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VIRTUAL: Grief Journaling Workshop

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Meeting Space
Zoom Info: REGISTER HERE

During these uncertain and heartbreaking times, we know many people are hurting and looking for ways to deal with all of the emotions that are bubbling up. With us not being able to go to our loved ones when they are sick and/or dying, or to take solace in gathering with other loved ones, many of us are dealing with things we may never have before in our lives. One thing that we at the Oak Park Public Library have found that helps is journaling. While this is not counseling or therapy, it is a way for us to express ourselves and we invite everyone to journal with us.

In addition to dealing with the pandemic, other tragic events of life and death are still happening all around us.

Have you experienced the loss of a loved one (a partner, family member, mentor, friend, etc.)? Are you experiencing ambiguous loss* or anticipatory grief*? Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, you are welcome to join us on this journey of journaling. Each session will begin with prompts and/or a guided meditation followed by time to journal. At the end of each session, we will set aside time to share, if you feel so moved. Feel free to come to any or all workshops.

* Ambiguous loss refers to loss without closure. The person is often left searching for answers, which often results in unresolved grief. Some examples are infertility, termination of pregnancy, disappearance of a family member, death of an ex-spouse, a family member being physically alive but in a state of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer's disease or dementia, etc.
* Anticipatory grief refers to a feeling of grief occurring before an impending loss.

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VIRTUAL: Midday Meditation

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
You've likely heard people talk about the benefits of meditation for managing stress, boosting the immune system, and increasing energy. Now is a great time to start a practice or revisit one. This is a welcoming group of meditators, old and brand new. The session starts with Kundalini breath practices that offer powerful practices to shift your state of mind and make meditation more accessible. Teacher Betsy Grimm is a yoga and meditation instructor who is drawn to practices to help manage mood, anxiety, and depression. 

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
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VIRTUAL: Enjoy Your Space While Sheltering in Place

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
You’ve been spending more time than ever at home. Homes are serving so many functions now; in some cases, school, work, exercise that happened outside the home is now in your living room! Do you feel at ease and inspired in your home or overwhelmed and ready for a change in the new year?

Find out how you can reduce clutter and focus on what you love about your space with Megan Spillman, professional organizer and certified KonMari consultant. KonMari is the tidying method created by bestselling author Marie Kondo. You will leave the session with tips to use right away in your space.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
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VIRTUAL: Spanish Toddler Yoga With Miss Sandie

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join yoga instructor Sandie Gonzalez to learn yoga poses to share with your toddler and some Spanish phrases to go along with it! Ages 1-2 with caregiver.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.

ABOUT SANDIE GONZALEZ
Sandie Gonzalez is a preschool teacher and a certified children's yoga instructor. She is also a Reiki Master and enjoys working with young people.

"Children are our biggest blessing; therefore, we should work together to empower them through unconditional love and positive guidance. Yoga brings clarity, peace, and wholeness to those that practice. It is a great way to teach children the power that is within them."—Sandie Gonzalez
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VIRTUAL: The COVID-19 Vaccine & You

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
The COVID-19 Vaccine. One small shot for man. One small shot for mankind.  

You are invited to a presentation and discussion with Dr. Pitud Rangsithienchai, an allergist and immunologist in the Oak Park community, as he discusses this new treatment. Dr. Pitud will touch on many topics including vaccine mechanisms, efficacy, and possible reactions. The brief presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A session. No vaccine schedule information will be available at this virtual event. For more details about scheduling, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health's website and the Village of Oak Park website.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.

Please note:
  • The information in this presentation is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be the provision of medical advice.
  • Individuals should consult with their own healthcare provider if they have any questions or concerns about the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of COVID.
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VIRTUAL: A Fond Farewell: Celebrating the Pets We Have Loved & Lost

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Often when a pet dies, there is a lack of time or space for grieving their passing and celebrating their life. But losing a pet can be heartbreaking. It often upsets life in a most profound way, because they are with us when we get up in the morning, they rely on us for their care, and they greet us when we get home. Day-to-day life changes when a pet dies. 

In this program, we will share pictures (or descriptions) of the pets who have touched our lives. Instead of being a sad event, this will be a celebration of the joyous times, silly and irreverent tales, and a chance to say when you miss them the most. After that, we will draw or write about the pets.

Not required, but if you can, bring a picture of your pet (a digital or a physical one that can be shown through video). Also, we recommend that you have something to write with and something to write on (your computer or traditional pen and paper).

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOWAfter you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the webinar.
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VIRTUAL: Death Cafe

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to discuss death. Our objective is bring awareness to the impermanent nature of life so that we may remember the sacredness of each breath, A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Death Cafes are always offered: on a not for profit basis, in an accessible, respectful and confidential space; with no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
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VIRTUAL: Grief Journaling Workshop

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Meeting Space
Zoom Info: REGISTER HERE

During these uncertain and heartbreaking times, we know many people are hurting and looking for ways to deal with all of the emotions that are bubbling up. With us not being able to go to our loved ones when they are sick and/or dying, or to take solace in gathering with other loved ones, many of us are dealing with things we may never have before in our lives. One thing that we at the Oak Park Public Library have found that helps is journaling. While this is not counseling or therapy, it is a way for us to express ourselves and we invite everyone to journal with us.

In addition to dealing with the pandemic, other tragic events of life and death are still happening all around us.

Have you experienced the loss of a loved one (a partner, family member, mentor, friend, etc.)? Are you experiencing ambiguous loss* or anticipatory grief*? Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, you are welcome to join us on this journey of journaling. Each session will begin with prompts and/or a guided meditation followed by time to journal. At the end of each session, we will set aside time to share, if you feel so moved. Feel free to come to any or all workshops.

