On a chilly but bright February day, volunteers from Buzzy’s tabled at the first ever “Guilding Love and Grief” community fair hosted by the Safe Crossings Foundation and Seattle Children’s hospital. The day included many activities, from a youth panel attended by Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, to a game of cornhole, a firetruck tour, and the chance to meet a retired service dog who is now an accomplished painter.
Alongside a display of reproductions of art from our Give Grief a Voice program, we also hosted a creative project from a fellow organization, Love Rocks, where attendees were invited to glue a fabric heart onto a rock and use it to spread love and joy into the world. We at Buzzy’s are so grateful we were able to table the event side by side with many other wonderful organizations and people who seek to open the conversation surrounding grief and grief culture.
We would also like to extend a special thank you to April McCormick, one of the first parents to participate in Give Grief a Voice who graciously agreed to join us at our table to help share the work we do. April recently started the podcast Uncomfortable Friend where she shares her journey with grief, which she shared at our table as well. You can listen to her story here.