The COPE Foundation

COPE Healing Tip of the Month

From COPE Clinical Director Amy Olshever, LCSW

The first year and beyond:

The first year of grief is often described by our culture as the hardest: the first special holiday without your loved one, the first birthday they aren’t here to celebrate, and so on. Unfortunately, the truth is that, because grief is so individual, for many of us it is the second year and beyond that continue to be difficult in different ways. The first year is the year that you are not alone in remembering that this is the first time you are without the one we lost. But in each subsequent year other people may be looking for you to have “moved on.” How you integrate your loss and find resolution with your grief is so personal. It is important to keep this in mind as you navigate the milestones and anniversaries and give yourself permission to grieve in your own time.

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A grief and healing organization
dedicated to helping parents and families
living with the loss of a child.

 

COPE (Connecting Our Paths Eternally) is a non-profit grief and healing organization dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child.

Since 1999, COPE has connected individuals who have experienced similar losses by providing ongoing emotional, therapeutic and spiritual programs. These include monthly parent and sibling bereavement support group meetings, weekly art and movement therapy workshops, and a variety of special programs for our members mourning a child's passing, as well as the community.

In addition to assisting local families on Long Island, our COPEline (grief hotline) and COPE website have enabled us to also provide grieving individuals outside of Long Island with immediate support and resources and referrals. By providing help and support, COPE enables individuals grieving the death of a child to find strength from within to face the difficult journey that lies ahead.

Dedicated to the spirits of our children who have passed, COPE helps us to Connect Our Paths Eternally, sustaining and building upon the bonds of love and energy that connect us with our children.

- Lillian Julien, President and Founder, in memory of Michelle Julien

- Richard & Judy Berg, Co-Founders, in memory of David Berg

- Patti Greenberg, Co-Founder, in memory of Sharon Gallucci


The end of 2012 marks 13 years since COPE has been a non-profit foundation. Twenty-one years ago, my 20-year-old daughter, Michelle, lost her life in an auto accident.  Shortly after her passing, she came to me in a dream and said, "I'm okay, Mommy. You're the ones who aren't okay and you need to reach out and help each other."   Her message inspired what has become COPE, an acronym for Connecting Our Paths Eternally. “Since the inception of COPE, Michelle’s message has been my ongoing inspiration. Her energy is the driving force within me, and she continues to co-create the path of COPE.

I hope that COPE can be a source of comfort and help you to one day find your way back to life.

Wishing you comfort and peace ,,.
Lillian Julien, COPE President and Founder


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COPE 2014 COPE Walk 12

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Long Beach Boardwalk
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