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Local Walks & Hikes

As summer wraps up, it might be a good time to head outside and soak up some sunshine. Studies show that spending time in nature can reduce stress and be a comfort to those who are grieving.

Here is a list of some local walks and hikes. Pacific Northwest Trail Association has some great ideas. If you have a favorite spot, take a moment and share it on the private Facebook page so others can enjoy the treasure you discovered!

Purchase with Purpose

Amazon makes back to school shopping a breeze and using Amazon Smile is an effortless way to donate to BTBF while you shop.

Amazon Smile contributes to Behind the Badge Foundation with every purchase so log onto Amazon Smile for all your back to school needs… and make a difference while you shop!

Remembering Officer Diego Moreno

From the Kent Police Deparment:

The Memorial Service for Kent Police Department Officer Diego Moreno will be held on Tuesday, July 31st, at 1:00 p.m. at the Showare Arena, located at 625 W James Street in Kent.

If you wish to participate in the procession, the staging area is at Emerald Downs, located at 2300 Emerald Downs Drive (aka Ron Crockett Drive) in Auburn, WA.

The gates to Emerald Downs will open at 6:00 AM.  Plan to arrive before 10:00 AM if you will be attending.  For all outside agency vehicles, please look for the WSP Troopers and volunteers to assist you with parking.  An overhead map of Emerald Downs is being sent in a separate message to follow due to the size of the file.  The grandstand area restrooms will be available for use.

Marked and unmarked cars are welcome, but please use those with exempt plates only.  Please bring your police credentials in case there is any confusion with the unmarked vehicles.

The procession will begin at 11:00 AM. Once at the ShoWare site you will be directed on where to park.

We understand that people want to help in any way they can, in times like this.  We also realize that they may not have an idea on how they can help.  The Kent Police Department has set up two funds that can accept donations, which is a great way to help.  The first is through US Bank.  It is called the “Diego Moreno Memorial Fund” and donations can be made at any US Bank.  If there is any confusion when speaking to the bank, you can reference the Kent Police Foundation.  The donations to this fund go directly to the Moreno family.

Another way that people can help is to donate to the Kent Police Foundation.  This fund will help pay for funeral expenses first, with the remaining balance going back to the Moreno family.  Public funds cannot be used or gifted to pay for funeral costs, so this fund will assist in making the memorial possible.  Once the expenses are covered, the remaining donations will be given to the Moreno family for their expenses.

Officer Moreno was an avid patch collector, so the family would like to encourage attending officers to bring a patch if they like so that it may be added to the collection that will be passed to his son.  There will be a designated area as you walk into the ceremony where patches can be collected.

The Kent Police Department would like to thank all those that have sent kind words, prayers and assistance during this time.  Please join us in any way you can and celebrate an extraordinary person, Officer Diego Moreno.

Thank you for coming to honor Officer Moreno.

Today is Sibling Day!

Sibling grief is as unique as your relationship. Here is an article from whatsyourgrief and a book from Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D that you might find helpful.

As a general rule, we hesitate to write about different types of loss.  To clarify, I am not referring to types of grief, which we’ve written about extensively.  Instead, I am referring to loss in regards to the type of relationship, such as the death of a parent, spouse, child, and so on. Allow me to share two reasons for our hesitancy: [Read More]

 


We are family because there’s a little bit of each of us in all of us.
–Gregory E. Lang, Why We Are A Family


 

The Behind the Badge Foundation Resource Center has more information specifically about sibling grief.

If you have found material that was helpful to you, we’d love to know about it so we can share it with other siblings. Leave us a reply in comments or send an email to cindi@nullbehindthebadgefoundation.org

Planting a garden can be full of peace and healing

March 20 was the first day of spring. Planting a garden can be full of peace and healing…”You can “dig for victory” but I have discovered you can also dig for mental health. Creating a new garden by hand, working in step with nature and the seasons, has enabled me to unpack my feelings in a more deliberate way than I might otherwise have done. A garden forces emotional patience. Plants can’t be hurried but they have a definite constancy.” –Charlie Hart

3 WAYS GARDENING CHANGED MY OUTLOOK ON GRIEF

Digging through tears: how gardening helped me to grieve for my parents

 

Glassy baby Gives Back

Did you know?

Glassybaby has selected Behind the Badge Foundation as their partner charity for the month of March. 10% of all online sales will be generously donated to Behind the Badge Foundation.

Glassybaby are hand-blown glass votives and drinker with color and light for people who love to give kindness.

Each glassybaby is a little piece of art, one-of-a-kind and hand-blown, with its own unique name, color and story. They are available in more than 400 colors, each with a unique name like ‘true blue’, ‘hope’, ‘brave’, ‘courage’, and ‘fortitude’.

As of 2018, glassybaby has donated over $8 million to more than 400 non-profit organizations.

For more information, or to purchase glassybaby and support Behind the Badge Foundation, please visit glassybaby.com