April is National Donate Life Month

At Grief Support of the Rockies, we are passionate about organ and tissue donation. According to Donor Alliance, 67% of Coloradoans and 59% of Wyoming citizens are registered donors (4). Organ and tissue donation gives hope to the more than 123,000 men, women and children in the United States who are awaiting these lifesaving gifts (1). There are many misconceptions about organ and tissue donation. Some misconceptions come from a simple lack of awareness on the subject, while other misconceptions are created by incorrect or misguided story lines in the entertainment industry. Having and sharing accurate information about organ and tissue donation can save a life. Here is a list of important organ and tissue donation facts to consider that will hopefully clarify any misconceptions or preconceived notions about donation.

10 Important Donation Facts to Consider

  1. Organ donation: includes heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, small bowel – up to 8 lives can be saved by one organ donor. (2)
  2. Tissue donation: bone, tendons, corneas, veins, valves and skin – more than 100 lives can be enhanced through tissue donation. (2)
  3. Every 10 minutes another person is added to the national organ transplant waiting list in the United States. (1)
  4. Twenty-one people die every day waiting for an organ – more than 6500 deaths per year. (2)
  5. 1 in 4 donors is not biologically related. (2)
  6. Factors considered in making an organ “match” include medical need, location of donor and recipient, and compatibility. (2)
  7. In Colorado more than 2,500 people are on the waiting list for an organ transplant. (3)
  8. Buying and selling organs and tissues is not allowed for donation purposes, but is allowed for research. (2)
  9. Families do not pay for organ donation. Costs related to donation are paid by the recipient, usually through insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.
  10. You are never too old or unhealthy to register to be a donor (4). More information on the requirements to become a donor can be found here.
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Upcoming Donate Life Events

Bonnie, Amanda, Jessica April 15 – National Blue and Green Day – join us in wearing blue and green to support donation!   April 30Wyoming Donor Dash

Therapist Spotlight

This month, we will take a look at what makes our co-founder Amanda Mahoney an invaluable asset to our community! Amanda Mahoney Amanda D. Mahoney, MA is a private practitioner in Colorado who has been dedicated to supporting grieving children and families for over a decade. She has and continues to speak on the local and national level on the topic of children’s grief, teen grief, pet loss, compassion fatigue and self-care. She has provided hospital-based, home-based, school-based and office-based therapy to individuals, families and children grieving the death of someone close. Amanda received her BA from Boston College and her MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. A Certified Teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) through the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University, she was excited to be the first to offer CCT in Colorado. Amanda is co-founder of Grief Support of the Rockies and offers Compassion Cultivation Training in Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver.

Look for information on a half-day training by Grief Support of the Rockies for therapists and mental health professionals – coming Summer 2016.

Other News

Need to Talk?

Co-founder Jessica Kuhn, MA specializes in grief and loss and couples counseling. She is a Level 1 PACT clinician and an EMDR practitioner. The Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) was developed by Dr. Stan Tatkin and involves a combination of attachment theory, developmental neuroscience and arousal regulation. PACT has transformed the way Jessica works with couples, and she finds these sessions to be not only effective, but fun and energizing as well. Jessica is currently accepting new couples and individuals in her private practice. For more information or to schedule an appointment, click here.

Are you Grieving?

Bonnie Cochran, LCSW and Maggie Tibbetts, LCSW Certified Grief Recovery Specialists are accepting registrations for The Grief Recovery Method class. This is an action program for moving beyond death, divorce, and other losses. There are over 40 loss experiences including death, divorce, moving, pet loss, change in financial stability and loss of trust. This interactive workshop is a safe place to examine what you’ve been taught about loss, explain your beliefs about grief, and will guide you in completing a set of actions that will enable you to move forward in your life with hope and healing. Once equipped with these tools, you will be able to work through other losses that you have experienced in your life. Fort Collins Schedule: Free Informational presentation: March 31, 5:30 – 7:00 3 Day Weekend Workshop: April 29 – May 1, 8:30 – 5:30 3 Day Weekend Workshop: July 15 – July 17, 8:30 – 5:30 6 Day Workshop: September 29 – November 3, 5:30 – 7:30 For more information and to register please contact Bonnie Cochran, LCSW at 970 222-1517 or bonnie@growtobestrong.com baf6da5d-3955-44ca-ab1e-a72707305e72

Compassion Cultivation Training

Co-founder Amanda D. Mahoney, MA has another offering of her Compassion Cultivation Training coming up in Fort Collins and Boulder! Fort Collins: March 30-May 18, 2016, 5:30pm-7:30pm Boulder: March 29-May 17, 2016, 5:30pm-7:30pm Do you crave a more authentic connection with others during your daily interactions, wanting to see life through a more compassionate lens? Learn to intentionally choose compassionate thoughts and actions that help relate to others and yourself in a more connected way. Register today for Stanford University’s Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) led by certified CCT teacher Amanda D. Mahoney, M.A. Register at coloradocct.com
“Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” –Jose N. Harris
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