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GOLF Tournament August 20th!

The 3rd Annual Big Sky Commerce Charity Golf Classic,  a benefit for Tamarack Grief Resource Center, will be held Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at The Ranch Club (8501 Ranch Club Road) in Missoula, Montana. Together we can change lives! 

Here are all the details on the Tournament, Team Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities:

 There will be fun and exciting contests galore!

  • $5,000 Putting Contest
  • Closest to the Pin
  • Hole in One and more!

Schedule of Events

  • 7:30 am Continental Breakfast
  • Range opens
  • Putting contest
  • 9:00 am Shotgun Start – Scramble
  • 2:00 am Lunch, Auction & Awards

TEAM REGISTRATION (click here to download the form!)

  • All golf packages include Greens Fees, Golf Cart, Luncheon, Auction and Prizes
  • $600 Team (Foursome)
  • $150 Individual Player
  • $50 Luncheon Guest Only

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Green Jacket Sponsor $5,000

  • Customized Package for up to 16 players
  • Prominent logo placement
  • Special Green Jacket Sponsor recognition during closing ceremony

Platinum Sponsor $2500

  • 2 Foursomes (8 players)
  • Two Tee signs/Plaque of Recognition
  • Hole on Course
  • 16 luncheon tickets
  • 16 raffle tickets
  • Recognition in Program

Gold Sponsor $1500

  • 4 Players
  • Tee sign/Plaque of Recognition
  • 8 luncheon tickets
  • 8 raffle tickets
  • Recognition in Program

Hole Sponsor $300

  • Includes a table for your staff and business

 All proceeds support Tamarack Grief Resource Center, a 501 (c)3 organization.

 Make Checks Payable To:

Tamarack Grief Resource Center

Attn: Kathryn

516 South Orange Street

Missoula, Montana 59801

Specializing in bereavement camps, Tamarack Grief Resource Center (TGRC) offers a variety of year-round bereavement programs and services for children, teens, adults, and families to support their journey with grief. The strength-oriented programs of TGRC honor individual responses to loss while strengthening the larger systems in which they live: families, schools, organizations, and Montana communities.

Big Sky Commerce offers payment processing solutions to businesses nationwide since 2003, and supports many non-profits in the communities it serves. Big Sky Commerce has organized an annual charity golf classic to raise funds for a designated non-profit. This year’s beneficiary is Tamarack Grief Resource Center.

For more information contact:

Tamarack Grief Resource Center

KathrynTGRC@live.com

406.541-8472

 TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE LIVES!


Tonight’s the night!

Please join Tamarack Grief Resource Center at the east end of the train on Alder Street near the XXXXs at 5:30 for pre-Festival of the Dead parade activities!

Photo: Tonight's the night! 

Please join Tamarack Grief Resource Center at the east end of the train on Alder Street near the XXXXs at 5:30 for pre-Festival of the Dead parade activities!


A big shout out to MisCon for their kind support of Tamarack Grief Resource Center. Justin Barba, MisCon Chair made our day! Shown here with Tim Giesler, Board President & Tina Barrett, Executive Director.

Photo: A big shout out to MisCon for their kind support of Tamarack Grief Resource Center. Justin Barba, MisCon Chair made our day! Shown here with Tim Giesler, Board President & Tina Barrett, Executive Director.


Don’t miss the upcoming Holiday Workshop:

“Re-creating the Holidays Following Loss” for those grieving the loss of a loved one this holiday season. These free workshops will be held at the Missoula Public Library Tuesday, November 12th at 5:30pm and Thursday, November 14th at the Kalispell Library at 5:30pm. Together we will explore ways to practice self-care, manage the stress of the holidays and create meaningful moments throughout the season. Together we are stronger!

Photo: Don’t miss the upcoming Holiday Workshop: “Re-creating the Holidays Following Loss” for those grieving the loss of a loved one this holiday season. These free workshops will be held at the Missoula Public Library Tuesday, November 12th at 5:30pm and Thursday, November 14th at the Kalispell Library at 5:30pm. Together we will explore ways to practice self-care, manage the stress of the holidays and create meaningful moments throughout the season. Together we are stronger!


