. As clinical professionals, you stood in the gap between pain and comfort. As behind-the-scenes support staff, you stood in the gap between frustration and peace of mind. As volunteers, you stood in the gap between loneliness and comfort. As a donor, you stood in the gap between a stressful ICU and a peaceful home-like cottage for care. As an artist, you stood in the gap between a sterile setting and a place of beauty. Regardless of your role, you stood in the gaps between isolation & community, shock & acceptance, hopelessness & meaning...