* Ambiguous loss refers to loss without closure. The person is often left searching for answers, which often results in unresolved grief. Some examples are infertility, termination of pregnancy, disappearance of a family member, death of an ex-spouse, a family member being physically alive but in a state of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer's disease or dementia, etc.
* Anticipatory grief refers to a feeling of grief occurring before an impending loss.

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VIRTUAL: Midday Meditation

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
You've likely heard people talk about the benefits of meditation for managing stress, boosting the immune system, and increasing energy. Now is a great time to start a practice or revisit one. This is a welcoming group of meditators, old and brand new. The session starts with Kundalini breath practices that offer powerful practices to shift your state of mind and make meditation more accessible. Teacher Betsy Grimm is a yoga and meditation instructor who is drawn to practices to help manage mood, anxiety, and depression. 

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
View More

VIRTUAL: Grief Journaling Workshop

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Meeting Space
Zoom Info: REGISTER HERE

During these uncertain and heartbreaking times, we know many people are hurting and looking for ways to deal with all of the emotions that are bubbling up. With us not being able to go to our loved ones when they are sick and/or dying, or to take solace in gathering with other loved ones, many of us are dealing with things we may never have before in our lives. One thing that we at the Oak Park Public Library have found that helps is journaling. While this is not counseling or therapy, it is a way for us to express ourselves and we invite everyone to journal with us.

In addition to dealing with the pandemic, other tragic events of life and death are still happening all around us.

Have you experienced the loss of a loved one (a partner, family member, mentor, friend, etc.)? Are you experiencing ambiguous loss* or anticipatory grief*? Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, you are welcome to join us on this journey of journaling. Each session will begin with prompts and/or a guided meditation followed by time to journal. At the end of each session, we will set aside time to share, if you feel so moved. Feel free to come to any or all workshops.

* Ambiguous loss refers to loss without closure. The person is often left searching for answers, which often results in unresolved grief. Some examples are infertility, termination of pregnancy, disappearance of a family member, death of an ex-spouse, a family member being physically alive but in a state of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer's disease or dementia, etc.
* Anticipatory grief refers to a feeling of grief occurring before an impending loss.

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VIRTUAL: Midday Meditation

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
You've likely heard people talk about the benefits of meditation for managing stress, boosting the immune system, and increasing energy. Now is a great time to start a practice or revisit one. This is a welcoming group of meditators, old and brand new. The session starts with Kundalini breath practices that offer powerful practices to shift your state of mind and make meditation more accessible. Teacher Betsy Grimm is a yoga and meditation instructor who is drawn to practices to help manage mood, anxiety, and depression. 

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
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VIRTUAL: Death Cafe

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Virtual & Offsite
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to discuss death. Our objective is bring awareness to the impermanent nature of life so that we may remember the sacredness of each breath, A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Death Cafes are always offered: on a not for profit basis, in an accessible, respectful and confidential space; with no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: This virtual program comes to you via Zoom. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
View More

VIRTUAL: Grief Journaling Workshop

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Meeting Space
Zoom Info: REGISTER HERE

During these uncertain and heartbreaking times, we know many people are hurting and looking for ways to deal with all of the emotions that are bubbling up. With us not being able to go to our loved ones when they are sick and/or dying, or to take solace in gathering with other loved ones, many of us are dealing with things we may never have before in our lives. One thing that we at the Oak Park Public Library have found that helps is journaling. While this is not counseling or therapy, it is a way for us to express ourselves and we invite everyone to journal with us.

In addition to dealing with the pandemic, other tragic events of life and death are still happening all around us.

Have you experienced the loss of a loved one (a partner, family member, mentor, friend, etc.)? Are you experiencing ambiguous loss* or anticipatory grief*? Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, you are welcome to join us on this journey of journaling. Each session will begin with prompts and/or a guided meditation followed by time to journal. At the end of each session, we will set aside time to share, if you feel so moved. Feel free to come to any or all workshops.

* Ambiguous loss refers to loss without closure. The person is often left searching for answers, which often results in unresolved grief. Some examples are infertility, termination of pregnancy, disappearance of a family member, death of an ex-spouse, a family member being physically alive but in a state of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer's disease or dementia, etc.
* Anticipatory grief refers to a feeling of grief occurring before an impending loss.

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VIRTUAL: Grief Journaling Workshop

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Meeting Space
Zoom Info: REGISTER HERE

During these uncertain and heartbreaking times, we know many people are hurting and looking for ways to deal with all of the emotions that are bubbling up. With us not being able to go to our loved ones when they are sick and/or dying, or to take solace in gathering with other loved ones, many of us are dealing with things we may never have before in our lives. One thing that we at the Oak Park Public Library have found that helps is journaling. While this is not counseling or therapy, it is a way for us to express ourselves and we invite everyone to journal with us.

In addition to dealing with the pandemic, other tragic events of life and death are still happening all around us.

Have you experienced the loss of a loved one (a partner, family member, mentor, friend, etc.)? Are you experiencing ambiguous loss* or anticipatory grief*? Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, you are welcome to join us on this journey of journaling. Each session will begin with prompts and/or a guided meditation followed by time to journal. At the end of each session, we will set aside time to share, if you feel so moved. Feel free to come to any or all workshops.

* Ambiguous loss refers to loss without closure. The person is often left searching for answers, which often results in unresolved grief. Some examples are infertility, termination of pregnancy, disappearance of a family member, death of an ex-spouse, a family member being physically alive but in a state of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer's disease or dementia, etc.
* Anticipatory grief refers to a feeling of grief occurring before an impending loss.

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