Holiday Workshop

Holiday Workshop – Recreating Holidays Following Loss
Explore ways to: Manage holiday stress, Take care of ourselves, Create Meaningful Moments throughout the season

Tuesday, November 12
5:30-6:30 PM
Missoula Public Library

Photo: Holiday Workshop - Recreating Holidays Following Loss 
Explore ways to: Manage holiday stress, Take care of ourselves, Create Meaningful Moments throughout the season

Tuesday, November 12
5:30-6:30 PM
Missoula Public Library


Thanks Missoulian for the coverage on Saturday!

Missoula’s Day of the Dead parade honors the deceased


Festival of the Dead

Families, staff and board members joined together to paint faces and prepare flowers to gift to community members during the Festival of the Dead Procession! Missoulians rallied with presence and spirit despite the pouring rain during the procession!

Photo: Families, staff and board members joined together to paint faces and prepare flowers to gift to community members during the Festival of the Dead Procession! Missoulians rallied with presence and spirit despite the pouring rain during the procession!


Fall 2013 Adult Grief Group

Registration is now open for TGRC’s Fall 2013 Adult Grief Group, for men and women who have experienced the death of a loved one. We will “brown-bag” at TGRC headquarters in Missoula on Mondays for 6 weeks, beginning October 14th. Space is limited and registration is required, so give Julie a call at 541-8472 today!


TGRC Teen Camp at Flathead Lake

REGISTER NOW!! TGRC Teen Camp at Flathead Lake

TGRC TEEN CAMP IS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30 – SUNDAY OCTOBER 2 AT FLATHEAD LAKE.

Teen Camp immerses high-school students and young adults in the natural world as they camp on the shore of Flathead Lake on the last weekend in September sharing support, self-discovery, and healing. Please call the office if you have any questions and/or wish to receive registration materials.

“Everyone at camp has experienced a loss, a piece of you is broken, and camp helps you put it back together.” – Camper, 2010

Set amidst Montana’s pines and mountain lakes, Teen Camp is a fun, supportive, and healing camp for students in high school through age 19 who are grieving the death of a loved one. Teen camp offers kids unique opportunities for grief work and commemorative activities. Under the guidance of professionals with expertise in bereavement and outdoor activities, grieving and remembering are balanced with a healthy dose of traditional camp fun: swimming, kayaking, campfires, games, singing, arts and crafts, nature hikes, and more. Our programs honor the growing independence of this age group, allowing teens to be part of a supportive community as they expand their repertoire of constructive coping strategies, begin to reconstruct their lives after loss, and reinvest in life.

Lead facilitator at the camp is Tina Barrett, Ed.D, LCPC, Executive Director of TGRC. Barrett has facilitated over 50 groups, camps, retreats and workshops focusing on strengthening individuals amidst loss and transition.

For more information about camp, including fees and how to register, please contact our Missoula office or print out and send the forms below. Please note: completion of the Registration Form does not automatically enroll your child at camp. Please return the forms to us and we will confirm that there is space available for your child and that your child is likely to benefit from the camp experience. Thank you!

For information and registration materials either print out the above forms or contact us at:

TGRC Headquarters

516 South Orange Street

Missoula, Montana 59801

tamarackgrc@live.com

(406) 541-8472

TGRC Flathead Office

17 Second Street East, #208

Kalispell, MT  59901

flatheadtgrc@live.com

(406) 261-0724


A Camp to Remember – Day Camp 2013

We are looking forward to this special camp Monday, July 15 through Thursday, July 18! A Camp to Remember– Day Camp 2013 is for bereaved children ages 6-11 or entering grades 1 through 6 and will be held in Missoula. There will be ample space to run, play games, swim in the pool — and have fun! We will also be making a day trip to an area park mid-week to explore, play, and have the chance to build objects of honor or remembrance. Registration is required by July 8th so give us a call at 541-8472!

