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The Courage to Grieve

June 16th, 2024

At Brian’s Healing Hearts we are beginning to explore specific themes related to grief. This month, we are learning about and discussing the courage to grieve and the gift of vulnerability. Grief is one of the most vulnerable experiences in life and with loss comes so many fears. We worry about those we love, fearing more loss. We face uncertainty and instability at work and home. Grief affects relationships and we fear abandonment because of our loss. It is normal…

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2024 LAX2LIVE Recap

May 21st, 2024

Staff member Jaileen Barber reflects on the 2024 season of our LAX2LIVE lacrosse student-athlete mental health and suicide awareness program. Through LAX2LIVE, the Brian Dagle Foundation reaches over 1,000 high school and college lacrosse players each year, sharing Brian’s story and encouraging them to reach out and ask for help. The program’s motto “It’s okay to not be okay,” is repeated with each team, letting the athletes know they’re not alone. I can confidently say that LAX2LIVE is one of…

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In April, we remember Brian.

March 29th, 2024

In April, we remember Brian. On April 2, Brian would be celebrating his 32nd birthday. When we remember someone who is no longer here on earth to celebrate their birthday, so many emotions flood our hearts. Today, I share some of my experience when I think of Brian and his birthday. It usually starts as February ends and March begins; it’s like clockwork. My body feels different. My heart is heavy, tears drop easy. The shift just happens. It’s been…

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March 2024

March 4th, 2024

A note from Chelsea Bourn, Brian Dagle Foundation Program Coordinator: It’s been such a pleasure getting to know the Brian Dagle Foundation community since I started as Program Coordinator at the beginning of December. From my first week at the Jingle Bell 5k, it was evident how compassionate and welcoming everyone is and how impactful and important the services here are to the shoreline community and beyond. Though grief and loss are a new scope of practice for me professionally, I…

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February 2024

February 2nd, 2024

I had the chance to attend a conference in January titled with Dr. Alan Wolfelt from the Center for Loss and Life Transition. The conference, “Living with Meaning and Purpose,” was created by Dr Wolfelt to help people maximize their natural gifts and strengths. The conference covered: For me, it reaffirmed that I’m doing the work I should be doing. Brian’s Healing Hearts heals the hearts of so many, but it also provides healing for me.  Trust me, it’s taken me…

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Suicide prevention month has been a blur…

October 10th, 2023

We shared Brian and our story all over New England. We taught QPR and did tables and pop up at schools and Patriot’s Place. We had middle schoolers paint inspiring messages on rocks for our healing garden and walked with many of you at the AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk. We are hosting more support groups than ever before and we finished construction on our new space: The Cottage. But we’re not done. We have so many exciting things…

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