Supportive Resources

This is a challenging time, and we want to help connect you with supports for your emotional and mental well-being. This collection includes resources we have found from across the internet, as well as ideas created (and practiced!) by the Trellis Supportive Care team. We invite you to explore this page and add some of these ideas to your own self-care practice. Be well and stay connected to your supports. We will continue to add resources, so check back here for updates!
 

Please note: some of these links will take you away from our website; please come back to explore more resources!

GRIEF SUPPORT

We have heard from many of you that the pandemic has compounded your experience of grief. Loneliness and anxiety, as well as the need to continually adjust to losses are experiences that ring true for many grieving individuals…and are now facets of our collective experience with COVID-19. These resources will connect you with information, different perspectives, and coping support.

Coping with the Holidays

The holiday season is often difficult for those who are grieving losses. Grief may feel more acute as you navigate feelings of sadness and the reality of your loss, which can leave you feeling disconnected from the holiday cheer and celebrations around you. In 2020, the pandemic adds a unique challenge for everyone: holiday gatherings, travel, and traditions may look different for you and your family this year.  As you look ahead to this holiday season, these resources may help you find new ideas, as well as offer support for your well-being during this time.

A Time for Reflection & Remembrance Video

Join Trellis Supportive Care in an online gathering for bereaved families. This annual remembrance event offers support for anyone who is grieving a loss, coupled with opportunities for support and quiet reflection. This uplifting time is led by our team of counselors and chaplains. Even as you view the recording, we invite you into shared space with all those who have been – and will be – a part of this gathering.

Holiday Grief Support Guide

A printable handout from What’s Your Grief, an online resource for anyone who is grieving. This handout includes dozens of links within the WYG site, including tips for coping with the holidays, ideas for memorializing loved ones, and tips for supporting friends.

Coping with the Holidays workshops for kids, teens, and adults – view our flyer for details

Printable Handouts

Online Resources

What’s Your Grief
One of our go-to resources for grief education & support, this site offers perspective on the impact of Coronavirus on grieving, as well as general grief education and support.

Podcasts to Explore

Printable Handouts

See Mindfulness & Self-Care resources below for more coping supports. For additional grief support and resources, please call (336) 331-1300 or complete a grief counseling request via our website.
 

SUPPORT for CHILDREN & TEENS

It is important to create safe space for children and teens to share their feelings, questions, and perspectives. This is especially important if you are supporting a child whose rhythms have been upended by the pandemic and/or the loss of someone they love. These resources will provide helpful tips and information for supporting the children in your life.

Online

10 Tips for Talking about COVID-19 with your Kids
From NPR: notice how these tips overlap with grief support advice!

The Dougy Center
A collection of resources for grieving children, teens, and their families

Recommended starting point: Anxiety and Coping with Coronavirus from Child Mind Institute

Coping Supports

  • Share Memories
    • Memories are a vital part of healthy grieving, and can provide a sense of comfort and connection for children
    • Create a Memory Object with Counselor and Art Therapist Susanna Lund
  • Go Noodle
    • Short, fun videos for kids
    • Can help to get the wiggles out, create enjoyable breaks during the day, and reinforce values
    • High energy starting point: Milkshake video
    • Calming starting point: Have Compassion video
    • See Mindfulness & Self-Care Resources below for more ideas

Pet Loss Support

If you are mourning the death of a beloved pet or animal companion, please know that you are not alone.  Visit our Grief Counseling page for more details about the services & supports that we can offer. These articles provide personal accounts from families who have experienced the loss of a pet during the pandemic:

Handouts

MINDFULNESS & SELF-CARE

Simply put, mindfulness brings you into connection with the present moment. It encourages awareness and acceptance of thoughts, emotions, and what is felt through the senses. As a team, we are increasingly aware of the impact of mindfulness upon managing stress, coping with difficult feelings, and supporting a practice of self-care and self-compassion.

In a season when your usual activities may be limited, we invite you to explore these ideas to support your self-care and nurturing. Be sure to check back for updates!

Before you begin, we invite you to join us in a simple practice:

  • Pause for a moment
  • Place your feet upon the floor (or, if reclining, feel the supports beneath you)
  • Notice your breath as it moves in and out of your body
  • Take a few comfortable breaths, at your own pace 

Self-care can begin this simply…with pause and connection.

Online Resources

A Simple Overview of Mindfulness from Psychology Today


The Value of Journaling

We often recommend writing as a coping tool, especially for teens and adults. In fact, we offer annual writing workshops for adults, as well as share in a partnership as a cocoon site for the C2 Foundation Butterfly Book initiative. For more information, call (336) 331-1300.

Guided Meditations 

Join our Complementary Therapies team in these practices to help create moments of care and ease in your body, mind, and spirit.

A Few Helpful Apps

There are many apps that offer free access to at least some of their resources. See below for apps that we frequently recommend, and that may serve as a starting point for you. You can visit website links by clicking on each image, or find wherever you access apps on your devices. 

  • Explore meditations, breathing exercises, and “sleep stories”
  • Calm has offered a range of Free Resources curated especially for support during this difficult time
     

  • Stop, Breathe, Think for Adults & Stop, Breathe, Think for Kids
  • Each session begins with a self-check, and leads to a variety of options  to support healthy coping  

 

  • Relaxation meditations from teacher Andrew Johnson
  • Download a free relaxation meditation by searching for “Relax with Andrew Johnson” in the app store

  

Escape through Nature, The Arts, and Travel

Take an adventure and explore the world without even packing a bag. View art in famous museums, listen to internationally known opera singers, visit a national park, and let your worldview expand as your mind wanders at the wonders of the world.

If you’re feeling restricted or seeking a feeling of connectedness, there is a world just waiting to be explored. Click on the adventure you want to take.

Nature

The Arts

Travel