Camp begins at 9am Monday, July 15 and ends at 3pm on Thursday, July 18th          

Contact us: Do let us know if you have any questions or need additional info by calling Tamarack Grief Resource Center, (406) 541-8472.

Facilitators Include:

  • Allyson Foster, Program Coordinator
  • Tammy Henry, Volunteer, Nursing Student
  • Julie Ballew, MA, and Darcey Sant-Fairchild, MSW, Grief Specialists
  • Tina Barrett, EdD, LCPC, Executive Director and Program Supervisor

Tamarack Grief Resource Center is now on Facebook! “Like” and keep up to date on programs and activities!


2013 Big Sky Commerce Charity Golf Classic

The 3rd Annual Big Sky Commerce Charity Golf Classic,  a benefit for Tamarack Grief Resource Center, will be held Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at The Ranch Club (8501 Ranch Club Road) in Missoula, Montana. Together we can change lives! 

Here are all the details on the Tournament, Team Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities:

 There will be fun and exciting contests galore!

  • $1,000,000 Shootout
  • $5,000 Putting Contest
  • Closest to the Pin
  • Hole in One and more!

Schedule of Events

  • 7:30 am Continental Breakfast
  • Range opens
  • Putting contest
  • 9:00 am Shotgun Start – Scramble
  • 2:00 am Lunch, Auction & Awards

TEAM REGISTRATION (click here to download the form!)

  • All golf packages include Greens Fees, Golf Cart, Luncheon, Auction and Prizes
  • $600 Team (Foursome)
  • $150 Individual Player
  • $50 Luncheon Guest Only

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Green Jacket Sponsor $5,000

  • Customized Package for up to 16 players
  • Prominent logo placement
  • Special Green Jacket Sponsor recognition during closing ceremony

Platinum Sponsor $2500

  • 2 Foursomes (8 players)
  • Two Tee signs/Plaque of Recognition
  • Hole on Course
  • 16 luncheon tickets
  • 16 raffle tickets
  • Recognition in Program

Gold Sponsor $1500

  • 4 Players
  • Tee sign/Plaque of Recognition
  • 8 luncheon tickets
  • 8 raffle tickets
  • Recognition in Program

Hole Sponsor $300

  • Includes a table for your staff and business

 All proceeds support Tamarack Grief Resource Center, a 501 (c)3 organization.

 Make Checks Payable To:

Tamarack Grief Resource Center

Attn: Kathryn

516 South Orange Street

Missoula, Montana 59801

Specializing in bereavement camps, Tamarack Grief Resource Center (TGRC) offers a variety of year-round bereavement programs and services for children, teens, adults, and families to support their journey with grief. The strength-oriented programs of TGRC honor individual responses to loss while strengthening the larger systems in which they live: families, schools, organizations, and Montana communities.

Big Sky Commerce offers payment processing solutions to businesses nationwide since 2003, and supports many non-profits in the communities it serves. Big Sky Commerce has organized an annual charity golf classic to raise funds for a designated non-profit. This year’s beneficiary is Tamarack Grief Resource Center.

For more information contact:

Tamarack Grief Resource Center

KathrynTGRC@live.com

406.541-8472

 TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE LIVES!


2013 Grief Institute

Announcing TGRC’s 9th Annual Grief Institute

Featuring internationally renowned Dr. Jack Jordan

APRIL 18 & 19, 2013 AT ST. PATRICK HOSPITAL IN MISSOULA, MT

  • April 18: Devastating Losses
  • April 19: Grief After Suicide

REGISTER FOR THE 2013 GRIEF INSTITUTE ONLINE

2013 GRIEF INSTITUTE BROCHURE

2013 GRIEF INSTITUTE BROCHURE


 

April 18: Devastating Losses:

NEW UNDERSTANDINGS, NEW DIRECTIONS

Check-in: 8:30 – 9am
Seminar: 9am-4:30pm (lunch 12:15 – 1:15 pm)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION (CES PENDING):

This workshop will look at bereavement through twin factors: the nature of the relationship with the deceased, and the nature of the death – and how they can combine to create complicated grief. After a brief review of new bereavement models and research findings, we will use these twin perspectives to understand why some losses become much more difficult than others. We will also explore the implications of this perspective for assessment and intervention, focusing on new techniques for helping the bereaved to deal with both the trauma of the death, and the loss of the relationship. The information presented will have wide applicability to work with people who have lost any important relationship. The conference will be informed by research and clinical experience, and will include the use of didactic lecture, case discussion, and audiovisual presentation.

