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January 5, 2023

COH Grief Seminars for Lowellville Community Featured on Area Television

Organization Partners with Local School District in Response to Recent Traumatic Losses

Lowellville, Ohio (January 5, 2023) - Cornerstone of Hope recently provided several grief seminars for the Lowellville, Ohio School District and the community on January 2nd and 4th, respectively. Local TV stations covered the seminars and interviewed Julia Ellifritt, Education Director about the grieving process.

On Monday, January 2nd, Cornerstone provided several hours of education and support to the faculty and staff of Lowellville School District. Cornerstone Staff then returned on Wednesday, January 4th to present to the community on grief, trauma, and self-care. Julia also answered community questions and helped individuals to process their grief.

NBC affiliate WFMJ featured Julia on television and online on January 3rd as part of their story: "Lowellville Schools Hosting Grief Counseling Seminar for the Community" Additionally, CBS/ABC affiliates, WKBN/WYTV featured the grief seminar online as part of the article, "Grief counseling Seminar offers Community Guidance" on January 4th.

Cornerstone of Hope provided this support in response to several tragedies that the Lowellville community experienced in the past year. In May 2022, a 13-year-old student died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The shooting took place in the K-12 school cafeteria during lunch. More recently in December 2022, a mother and daughter were killed in a domestic violence incident on Watson Street in Lowellville.

Follow-up trainings and seminars are being planned as needed with Lowellville School District.

If your school or community has been impacted by loss and are in need of grief support and education, Cornerstone of Hope can help. Learn more by clicking the link below.

Learn more about our Community Response Programs


January 1, 2023

Begin Again

While there is an invitation to begin again at any time, the start of a new year can be a unique opportunity to strive towards something new or set a new goal for ourselves. During a season of intense grief and pain, however, this concept can seem impossible.

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December 1, 2022

The Language of Grief

Whatever your vantage point, stop and look around. This person may be currently grieving, that person may be about to be levelled by loss, that person may finally be coming up for air. You each have a unique, individual grief story, and yet you, me — all of us — we all share the language of grief and loss that is part of our human experience.

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November 1, 2022

No Heart Can Conceive

Arguably one of the most beautiful, poetic descriptions of what we can hope for, both for ourselves and our loved ones who have died, is the verse from 1 Corinthians: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man what things God has prepared for those that love Him.”

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October 4, 2022

The Unseen Grief of Pregnancy and Infant Loss

No matter what loss you’re grieving, we don’t want you to be alone. Ever. But the truth is that many people are alone with their grief. There are myriad reasons for this reality, and one of the most painful is because a loss isn’t seen by many, or if it is, it’s far too devastating for most people to acknowledge.

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September 2, 2022

Mid-Ohio Traumatic Loss Response Team Featured in Bucyrus-Telegraph Forum

Article Introduces Team to Crawford County Residents and Shares Mission to Help Survivors of Suicide and Overdose Loss, Need for Volunteers

Bucyrus, Ohio (September 1, 2022) - Cornerstone of Hope's Mid-Ohio Traumatic Loss Response Team was featured in the Bucyrus Telegraph Forum, a local newspaper serving the Crawford County, Ohio area. Crawford county is one of four counties served by the Team.

The feature article, "'Nobody grieves alone': Team will help after loss of a loved one to suicide or overdose" by Gere Goble, highlights the launching of the Mid-Ohio Traumatic Loss Team and how it will serve those in the community who have lost a loved one to suicide or overdose loss.

Learn more about the Mid-Ohio Traumatic Loss Team


September 1, 2022

Beauty from Ashes

In the weeks and months that followed 9/11, we shared with our church family, our friends, and colleagues the news of Becky’s tragic passing. Our church family kept saying how “strong” we were during this trial.  We didn’t feel strong at all; I give God all the glory for any strength others observed in us. He was truly our rock and our fortress through this dark time in our lives.

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August 1, 2022

Building Blocks

A loved one dies, and so many blocks come crashing down. Plans crash. Dreams crash. A future comes to an end. The pain of our losses is shattering; our broken hearts don’t quite know how to mend. On our walk of faith, our spiritual journey, it’s precisely amidst the shambles that God can work most powerfully.

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July 29, 2022

Camp Cornerstone 2022


July 11-15, 2022, Cornerstone of Hope in Independence, Ohio was filled with the chatter and excitement of 77 campers who attended Camp Cornerstone. Many enjoyed the travel theme and the field trips to Play: CLE, Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Lakewood Park, and Emerald Marina. The children also participated in various small group activities, such as arts & crafts, yoga, team building games, and much more. The last day ended with a balloon release for the children and their families as a way to remember their loved ones.

Visit cornerstoneofhope.org/info/camp-cornerstone to learn more about Camp Cornerstone.

Visit our services page to learn more about our camps and other programs for grieving children and teens.

July 1, 2022

When it is Not for us to Understand

There are so many situations in our lives where we withdraw from or exclude what makes us uncomfortable and confused, whether it is our own grief or another’s. How important it is though, for us to be present to the situation or the suffering, even if we are helpless to do anything else.

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