I had such a great discussion with Dr. Tina Barrett of Montana’s Tamarack Grief Resource Center for this episode. Tina is a nationally recognized specialist in outdoor-based grief support programs. She co-founded Tamarack, and has run grief programs and camps for over 20 years. With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day right around the corner, I invited Tina to speak with us about ideas for approaching these holidays, and so much more. We talked about:
Tina’s dissertation and research findings on how outdoor-based grief support can be beneficial for grieving youth and adults;
Programs offered by the Tamarack Grief Resource Center, including grief groups, youth overnight and day camps, Women’s Rendezvous, Men’s Retreat, and Family Camp;
Why both Father’s Day and Mother’s Day might be hard, whether it’s mom or dad who died;
Practical ideas for honoring Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, whether you have young children or teens;
Tips on approaching school activities around Mother’s / Father’s Day, such as writing assignments and art projects;
Different grief styles, and how important it is to understand and recognize that people, including kids, grieve in different ways; and
The difference between self-care and self-indulgence.
I hope you enjoy my discussion with Dr. Tina Barrett.
Links & resources for this episode
Tamarack Grief Resource Center - Missoula, Montana
Tamarack’s A Camp to Remember info, 2019 youth camp schedule, and 2019 Family Camp schedule
Darcie Sims - Does Grief Come in “One Size Fits All?”
Tamarack on Facebook and Instagram
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