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:

  1. Identify several emerging theoretical developments in the way the mourning process is being understood and describe differences and similarities in trauma and complicated grief responses.
  2. Recognize risk and protective factors for the development of complicated grief responses.
  3. Describe a foundational model for the roles of the grief counselor.
  4. Describe several promising new treatment techniques for complicated and traumatic grief.

GRIEF INSTITUTE WILL BE HELD AT:

St. Patrick Hospital
Broadway Building Conference Center
500 West Broadway
Missoula, MT

Please park in the old Safeway parking lot, across from the hospital at the corner of Broadway and McCormick.

April 19: Grief After Suicide:

UNDERSTANDING CONSEQUENCES AND CARING FOR THE SURVIVORS

Check-in: 8:30 – 9am
Seminar: 9am-1:00pm (lunch provided)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION (CES PENDING):

This half-day workshop will provide a focused overview of the impact of suicide on survivors, with clinical and support responses that are needed after a suicide occurs. The workshop will include didactic presentation, group discussion and case examples from the speaker’s practice. Topics covered will include; a brief review of the epidemiology and contributing factors involved in most suicides; the psychological impact of suicide on survivors; common themes in the bereavement of survivors; risk factors for complicated grief after suicide; and postvention options to help survivors.

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:

  1. Identify five common themes in grief after suicide.
  2. Assess for risk factors for complicted grief responses in survivors.
  3. Understand the benefits of various intervention options for survivors.

April 19: Community Workshop:

GRIEF AFTER SUICIDE: FINDING HOPE & HEALING

4:00pm – 6:00pm
Open and FREE to the public
No Registration Required

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION (CES PENDING):

The suicide of a loved one can have a profound impact on those left behind. Grief after suicide may entail high levels of disorientation, guilt, regret, anger and trauma. This workshop will draw on the presenter’s years of experience as a grief counselor specializing in work with suicide loss survivors to describe the remarkable pathways of healing that survivors can walk. Topics will include the impact of suicide on individuals and the family as a group; some of the myths of grief recovery; ways that survivors can help themselves; and when to seek professional help. The workshop is geared towards people grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide and will be of value to those supporting grieving survivors.


About the Presenter:

Dr. John (Jack) Jordan is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Wellesley, MA, and Pawtucket, RI He was the Founder and the Director until 2007 of the Family Loss Project, a research and clinical practice providing services for bereaved families. A Fellow in Thanatology from the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), Jacke has specialized in work with survivors of suicide and other losses for more than 30 years.

As the Clinical Consultant for Grief Support Services of the Samaritans in Boston, Jack is helping to develop innovative programs for suicide survivors. He is also the Professional Advisor to the Survivor Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). In 2006 Jack was invited to become a member of the International Workgroup on Death, Dying, and Bereavement, and was the recipient of the ADEC 2006 Research Recognition Award.

For over 25 years, Jack has provided training nationally and has also helped to organize and lead many healing workshops for suicide survivors. He has published over 35 clinical and research articles, chapters, and books in the areas of bereavement after suicide, support group models, the integration of research and practice in thanatology, and loss in social systems. He is the co-author, with Bob Baugher, of After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief and is the co-editor, with John McIntosh, of the book Grief After Suicide: Coping with the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors (Routledge, 2011). He is also the coauthor with William Feigelman, John McIntosh, and Beverly Feigelman, of the recently published book Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope With the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs (Springer, 2012).


