Dr. Kelsey Crowe: Author and founder of Help Each Other Out

Kelsey Crowe, PhD is the founder of Help Each Other Out, which makes human connection in times of suffering easier for patients, their loved ones, and professionals via workshops, interactive games, and talks. She co-authored There Is No Good Card for This: What to do and Say When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to the People You Love. She teaches social work at California State University. Her work has been featured on several media outlets like NPR, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, Oprah.com, and others. She hopes…

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Empathy Bootcamps by Dr. Kelsey Crowe

An Empathy Bootcamp is a 3.5 hour program, taught by Dr. Kelsey Crowe, Tracy Mulholland and staff, that helps us build stronger, more trusting relationships. The approach is grounded in social science but delivered with common sense, humor, and heart. You will come away with tools you can apply immediately for being a better friend, colleague, and family member. Find out more about Empathy Workshops, how to host or sign up for one, HERE

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The Mother of All Regrets

Mother’s day is tomorrow. It’s an incredible day because my daughter is so excited to celebrate it with me. And like for many who’ve lost their mothers, it’s also a hard day. It isn’t the remorse for what I never got to say that weighs on me. It’s regret for all that I did say. I was a young adult and full of myself. I was so mad at her.          I didn’t expect her to go. For anyone who loves their mother (and not all…

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Advice is highly toxic material to be handled with care

Humorist Henry Alford in his social etiquette book Would It Kill You To Stop Doing That? describes giving advice as an every day unpleasantry “we commit each day” that we wish others around us would stop doing. Giving advice feels great. How often do we have such crystal clear clarity? Usually, however, such lucidity is a false promise of knowing and our advice ill suited. It’s not uncommon to have it followed up by the proverbial sound of crickets or an impish, “Oh yeah, I…

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David Carr: You taught me too

David Carr, a New York Times journalist renowned for his honesty and acerbic brand of compassion died last Thursday. His article Calling Out Bill Cosby’s Media Enablers, Including Myself about the recent Bill Cosby rape scandal meant a lot to me. He described profound disappointment in himself and other journalists for sweeping under the rug the mounting allegations of rape made by several women against Bill Cosby. Why did they ignore the story? He offers it was for the simple reason that many of us…

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Miscarriage in Mongolia: An expat’s tale of being there

Millicent Bogert is our guest blogger today. She gives compassion a welcome edge with wit and smarts, and I admire her greatly. Below she gives an example of how culture grooms practices of Being There in miscarriage. Many have described Help Each Other Out as a welcome resource in a Western culture that teaches much about being productive, and far too little about being present. Millicent’s short essay helps crystalize this notion beautifully. A Bit About Grief and Community I am an American, living and working in…

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Help Each Other Out and The Dinner Party in Dogpatch SF Feb 1-8 2015

We’re so excited! Help Each Other Out teamed up with The Dinner Party to launch “Being There”, a nation-wide campaign inviting people to read about and share the gestures that meant the most to them following a significant loss. The Dinner Party is a community of mostly 20- and 30-somethings who’ve each experienced significant loss, and get together over dinner parties to talk about it and the ways in which it continues to affect their lives. The campaign includes a series of posters housed in storefronts, featuring…

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SF Camerawork Exhibit- So Fancy! Up Till January 24th

Here are some pictures from the opening of our wonderful art exhibit at SF Camerawork– a forerunner in pushing new forms of photography and artists. Michael Shinder’s photographs along with HEO posters and our Share What Works wall- people sharing gestures that got them through a rough time. So honored to exhibit there along with the incredible Kerry Mansfield’s and her Aftermath series featuring self-portraits of her Breast Cancer treatment.    

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