Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

Papillon

Mission

Papillon is dedicated to building healthier communities by providing professionally led, compassionate services for individuals, families and children experiencing loss and transition.

The Big Idea

Papillon Center for Loss & Transition provides seven different bereavement programs and ongoing education workshops throughout the year. These include Adult Drop-in Bereavement Discussion Groups held three times a week, Good Grief for Kids and Teens held three times a year, Pet Bereavement held twice a month, Transitional Support (When ‘We’ Changes to ‘Me’) held monthly,Pregnancy and Infant Loss held monthly and Child Loss held monthly. We also host Papillon Potlucks to encourage healthy eating and socialization and Heart's DO Heal, two day-long events held in Carmel Valley and at Mt. Hermon Adventures in Felton that are filled with art, journaling, ritual and physical challenges that act as a metaphor for grief. This year Papillon will also be launching the Madison Rose Memorial Library and Bookstore that will provide the community with multifaceted grief related resources and guidance in accessing services.

The tragedy and depth of my multiple losses still takes my breath away. I lost my mother in December 2014, my 27 year old sister in March, 2017, my oldest sister in August 2017 (37 years old) and my other older sister in January 2018 (36 years old). All four of them struggled with drug addiction. My son was born two weeks after my younger sister died. Both my older sisters only got to meet him briefly and they were so afflicted and paralyzed by their grief that it wasn’t a purely joyful meeting. Finding Papillon has kept me afloat on my darkest days. Hearing others share their experience and revealing the raw, honest, and often heavy emotions has helped me realize that I’m never alone. It’s a safe, nurturing place where I can go to start my long road to healing. The facilitator’s warm approach keeps me coming back week after week. The Papillon community shows me that I can heal.

- Kimberly Moir