LODGING OPTIONS:

RUBY’S INN AND CONVENTION CENTER

(800) 221-2057 or (406) 541-7829 4825
North Reserve Street, Missoula, MT
Conference Rate $50 per night, book by April 1st Please reference Code: Grief Institute

HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN AT THE PARK

(800) 399-0408 or (406) 721-8550 200
South Pattee Street, Missoula, MT
Conference Rate $89 per room, book by April 10th Please reference Code: Grief Institute

Shuttle service will be provided to and from the conference (from either hotel above) leaving 8:30am returning 5:00pm.


The 9th Annual Tamarack Grief Resource Center 2013 Grief Institute is Presented by:

DPHHS  Hospice-of-Missoula

MAJOR SPONSORS:

CommunityMedicalCenter   Hospice-Eductation-Institute

SILVER SPONSORS:

AspenHospice   GardenCityFuneralHomes   PartnersHomeHealth   Rocky-Mountain-Hospice   WallaWallaUniversity   WMMHC

 

St. Patrick Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


ACTR Benefit Jan 31!

“A CAMP TO REMEMBER – BENEFIT” IS COMING UP JANUARY 31!

READ THE PRESS RELEASE!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

 


Re-Creating Holiday Traditions — Ideas for Families Facing Loss and Transitions: By Tina Barrett and Melanie Trost

For families in transition, the holidays often represent one of the most difficult times of the year.  Inevitably we are surrounded by reminders of “the holiday season” in public places, on TV and on the radio.  The lights, music, gifts and evergreen may seem out of sync with internal feelings and/or may trigger painful memories.  As tempting as it may be to deny the existence of the holiday season, avoid it completely, and somehow emerge in January, this fantasy is futile. So the question becomes not how to avoid or deny, but rather:

How can we help ourselves through the season, explore short-term and long-term priorities, and gradually learn to make holidays meaningful once again?

Clarify priorities and reduce stress:

  • Inventory your holiday preparation. What is important? What is not necessary? Eliminate unnecessary pressures on yourself and others.  Shift the focus to things that are really important to you and your family.
  • Resist overextendingor over-committing. Be realistic to avoid feeling that you have failed.
  • Inventory your holiday traditions. Do you have family traditions? Is it important to carry them on this year or is this a good time to begin some new ones? Reevaluate, consider, and discuss ways of keeping traditions you find meaningful in ways that may alleviate some of the pain. Attempt to merge traditions in blended or newly formed families.

Focus on what is most helpful and most meaningful for your family at this time.

Give yourself permission to create meaning in your own way.

  • Give special consideration to activities that are significant to both you and your family.

o   If Christmas or Hannukah hold religious significance for you, allow time for honoring that significance in your activities.

o   Create a ritual to honor someone who has died or someone who is not able to be with you this year.

§  Hang a stocking in which everyone can place notes, poems, photos, drawings.

§  Light a candle during meals or significant gatherings.

§  Include an activity in that person’s honor/memory (snow angels, sledding, reading a treasured book aloud…).

§  Have an interactive card, mural, or chalk board where people can jot down passing thoughts, feelings, sentiments.

  • Don’t hesitate to do whatever makes the holidays more meaningful and more bearable for you.

o   If you thrive on the busy-ness and the meaning of bringing a large group of family and/or friends together to get you through the day – then by all means, DO IT!

o   If you want to hang a stocking of a deceased loved one, then do it!

o   Where is it that you feel most alive – most content – most centered? In the outdoors? In yoga? In a church service? Dancing? Drawing? Baking with the kids? Knitting with friends? Sledding? Meditating? How can you integrate this into your holidays?

  • Allow yourself to do things differently if it would be easier.

§  Go to a different church or attend an alternative gathering.

§  Open presents at a different time (i.e. Christmas Eve instead of Christmas morning)

§  Have a small dinner instead of a large one.

§  Have dinner at a different time and invite the family for dessert in the evening.

Take care of yourself.

  • Create space to honor your grief and your pain. Do whatever helps with this: talk, cry, write, look at photos, play music, visit special places. Remember it is ok to cry.
  • It is ok to talk with others about your loved ones and your experience. Others may not bring up painful subjects believing that they are protecting you. If you desire, break the silence and mention it yourself. Assess your support, work to clarify your needs, and allow yourself to lean on others.
  • Take time to be with others and love them, but also give yourself permission to spend time alone. Carve out space to grieve and validate the changes  – time to cry, time to contemplate.
  • Find a creative outlet. Write, draw, dance, sew, photograph, design, build, sing…
  • Let go of pleasing everyone else, and do some things that are especially meaningful to YOU.Think about blatant self-care. What could bring you even the tiniest bit of comfort, peace or beauty? A daily bath? A walk with a dear friend? Reading silly books or magazines? A precious flower? Polishing your toenails? Listening to favorite music? Visiting a museum, library, café or other special place?

Recognize that our greatest joy may come in doing something for someone else.

  • If you are a parent, try especially hard to bring your children into the planning of the holiday and make it positive for them. Include them in your grieving activities. Listen to them, talk to them, be with them. When asked directly, kids often have clear ideas about how they wish to acknowledge people they care about who are not present during the holidays.
  • Great pleasure can come from helping others. If you have the energy, sort out old clothes and household item and donate them to a shelter, group home, or thrift store. Think about making cookies for someone who has been especially supportive to you. Write a note to someone who has been on your mind and loves mail. Donate a can of food to the Food Bank.

Ideas compiled by: Tina Barrett, LCPC and Melanie Trost, LCSW of Tamarack Grief Resource Center incorporating ideas from Johnson, W.Y. (1991). The Holidays: A mixture of love and pain. Thanatos, p. 28-29. Specializing in bereavement camps, Tamarack Grief Resource Center honors and strengthens individuals and families throughout their journey with grief.www.TamarackGriefResourceCenter.org

Questions or comments can be sent to Tina Barrett, Executive Director of TGRC at: tamarackgrc@live.com


Annual “A Taste To Remember” Dinner

Make your plans now, as tickets are going fast:

MONDAY MAY 21, 2012 – THE GOVERNOR’S ROOM, FLORENCE HOTEL

111 NORTH HIGGINS AVENUE, MISSOULA, MONTANA

LIMITED SEATING, FOR RESERVATIONS CALL TGRC AT: (406) 541-8472

Tickets: $100/person; $180/couple

Sponsor: $1000/table of eight

6pm: Welcome and Cocktails; 7pm: Dinner

Five Great Chefs— Five Great Courses

(Wine specially chosen for each course thanks to “Wine Guy Mike”!)

Course 1 Chef Abe Risho, Silk Road

Kobe beef encrusted in chili, cocoa & espresso, seared rare and sliced thin over avocado aioli; accompanied by fresh sea scallop ceviche with tamarind & citrus, over papaya-ginger salsa, topped with a plantain crisp.

Course 2 Chef Sean Ehlert, The Missoula Country Club

Tomato bisque with a mozzarella bruschetta.

Course 3 Chef Beth Higgins, Two Sisters Catering

Spring salad with prosciutto bacon, roasted grape tomatoes, and a poached quail egg.

Course 4 Chef Noel Mills, James Bar

Moussaka—Greek casserole made with local braised lamb, sautéed eggplant and a rich béchamel sauce.

Course 5— Posh Chocolat and Big Dipper

Big Dipper Specialty Sorbet and Posh Chocolate Truffle

 

 “This was amazing—one of a kind meal—there’s nothing like it anywhere else, it’s unique.”

– Patron at the 2011 “A Taste To Remember

Special thanks to our table sponsors:

Ruby’s Inn and Convention Center • Big Sky Commerce • Diana Nash

Community Medical Center • Title Services of Missoula • Hospice of Missoula • Partner’s In Home Care

 

SPECIALIZING IN BEREAVEMENT CAMPS, TAMARACK GRIEF RESOURCE CENTER STRENGTHENS AND HONORS INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES THROUGHOUT THEIR JOURNEY WITH GRIEF.


Get your tickets NOW to the Annual A Camp To Remember Benefit Dinner on January 19, 2012, at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake!

2012 ACTR Benefit Art(Above: Some of the paddles and fine art pieces to be auctioned off at the event.)

ACTR Benefit Dinner: LIVE Auction items—in auction order

Tamarack Grief Resource Center’s Annual Benefit Dinner and Custom Art Paddle Auction at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

Kids

Kalispell, Montana – January 5, 2012 – On Thursday January 19th, starting at 6:00 pm at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, 1380 Wisconsin Avenue, Whitefish — Tamarack Grief Resource Center (TGRC) will hold their annual “A Camp To Remember Benefit Dinner”.

Current sponsors for the event include: The Whitefish Credit Union, Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Homes, and North Valley Hospital.

Tamarack Grief Resource Center is a nonprofit that serves bereaved children, adults, and families in western Montana. Specializing in bereavement camps, Tamarack Grief Resource Center strengthens and honors families throughout their journey with grief.

“Everyone at camp has experienced a profound loss, a piece of you is broken,
and camp helps you put it back together.”

– Youth Camper, A Camp to Remember

“This is TGRC’s major fundraiser for the year in the Flathead Valley and we look forward to a full house again this year,” said Barb Myers, TGRC Board of Directors and event coordinator. “All the money we raise goes directly to the programs serving children, teens, and adults. Tickets are $75 per person, and while they last, tickets can be purchased at Wheeler Jewelry, 139 Main Street in downtown Kalispell, the Red Union Salon at 118 Central Avenue in Whitefish, or by calling me at (406) 249-2196.”

There will be a no-host cocktail hour and music starting at 6pm, a sit down dinner at 7pm, a silent auction throughout the evening, and the prestigious live Paddle & Art Auction beginning around 7:45pm.

Each year, through the generosity of local artists, original artworks are created on wooden paddles, along with unique fine art works and auctioned off at the event. This year’s artists include: Nancy Dunlop Cawdry, Carol Hagen, John Rawlings, Matt Springer, Marsha McDonald, Hal Sundvahl, Lisa Schaus, Kelly Agar, and Lorinda Smith. These paddles are one-of-a-kind art pieces that become collector’s items for one’s home or business. They are being displayed around the valley before the event.

We are delighted to have Whitefish’s own, Richard Atkinson, as the auctioneer of the Prestigious Live Art & Paddle auction again this year. You can bid for paddles at the event, or by phone if you can’t make it. Please call 406-249-2196 to set up your call-in auction number.

TGRC is funded through the support of community members, families, businesses, foundations, and program fees. No grieving child or adult is turned away for lack of money.

You will never know how much your presence in our lives has helped to support
and heal our grieving souls.”  
– Parent of campers, and program participant

TGRC’s flagship program, A Camp To Remember, held every summer for the past 15 years serves children ages 8-16 who have lost a loved one. The camps are held on Flathead and Georgetown Lakes and mix the joy of a summer camp including swimming, arts and crafts, and active games with opportunities for remembering and honoring the loved one that has died.

Other programs include family camps, women’s retreats, teen retreats, school-based support groups, community workshops, professional seminars, and consultations. For a full review of TGRC’s programs, camp dates, and other information please visit our website:www.TamarackGriefResourceCenter.org.

This year’s event will have a ‘fancy campfire attire’ theme and you are welcome to come dressed for a very special campfire evening! The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is offering a special rate for attendees who would like to “take the elevator home”. Please call 406-863-4000 for a Lodge reservation.

During times of loss, individuals can benefit from connections with understanding others as they reconstruct their lives. Tamarack Grief Resource Center is dedicated to fostering this support and understanding throughout the grief process. TGRC is committed to offering grief camps and retreats in collaboration with area hospices, hospitals, and related organizations. With nearly two decades of experience designing and implementing therapeutic camps and over 50 grief camps and retreats conducted, TGRC has become the region’s most comprehensive grief resource center specializing in bereavement camps.

TGRC Headquarters
516 South Orange Street
Missoula, Montana 59801
(406) 541-8472